Maureen Yatwa

IN HER OWN WORDS

I met Dr. Pam Popper while participating in a program sponsored by my employer. There were several reasons why I wanted to participate in this program, and one of them was that I had Crohn’s disease for 19 years. During that time I was medicated with steroids, antibiotics and other medications, would have flare-ups and even was hospitalized a few times. In 1993, I had my gallbladder removed and my Crohn’s had advanced so much that I was hospitalized with toxic shock syndrome and had 12 inches of my intestines removed in an emergency surgery. The infection was so severe that the wound was left open to heal; I was left with a horrible scar. From there I routinely had visited the bathroom between 6 and 14 times per day, my stomach was always sore and bloated, and I just accepted that this was my fate. I had to always be near a restroom and the anxiety I experienced would cause me to shake, sweat and feel guilty because I was always making my family wait while I found a bathroom. A class trip with my children was a heinous experience.

Dr. Pam told me the very first time we met that I could get better, and that she would help me figure out what to eat and what not to eat. The program I attended lasted for five days, and by the end of this time, my Crohn’s disease was better. I maintained a plant-strong diet after the program and my Crohn’s disease completely went away!

For the first time in 19 years, I am not running for the bathroom and I have the freedom to do anything I want to do. I can watch my daughter’s whole soccer game without running to a restroom. This has totally changed my life.

Getting rid of the Crohn’s disease is not the only positive change: I’ve lost 19 pounds and my blood pressure and cholesterol dropped to ideal levels.

I wish I’d known about this earlier, but I’m grateful to have my life back.