My story started out similar to the millions of people around the globe that suffer with mental illness and like them the only answers I ever found were written on a prescription pad.
After self-harm, a call to 911 and multiple hospitalizations (spanning a decade) a doctor informed me in 2005 that arrangements were being made to place me in a chronic care unit. What I didn’t know at the time was that a doctor and a social worker were trying to encourage my wife, Doris, to leave our marriage. They told her she was young and still had a long life ahead of her – one that should not include me or my illness.
According to my healthcare providers, my symptoms were too severe, I was not responding well to treatments, and I had been sick for too long to ever consider the possibility of recovery. I was told I would just have to live with the illness.
Finding the Answers
Then, in 2006, my wife and I found a medical doctor, (New York Times bestselling author and recent guest on the Dr Oz show) Dr. Don Colbert, who had the answers we were looking for – answers found in a type of therapy based on neuroscience research and testing.
Thanks to the test results, for the first time I was able to see lab values that correlated to what I was experiencing.
Dr Colbert and I worked together for almost five years to become what I am today – symptom and medication-free – and now I am determined to share my story for the benefit of others.