It was a sunny day in August, and there was not a cloud in the clear blue sky. If ever there was a day to dust-away the cobwebs and to begin again, it was this. However, change doesn’t always come in ways you expect and to say it what happened that day, took me by surprise is somewhat of an understatement.
I awoke the morning of 8th August 1993, without the slightest idea that this would be the day my life would change forever. I know it may seem silly, but I thought I get some warning, but this morning everyday issues filled my mind – trivial little things that need sorting and can occupy our time. Things like boyfriend issues, problems at work, blah blah blah. Then BOOM!!! My life would never be the same again. You never know what’s around the corner. In my case, this metaphor was just a little bit too real.
I certainly wasn’t expecting a speeding Police motorcycle attending a false alarm to send me flying into the air!
It’s been a long time since my accident, and I’m now able to look back on it as a twist of fate – a harrowing beginning to a fascinating journey of self-discovery and a rollercoaster ride of an experience.
I don’t mean to trivialise my accident, the shock, the trauma and pain, or indeed the selfless love and support I received from so many people to help get me back on my feet again. I will never forget any of it!
But the details of my accident are not the purpose of this introduction. I only ever revisit that day to introduce the story of how I learned about the healing power of a natural, plant-based diet. One that became the foundation of my recovery and went onto transform my life. Significantly increasing my energy levels and helping me become healthier and more consciously aware of the world around me.
“When you’ve rubbed shoulders with death and survived, everything changes from that moment onwards.”
I began to appreciate life more earnestly. I focussed on the most important things, such as my friends and loved ones and wanted to make a real difference with the time I had left. Living in the moment and making the most of every day became my mantra.
First of all, I had to deal with my recovery. The police motorcycle’s impact had thrown my body in one direction, and my left leg in another! I had suffered severe injuries to my head, pelvis, ribs and lungs.
I was lucky to be alive.
Fortunately, a doctor near the scene’s, swift first-aid stopped me from bleeding to death. I have him to thank for saving my life. Unfortunately, they could not save my leg as it was severed below the knee. I was going to have to learn to live without it.
During my recovery, there was a severe problem in the hospital. A nasty and very persistent infection in my residual limb stubbornly refused to heal despite the most potent antibiotics.
Doctors tried many pills of varied colours, shapes and sizes with the most unpronounceable names but to no avail. In the end, no biological weapon in the pharmacist’s armoury could touch my infection. Eventually, the bone became infected, resulting in the amputation of a further two inches from my limb.
At this point, a good friend of mine recommended the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, which had helped to cure her breast cancer. She spoke of her time there with such passion and genuine belief I decided to take-a-leap of faith. And to the surprise of friends and family, I checked out of my London hospital and flew to the USA to begin alternative therapy.
You may think that putting myself in the hands of alternative therapists in Florida in such grave circumstances was a brave or perhaps even foolhardy decision to make. As I saw it, I didn’t have much choice; this infection seemed untreatable.
It became apparent that the further amputation had not cured the problem. I had to believe that I had made the right decision. I had started on a journey of belief in our natural world’s healing power — a view by the way that gets stronger and stronger with every passing day.
At the Institute meat and dairy was immediately taken off the menu and was replaced by a whole food vegan raw food diet and homoeopathic treatments.
Therapists replaced my London hospital’s pills with enzyme-rich wheatgrass shots and garlic poultices applied to my wound. In just a matter of a few weeks, my radical change in diet and associated plant-based remedies had cleared up my infection entirely.
The healing process advanced so quickly that I was able to have a prosthetic leg fitted whilst at the Institute. Something unthinkable whilst the infection was still present in my hospital bed in London just a few short weeks previously. I was finally able to get on with the rest of my life.
To personally witness the miraculous recovery of my physical body by embracing the natural and the organic was an incredibly life-affirming experience and one that has gone on to shape the rest of my life.
When I left the Hippocrates Institute all those years ago, I remember nature seemed incredibly vibrant and vivid, the colours more intense than I had ever remembered. It was like I saw the natural world again with brand new eyes. I wanted to shout from the rooftops about my miraculous recovery and tell the world about the wonders of a plant-based diet.
I started growing wheatgrass in window boxes at my London flat, and I became filled with wonder by the natural world’s healing properties. It struck me then that we human beings think of ourselves as intelligent when everything has been provided for us already by nature. If we live in harmony with the world’s natural laws, we’ll lead a balanced, happy, healthy and fulfilled life.
My time spent at the Hippocrates Institute has given me a deeper understanding of the importance of good nutrition and personal wellbeing; this has had a lasting effect on how I live my life.
I came to understand that individually we are responsible for the way we live our lives. We must care of our body through good nutrition, the right exercise and a healthy balanced lifestyle. Only through a healthy body and a healthy mind, can we make the most of our time on this planet.
A change in our diet and lifestyle can be started at any time and is of interest to anybody wishing to maximise their health and vitality to lead a more fulfilling life.
I discovered the benefits of cutting meat and dairy from my diet and then taking the correct care of my body’s nutritional requirements to help heal mind, body and soul. We all have the opportunity to make positive changes in our lives at any moment we choose. All you need is the awareness of the need to change and the free will to decide.
It has transformed my life. The truth is that after very nearly dying, I never felt so alive.