My name is Amanda Faatz. I am 33 years old and have been diagnosed with 4 autoimmune diseases: Psoriasis, Psoriatic arthritis, Hashimoto’s, and PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).
I was 183 pounds at my heaviest and only 4 feet 10 inches tall. Almost 2 years ago, I thought I was having a heart attack. My husband called 911 and thank God, I was in bad health, but not dying that night. I laid on the floor with my husband holding me and all I could think about were my 3 little ones that would be left behind if I didn't take control of my health. The very next day I started “MY Diet.” January 16, 2012 was the day I took control.
I was first diagnosed with Psoriasis by a dermatologist when I was about 10. It started with a little patch in my hair, then came the cream and solution-based steroids. The psoriasis kept growing! The second disease I was diagnosed with was Psoriatic Arthritis when I was a teenager, 14 to be exact. My mother took notice that I had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, even more so than the “average teen.” Once I did get out of bed, I could hardly move or function until I took a long hot bath to soothe my body and loosen it up. My parents decided it was time to look into this, so they took me to Duke Medical, where I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. Then came the anti inflammatory meds. With all the steroidal meds, of course I have become the rightful owner of a whole slew of side effects from bad vision, fertility problems, hormonal problems, digestion problems and more!
I did mention that I have 3 little ones. Due to the drugs' side effects, we did have trouble conceiving and had to use fertility medications for 2 out of 3. My only little girl, 5 years old now, was a pleasant surprise. I don’t know if you know anyone with Psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, but let me just tell you that the pain in my bones was debilitating at times and my psoriasis felt like someone had sprayed me with gasoline and lit me on fire. I ended up using steroid injections as well, just so that I could take care of my babies without so much pain. Fast forward a few years later, I was in very bad shape. I had learned to just count on meds and the funny thing is they weren't even helping. So the night that I thought I was dying grabbed my attention!!
I went to the doctor and they found out that I had Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune Thyroid disease. My own body thought that my thyroid was a foreign object and was trying to destroy it. Well, I had had ENOUGH! I was sick of the meds, so I drastically changed my diet. Three months later, I had lost 10 pounds and something strange started happening: I couldn't stop bleeding. This was very strange since I only had about 3 menstrual cycles a year, so after a month, I once again went to the doctor and they said I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, an autoimmune/insulin resistant disease in which your monthly “eggs” don't drop and instead cling to your ovaries and create hundreds of cysts. They offered me more meds, I said NO THANKS and went on my way. I stayed faithful to my diet, I continued to bleed for 6 months and then... stopped until the next month. I have had a menstrual cycle like clock work every month ever since.
You see, my husband and I believe that through diet, the PCOS is GONE. In March of 2012 after being faithful to my new way of life, I decided to look into schooling for proper and natural eating. I found The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where my favorite instructor was David Wolfe. One day after taking my kids to school, while eating my boring breakfast, I saw David on TV promoting the NutriBullet. I was instantly sold; the truth is I trusted him. Although I was 43 pounds or so lighter and had improved my health, my psoriasis was killing me. My kids couldn't hug me, I couldn't get close to my husband, it was hard to work, I had NO quality of life; I was at times just wishing to go on, to be with the Lord just so the pain would stop.
I began juicing not just for me, but my entire family. My dad's health got better, my husband's health got better, my children were juicing, but still minimal change for me. In march 2013, I graduated as a Certified Health Coach, but still wasn't in perfect health and that was hard for me. I’m not exactly sure what happened or what caused it, but in July 2013 I had “the outbreak from HELL” and I just made the decision to stop my meds, stop drinking my one cup of coffee, and increase my smoothies! Within 8 weeks, I went from 80 percent covered with Psoriasis to now about 3 percent covered - that's not a typo, three percent! I have a video diary on YouTube: “Psoriasis Hell” parts 1-4 and a follow up called “psoriasis hell no more.” Please watch and help me get my story out. I need you to understand: This is MY story to tell! I have worked very hard to get rid of joint pain, extra pounds, reverse my thyroid disease and more, but the NutriBullet gave me the extra push to help my skin and to help me maintain good health!
My knowledge, paired with the NutriBullet, has for sure changed my life!