You said you had 3 surgeries. I had 4. I was on Fentanyl, Oxycontin, all strong medication. Those are all narcotics. And how long were you taking the medication for? For uh…12 years. 12 years of narcotics. And how did that affect your body or your mind, or did it? Well my depression was bad, really bad.
What was? Depression. Depression? Ok. Because of the medication. Yeah, it got to the point where the doses were not enough for the pain but it was just the addiction talking more than the pain itself. And so what did you do? Work on my mind. Listen to my mind and not just my body aches and most of it was the way I eat. Because the way we eat influences a lot the way we feel. I came here to do more acupuncture because I was ready to give up. I got here, I got rid of most of my pain. And I started doing things that I wouldn’t even think I was gonna do before. Walking, enjoying things, time with my family, wanting to exercise, wanting to go out. All those things started going back together when I started getting my level of pain low. I even stopped smoking. How many years were you smoking for? I don’t know, 30. I appreciate more life. Now that I have less pain, I appreciate it more. I know it may sound crazy but that’s how it is. Now I wanna live healthier, longer, because I
I see more things coming up for me than just pain. And you’ve also lost a lot of weight. Yeah I was 193 lbs. and now I’m 156 lbs. So how did you How did you do that? Naturally. Just following what I said. Knowing my body, don’t eat just because it’s time to eat and I need to get something in my mouth. And being more conscious of what I eat. I don’t follow any diets, specific, I don’t run marathons, I just listen to my body of what it needs and I give it to it. So what would you tell someone that is either trying
to lose weight or quit smoking or both? What kind of tips or advice would you
give them? Don’t give up, believe in ourselves. In my case I look for my Higher Power, in my case, everybody is different and I respect that but just believe that sooner or later the changes are gonna come. I tried so many times to quit smoking, I tried so many times to lose weight. I tried all kinds of diets, all kinds of patches, anything that people will come and tell me I would do. But I would do because I would hear it; not because I would believe it. So to me, the key point is to believe and trust on what we can do. So now that I feel amazing, yes pain is here I’m not pain free, because that would be a lie. I’m not pain free. But I can tolerate. And that let’s me enjoy a lot, a lot of things. So yeah in my opinion, we have to learn how to know us better