I am now 76 years ‘young!’ and yes I am still here!
I say that as much in jest as I do in all seriousness…
Today, I feel so grateful to be here at all, after spending the last 13 years, recovering from a rare neuromuscular disorder, which seemed to take forever to manifest itself!
If there is one lesson I have learned over these last few years, it is that of the message of retaining ‘true health’ in my life!
How important it is to look after the one and only ‘vehicle’ we spend our whole life in!
Our amazing, unique, self-healing body!
We all have just one of these, and we need to look after it as we do our most prized possession!
I learnt at a very early age from my maternal Grandfather, that “Everything happens for a reason, my boy!”
Wow! was he right? or what!
I also learnt, a little later, that for every action we take in our lives there is always an opposite, yet equal, reaction!
A moment reflecting…
So here I am now, well on the way to recovering from a basic mistake, regarding my own health!
I had made that error, in my most financially successful years, doing what I always wanted to do..
I had crafted my profession as a communications specialist in IBM UK Ltd, then subsequently I broke away to form my own consultancy, yet still being involved with IBM as a Business Partner and working with them.
Thanks to the most influential and wise mentor, I had the good fortune to meet, one Zig Ziglar – whose famous and inspirational quote, still rings in my mind today: – “You, can have EVERYTHING, you WANT in life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want!”
I went right up to the pinnacle of that sweet success, in my finest hour, in Gibraltar, always helping others, teaching and learning something new everyday, while at the same time loving every moment of a vocation I was so grateful to have found, where I never thought of it as ‘work’ – but always as one of the most enjoyable times of my life…
Then BAM!.. everything falls apart!.. What on earth happened?
I have now come to realize, that none of us can afford to ignore the subtle little messages, which emanate constantly from our amazing physical form, that every one of us experiences many times throughout our lives.
When we get a ‘pain’, our body is telling us, “There is something wrong, with what you are doing to me!”, but we are all just too busy, doing something we believe at the time is more important…
“We ARE invincible!” – We say to ourselves, as we reach for the instant short-term solution, instead of seeking the cause of that ‘pain’, swallowing the ‘pill of suppression’, provided yet again from our learned but very overstretched medical profession.
Oh, how wrong we all are!..
We hear quotes and inspirational phrases from famous people, yet we still ignore that advice, and take the medicine (usually a suppressant) rather than heed the warnings.
I know! I learnt, what I believe to be, one of the hardest lessons of all!
The ‘Dali Llama’ summed it up so eloquently when he said: –
“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present: the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
My body finally, had just had enough!
If I am honest. it started to fail me some 10 or even more, years earlier… yet I stupidly kept on ignoring the signs until it then started to attack in a most vicious but slow progression… I began to lose my strength, then my balance, continuing in a stumble awkward gait, falling and tripping, which not only produced more pain in grazed knees, but also ripped the knee area in many pairs of trousers, as I stumbled across the border, through the customs checkpoint into Gibraltar where I was so, so fortunate to begin my day, doing the things I had come to love most.
I was diagnosed, after a period of some 5 months, in April 2006, with an ‘autoimmune’ condition called, funnily enough, “I.B.M”…
“What did you say?” I asked the eminent neurological consultant…
“You have a neuromuscular condition called ‘Inclusion Body Myositis‘, a rare and slowly progressive disorder, one of the Muscular Dystrophy group of muscle wasting conditions. Sadly we do not know what causes it, we have no recommended cure, and because it is a ‘rare’ condition, there is very little research being carried out in this country, except through Muscular Dystrophy UK.
We have tried many of the recommended courses of action, but most have found that the side effects from these procedures manifest in further associated problems, so our advice is that you learn to live with it the best you can! “…
“Oh, and by the way, you will be needing to use a wheelchair, with the next two years!”…
How could I have something called IBM? didn’t he know? My life, so far, had been heavily involved with IBM, the computer giant, and still was to a great extent!
I was, despite this, one of the most fortunate people on earth, to be able to say that I enjoyed every day, helping other people with their computers, and running a fantastic and lucrative business in the process!
What more could anyone ask for in life!
Over the years, we’ve reaped some rewards… but then, after I learned that I had contracted a neuromuscular disorder, which had left me for most of the day in a wheelchair, it was a good job I had…
We were effectively forced to return to the UK, to get the support and treatment, that I needed to survive. Sadly we had to give up our business, and our lovely Spanish villa on a golf course in southern Spain, and were now living in rented wheelchair accessible accommodation in the Hampshire countryside.
Onwards and upwards
After 8 years of searching and researching, I found the “cause”!
Well, that is, I found what I consider to be the cause of my own neuromuscular disorder!
Better still, I found a solution too!
“There is Always a solution…”
As with most situations, the answer is very rarely simple, in my case it was!
It was all down to WATER!
Yes, I know, you think I am mad here, but allow me to explain…
I was severely dehydrated!
The massive change, the ‘Light Bulb moment’ came to me when I started to drink more water!
What prompted me was a recommendation given to me to change my diet! Stop drinking the beverages I was drinking and drink more water!
My head at the time was not in a good place, and I was having some ‘Life Changes Counselling’, I was severely depressed, in a lot of pain and was in a situation where I was looking for a solution!
I was, it would now seem, that I was ‘ready to receive’ advice…
“When the Student is ready the Teacher will appear!”
I WAS READY! The teacher was someone who believed in me! Believed I could, and told me so!
I went vegetarian, then ‘pescatarian’ and I took a 6,000-year-old, natural spice remedy called ‘turmeric’. It was mixed up with ginger, honey, and black pepper, and believe you me, you need to drink loads of fresh water, with that combination!
First, my arthritic pain started to disperse, then my stomach challenges began to subside, migraines became less frequent, and my fatigue began to go away too.
I learnt more about all the new things I was doing and chatted to other friends around the world, I learnt about my disorder and how others were coping, the picture was a little different for me, it was called “determination!”.
Most of my peers were still looking for a ‘pill’ solution, I had dismissed that, because of the lack of understanding from the conventional medical profession, about my rare condition. Pills were definitely out of the question!
I began my research into “Auto-immune” condition… then I REALLY started to learn a few lessons!
I returned to nature in a BIG way. It was while I was chatting (on-line) to an old acquaintance, that I started to learn about our most precious of all elements on this planet – WATER.
I had opened a new page, in my own book of life.
So, you think water is just water, eh?
Water is the only substance which we cannot do without!
I know it is a new challenge for many, it was for me!
Drinking 3-4 litres of Alkaline ionized Water every day, is my life now!
If you want to avoid the challenges I went through, over the last 12 years, it should be yours, too!
Keeping yourself ‘hydrated’ should be your #1 goal, not just for you, but for all your family and friends too!
Water is the most precious substance we have on this planet!
Please make sure to look after ALL the precious water that covers our planet, not just the 1% that is available to drink!
Life is a balance, which the wonders of nature look after for us all, we must ALL respect that, in order for our species to survive!
For me, it has become the balance of having a healthy body, healthy finances, and peace of mind, so that we can enjoy everything we want to do in this life and help others to achieve their dreams too.
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