How Juicing Saved My Life

November 10, 2008

(Photo: anna_debenham)

The year 1989 was a memorable year for me.

It was a year when, first I decided to die, then I decided to live.

For 4 months I had exhausting bloody diarrhea with mucus, great deal of pain and cramps.  After each bowel movement, I would just collapse into my bed.  I would run to the bathroom after eating even a morsel of food and even after drinking plain tea.

Then I said to myself: “Enough is enough”.  I must go to the hospital.

I was admitted to Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan on East 19 St.  I stayed in the hospital for 10 days; doctors tried everything from Azulfidine to Cortisone.

I was fed nutrients through my veins, which collapsed after a week of being poked constantly.

I continued having bloody diarrhea. I lost all hope of recovering from my horrible case of Ulcerative Colitis.

A copy of my medical report from 1989. Diagnosis: ulcerative colitis.

As a last resort, doctors offered me a full colectomy: surgical removal of my colon.

That meant I would have to live with a bag instead of a large intestine for the rest of my life.

After learning the grim news, I decided to kill myself, and end my miserable existence once and for all.

I removed all the IV’s from my swollen hands, got dressed and walked out of the hospital onto the busy New York City street. I wanted to be hit by a car, and die quickly before the ambulance arrived.

I just kept on walking until I reached Daffy’s Department Store on E. 18 Street and 5th Avenue.  I walked into the store, and a black t-shirt with a “LOVE” logo in bright pink and orange letters caught my attention. And right there and then, I realized that I have so much LOVE in my life that I do not have the right to commit suicide. I must go on living. I have 2 small kids who love and depend on me, I have fantastic parents who adored me from the moment I was born, and a husband that loves me more than life itself.

I bought the “LOVE” t-shirt, put it on, and walked back to Cabrini Medical Center.  I reached a decision: I will get well one way or another, so help me God.

I checked out of the hospital against doctor’s orders.

One week later, I was sitting in Canada in the office of a famous iridologist.  She told me that I must do juice fasting and colonics to get well.  I thought she was crazy, and that I would die without eating any solid food for 3 weeks, and just drinking fresh squeezed vegetable juice.  I was merely 109 lbs; the pale, skinny shadow of my normal self (my normal weight was 135 lbs.)

I went back to New York.

I completed my 3-week vegetable juicing program in concert with other nutritional supplements.  My profuse bleeding, mucus, and diarrhea stopped.  I could finally lead a normal life again.

I felt like I was on the top of the world.  For the first time in 8 years, I was in control of my own destiny.  I understood – I could be well without using harmful drugs and surgeries.

Juice fasting was my miracle cure. It saved my life.

And I wore that LOVE shirt until it fell apart.

7 Responses

  1. I would love to know who to contact about juicing, I am in the same position, have started juicing and need some guidance, which vegetables are best?
    Kind regards,

  2. I need a personalised juice plan for me and very young children who are starving to death despite eating all the time, with no digestive system

  3. Thank you for this post about yourself! I will be linking to this on the Wheatgrass Home Facebook page. We are huge believers of the power and importance of juicing! Thanks again!!

  4. That is a great story, there is always hope and education of course..
    Galina, do you have any thoughts on real Extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoons per day have worked wonders for my UC and others are benefiting too? I am only 90% now though from accidentally using plain olive oil for a month and have been looking for a boost. Juicing sounds great as I now know I have been nutrient deficient for a very long time…

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