Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am hoping you are all with your loved ones and celebrating life, love, friendship and all of the blessings that are so richly abundant! Tomorrow is a very special day to me. You see, 5 years ago on Thanksgiving, I decided to change my life. I want to share with you my catalyst for change; his name is David.
All of my life, my sister has been my idol in every way. She would pave the way and then I would follow in just about every endeavor of life. She had given birth to her first son, David, and I went down in October (a month before the change happened) for a visit to “help.” During the stay, I realized I had to do something for my health or I would die.nJust prior, I had been experiencing jaw pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and many more symptoms that scared me immensely. My role, while I was there with my sister, was to wake up and bring the baby to her should he wake up and cry in the middle of the night; I never did that once. My sister would come into the room where David and I were sleeping to nurse him in the middle of the night, only to tell me that I had stopped breathing up to 25 seconds within one minute (many times.)
Fear set in, as I became anxious when I would shut my eyes to sleep, as I was sure that I would not wake up in the morning. When morning rolled around, David would need his diaper changed and I was unable to get on the floor to even do such a simple task. As I held him in my arms, I had never in my entire life felt the kind of love I had for him. He was so tiny and beautiful and I was smitten with him. Dan and I had been married for 2 years and we had begun thinking about starting a family; however, I wasn’t even menstruating. To put it simply, I was a mess. I had someone in my arms that I wanted as my own; yet, I knew that unless I changed, I would never be able to fulfill that dream.
I made up my mind, and I was determined, there would be NOTHING that would get in my way. Love was my driving force, my love for David and the baby that I so longed to have as my own propelled me forward. Thanksgiving rolled around and I decided there would be no better day than that to begin my journey. Now, as each year comes and goes, I am increasingly thankful. I am thankful for the new adventure I am on now and being able to help anyone who has a listening ear, a softened heart and a willingness and determination for change, too!
Don’t gain 10 pounds during the holidays, there is no better day to make the change in your life as well! Find yourself thankful…count your blessings, and set you mind on the prize. I am thankful for that little boy David, whose life saved mine. I am thankful for Dr. Oz whose books revolutionized my life, giving me the tools to succeed. As a synergist, I had the will, yet he gave me the empowering knowledge.
Thank you, Dr. Oz. Thank you, David. I am also thankful to God, my husband, family and friends.