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My Doctor Thought Systemic Sclerosis Was Fatal

Author: Debbie W.
Date: 07-17-2014
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Testimonial ID: 9915-OR
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I met an angel on March 22, 2014, and began a journey to a new life!

Let me introduce myself. I am Debbie Willis, 63 years old, a former car sales manager and RV sales manager. My passion is my horses, and I have a small tack and saddle business left to me by my life partner, John Arnold, who passed from cancer 5 years ago.

In 1967 I had my first of 14 knee surgeries (including 3 total replacements) on my left knee.

In 1979 I developed deep vein thrombophlebitis (aka deep vein thrombosis, DVT) in my left leg, resulting in blood clots in my lungs.

In 1983 at the age of 32, I had a hysterectomy, followed 2 weeks later by a massive staph infection and more surgery to drain abcesses. I was hospitalized for 6 weeks and nearly died.

In 1985 I started having a lot of muscle pain and spasms and was making almost weekly trips to the doctor to try to find an answer. I was on Demerol and other painkillers, but nothing cut the pain for long. I changed doctors in 1986, was misdiagnosed with polymyositis, and was put on massive doses of prednisone that resulted in steroid poisoning.

After severe infections of the parotid glands and months on intravenous antibiotics, I developed osteoporosis and was sent to UCLA Medical Center for diagnosis and treatment to get off the steroids and into a trial program for a new osteoporosis treatment of calcitonin injections. The diagnosis this time was severe fibromyalgia. I then started a long course of pain control treatments that included biofeedback, trigger point injections, and pain meds that continued until March 2014.

In 2005 I had to have a spinal fusion of my sacral and lumbar spine.

In 2007 I developed a problem with my gallbladder that required surgery. A few days later I suffered the first of 4 heart attacks but did not pay too much attention because right after that was when John was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He became my total focus and concern until he passed in October 2008.

After all the stress of his death and settling his estate, I began to feel fatigued with major flareups of the fibromyalgia and was having breathing problems as well. After some lengthy tests in 2010, my doctor found that I had scleroderma. And after a bit more time, he found it to be the internal type called systemic sclerosis, which is fatal and untreatable.

I had another heart attack in February 2010 and had half my thyroid removed in June of that year after it had literally hardened to the consistency of stone. I was put on oxygen later that year for my breathing problems, and the pulmonologist said that it was only a matter of time until my lungs would shut down completely.

During this time I was still trying to lead a somewhat normal life, keeping my business going and doing whatever I could to keep going. I was also having a lot of trouble with knee replacement #2 that was done in 1995 and which had never worked right or been without pain.

In January 2012 I fell off the haystack and tore my left rotator because my knee gave out, leading to extreme pain in my shoulder. I requested surgery for the knee and went in for replacement #3 in June 2012 after a big fight with the cardiologist (having had another heart attack in March earlier that year).

After surgery I had a small heart seizure coming out of the anesthetic but was okay afterward. The doctor found that my body had been trying to reject the replacement knee components, and that was what had been causing all the pain, swelling, and problems over the years.

Days after the surgery I no longer needed the oxygen and was feeling better. My immune system quieted down for a bit, and everything got a little better. The scleroderma slowed down, the lung damage was kept under control with several asthma medications, the pain and depression that came with it were treated by ever increasing pain meds and Xanax, and I was put on a blood pressure medication to keep my veins dilated to counter the effects of the scleroderma.

This had been going on for the last 2 years with increasing fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, bloody diarrhea, etc. until March of this year, 2014, when I really did think that it was almost over and that the disease had finally won. At this point I spent 2 weeks almost unable to move without extreme pain, I could not breathe, and I was exhausted. All I got from the doctor was that I should increase the meds yet again.

Now we come to the present... and the beginning of my "new life" on March 22, 2014. My niece called from Norco (a small horse town across the river from where I live) and asked me to come to the Backcountry Horsemen Rendezvous, a 3-day event for horse enthusiasts, complete with vendors, demonstrations, and competitions. I was literally waiting to die from the bowel and lung problems, but I forced myself to get up and go there for her.

