Photo courtesy Jess Faulds
Day 17 of 31
This is the story of Jess Faulds:
My name is Jess and I am a 28 year old female from Alberta, Canada. Ask anyone who knows me and the two things in life that I care about most are food and fitness.
Food has always been my passion, but it took a while for fitness to become one.
Growing up, I always talked about my love for food. I even did a school project to plan my future restaurant! Then at 15 my world changed. I woke up one morning with double vision and one eye that was frozen in place. I was diagnosed with MS within three months.
I started treatment right away and ignored my diagnosis for about three years. I went to university to get a degree in health sciences. There my love for food turned into a love for nutrition. I was looking for a way to regain control of a disease that could take everything away from me.
I devoted my studies and my life to various diets (keto, Wahls, vegan, etc.) and fitness. I wanted to know everything I could about how nutrition could heal my body.
With the power of food and nutrition, I saw my recovery time shift from six months to two weeks. But I didn’t know the biggest test was yet to come.
While I believe in food, nutrition, and fitness, I also believe in science and treatments. Eighteen months ago I had a stem cell transplant. HSCT, as it is called, consisted of 11 rounds of chemotherapy in eight days. My doctors told me to prepare for the battle of my life – that I would be sick for up to a year to recover – but nothing else had worked.
I have prepared. I ran more. I have eaten well. I literally boxed myself until the first day of treatment.
The treatment was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But when all was said and done, I was back in the gym three weeks later. I was back to work six weeks later and the doctors said I broke downtime records with my recovery.
Healthy eating and fitness saved my life. Now I help others with their food and fitness trips. With better food and better fitness, we can create a strong base so that we can embrace anything!
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