Medical Weight Loss Clinic
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During the walk, we will be celebrating our MWLC Honored Champions and their weight loss successes! Our Honored Champions are dedicated individuals, who not only serve as an inspiration, but are making a positive impact on their health through our services. Come be inspired!
Thank you in advance for joining our team and your support!
So why do we walk for a cure? Our community and our MWLC family is why! As we gear up to represent MWLC at this years walk we wanted to share one of our MWLC Honored Champion's stories and in case you weren't aware, to also share David's personal story.
I was 21 when I was first misdiagnosed with IBS. It took three more years before Crohn’s disease became my official affliction. No one in my old world cultural community had ever heard of Crohn’s. I was in and out of hospitals and on mega doses of medications for the next 10 years, including 6 months of hospitalization on TPN intravenous tube feedings. My weight fluctuated from 150 lbs. to 95 lbs. Everyone thought, “Poor Jaye – so sick and no cure in sight.” Finally! Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. It’s a miracle I survived.
Out of adversity comes strength.
When I finally recovered sufficiently, I enrolled in the Wayne State University Graduate Theatre Program and worked as a professional actor in addition to managing 2 very fine restaurants and later became a banquet manager of a local county club. Then came 9-11. Another set-back. No job for over a year, no income, and facing foreclosure. One day I drove past Medical Weight Loss Clinic and on a whim I dropped off my resume. That was the beginning of a life changing experience. I was hired! I believed if I was going to work in the field of weight loss, I’d better learn as much as I could and implement it into my own personal eating habits. The more I learned, the more interested I became about nutrition, chemistry of foods, fresh vs. packed, portion control and chemical balance. I had renewed energy, started exercising, and took up ballroom dancing, initially for fun and then started competing. I even won a senior Championships!
I know there is not a cure for Crohn’s, but I have been in remission, no medication and no symptoms for 14 years! I truly believe the reason for my remission is because of nutrition and by adapting a more healthy and active lifestyle. And I am thrilled to now spend my work days teaching others how to do the same.
“My faults and failures I acknowledge as experience and provide strength and vision for a healthier way of life.”
MWLC Honored Champion
Starting roughly 10 years ago, I had what I classified as a “sensitive stomach”. I thought maybe I was lactose intolerant or just had to be more careful about what I ate. About 7 years ago my illness got so bad that I could no longer ignore it. After undergoing many tests, some of which were not so comfortable (ie. A colonoscopy), I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I immediately went on heavy doses of steroids and a cocktail of other drugs to try and help my symptoms. I was fortunate. I only needed one surgery and found a drug that I inject every 2 weeks. When that became less effective, I switched to monthly infusions of Remicade given in a hospital setting. After years of struggling, I finally seem to be in remission.
I still battle daily with not only the physical side effects of having Crohn’s, but the mental part as well. Most people think that I have a fear or some type of social issue when it comes to eating in public. The truth is, I spent so many years in fear of becoming sick every time I ate, and so I stopped eating out of my house. I was scared that I would have to literally run to the bathroom so it was easier to not eat all day and just deal with any potential for getting sick after eating from the comfort of my own home. Even though I rarely have issues anymore, mentally I still struggle to get over the fact that I could get very sick after eating a simple meal.
There are no cures for Crohn’s and Colitis. I was fortunate that I was diagnosed as an adult in my mid 30s and could handle whatever the doctors had planned for my treatment. So often it is young children who are diagnosed and often spend years in and out of surgery and lengthy hospital stays. Again, I was one of the lucky ones. Once my Crohn’s was under control, I decided I needed to give back. I joined the Board of Directors for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and have been doing my best to raise awareness, and funds, for this extremely important cause.
Take Steps is the biggest fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, please do your best to raise awareness for this important event. I would love to see MWLC have a huge presence at the walk. To have patients and employees walking together for a good cause, what could be better than that? I hope to see you out there!
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