While there, as I walked slowly down a row of vendors with my sister, a young lady about 20 feet away from me stepped out of her booth and said, "Please, may I help you with your pain?" I told her that nothing but a bullet or the "pink shot" could help me, but she asked to try anyway. So I said, "Okay."

That is how I met Mary Halstead and her company of angels. She used a few essential oils on me and gave me some water with essential oils in it to drink. Just 5 minutes later the pain was almost completely gone. I stayed and visited with my sisters and friends for the whole day!

I came home that evening, fed my animals, ate dinner, and slept the entire night without waking for the first time in years. When I awoke on Sunday morning there was no pain, I could breathe freely, and I had not taken my usual handful of pills the night before!

I ate, showered without pain, and went back to find Mary and discover what had made such a difference in me. We talked for a long time, and she shared the goodness of the Young Living essential oils and their benefits. I signed up immediately and placed an order.

Mary treated me again with Frankincense, PanAway, Copaiba, and Progessence Plus Serum. Then she gave me a small cup of NingXia Red juice and more of the water. I was pain free and off meds until Wednesday, when it began to wear off. I had to take 2 pain pills and went back on my asthma meds.

I was so happy when my order arrived Thursday. I immediately started the essential oils using PanAway, Stress Away (contains Copaiba), Frankincense, and a drop of Valor, massaging them up the back of my neck into the brainstem and then onto my shoulders and the soles of my feet.

On Friday of that week, I started drinking 2 ounces of NingXia Red juice in water with a drop of Lemon essential oil before noon. Then I would drink a bottle of spring water with a drop of Peppermint essential oil in the afternoon.

By Monday I was off everything but my asthma meds and had cut those back to 3 a week... and no breathing treatments. No more blood pressure pills, no painkillers, and no antidepressants! My severe bowel problems were resolved, my breathing was no longer labored, and I could breathe deeply without coughing. The pain was down from a 10 to about a 1, and my energy level was up from a -1 to about a 9!

I also used a drop of Progessence Plus Serum on each carotid 2 or 3 times a day. I used my diffuser and selected the essential oils for it by what felt right to me that day; sometimes I used Valor, Joy, or Purification... and usually Lavender as well.

I now use the diffuser every evening, as it also helps my aged Pekingese with his strokes (he has had several). I now treat him every other night with Valor and Frankincense, and he is doing much better.

I went to my doctor last week on the 8th of April (day 11 of my journey), and he listened to my story with wide eyes, as he had never in 12 years seen me so happy or healthy. He listened to my heart and lungs over and over and pronounced them fine, with my lungs completely clear and functional for the first time in 4 years. He had me do a flow test (my last one 4 months ago was a 250 that dropped with each try), and this time I hit 400 three times! He ordered almost every blood panel known, and they all came back within the midrange of normal, something that has never happened with my blood work before.

My doctor called on Tuesday of this week with the final panel for my scleroderma markers, and they are completely GONE! The disease has reversed, and I am healthy again! The doctor is in awe and says it is due to the essential oils and NingXia Red that I have my life back. He said -- and I quote -- "Go home! You're not sick anymore!"

Today, April 18, 2014, is Good Friday and day 19 of my adventure in essential oils! I am a believer and feel now that it is my mission -- no, my obligation -- in life to pay this forward to everyone I know or will meet who may benefit from this gift that gave me back my life.

God works in mysterious ways. Who would have thought that a phone call from my niece would lead to the meeting with that angel, Mary Halstead?

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: breathing,lungs-/-pulmonary — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: hormones — "Therapy with beta-caryophyllene [present in many essential oils] may present a promising novel, non-toxic therapeutic option for patients with endometriosis."Link
3.Associated topics: breathing,lungs-/-pulmonary — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
4.Associated topics: general-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
5.Associated topics: hormones,fatigue,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
6.Associated topics: insomnia-/-sleeplessness,fatigue,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow,colon-/-gut-/-intestines-/-bowel — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
7.Associated topics: general-pain — "Peppermint and its active ingredient menthol have long been used for the treatment of various pain conditions including headache.... Menthol solution can be an efficacious, safe and tolerable therapeutic option for the abortive treatment of migraine."Link
8.Associated topics: general-pain — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link

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