Hero Story – Rheumatoid Arthritis

I WILL NOT BE DEAD IN 6 MONTHS!  That was in 2005.

I am my hero’s story# – I am enjoying writing the stories of my heroes.  They amaze and inspire me.  The people in these stories are astonishing.  I have shared with you stories of cancer, failed back surgery, multiple sclerosis, now it Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I love this quote, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”  When patient’s decide to write their own story AND their own ending, it’s humbling and an honor to see.  Just because a doctor said it, doesn’t means it’s true.  Everyone has their own path, their own journey, their own struggles and their own wins, triumphs and conquests.  You don’t know someone’s joy, pain or journey but I do know this.  You are NOT your diagnosis. Write your own story and write your own ending.

In 2005 they told Gay “You’ll be DEAD in 6 months.”  Her RA count was 2560 and normal is 20 or less.  “They” said you’ll be disfigured.  “They” said you’ll be in a walker.  “They” said you’ll never ski again.  But Gay said, “I don’t believe you.”  She decided in her story that she was going to be her in own hero.  You can beat your disease.  Last time we checked her RA count was normal.  She’s been beating the odds for thirteen years.  Despite that gloomy prediction, this amazing person ignored the medical prognosis and is WINNING.  Years ago, despite not being able walk without assistance, or bending her wrists and having all of her joints ache, throb and limit all movement, she kept fighting.  The diagnosis was bleak – “You have rheumatoid arthritis.  Here is your Rx for life.  Here is an anti-inflammatory.  Here is a pain killer.  Here is your immunomodulator.”  Gay didn’t want that life so she made a new one.  One of my first “breakthrough” cases.  We started on a plan to treat her every Tuesday until . . . . . . she got better or, well, the other one, which is not getting better.  That lasted for about a year.  After that intensive phase, we moved to some maintenance therapy every once in a while.  That was over a decade ago.  13 years of kicking RA’s a$$!  Now she snow skis, competes in triathlon’s, runs half marathons.  “she may not wear a hero’s crown nor fill a hero’s grave, but truth will place her name among, the bravest of the brave.”  When you meet people like this, your life just isn’t the same. Positive people. Unbelievable grit. Tough.  Beautiful.  I hope your take away is to WRITE your own story.  And now you have met another one of my heroes, Gay Rolfe.

More about Jason West

World renowned clinic in Pocatello, Idaho has patients from every state and from every continent. The West Clinic was started in 1916 and has four generations of doctors and six generations of patients. Dr Jason West has two doctorates and a fellowship in health care disciplines. At the Southern California University of Health Sciences, he was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award (from the students) and the Presidential Leadership Award (from the president). It’s the first time a doctoral candidate was selected for this recognition by the students and the faculty. In 2012, in his home state of Idaho, Dr West was selected as Chiropractor of the Year. He uses his education in bio-mechanics (chiropractic), bio-chemistry (naturopathic medical doctor) and energy medicine (acupuncture and homeopathy) to develop comprehensive treatments plans for chronic pain, degeneration, and to restore patients to optimal health. Dr West loves attending continuing education seminars and it has been his goal to attend at least one seminar per month and has been doing so since he started practice in 2000. Dr West is a published author in the scientific literature on headaches. He currently has three other studies pending publication. Dr West has participated in many media events including his own radio show, “How to Save Money Medically,” a video blog, and multiple documentaries. In 2011, a film maker decided to make a film on alternative medicine. They went out and visited hundreds of clinics and selected the six of what the producers considered the top alternative medical clinics in the United States. Dr West’s office was selected and in 2012 he was profiled in the medical documentary, “Doctored.” This documentary is available online and on Netflix. They are making a sequel to this documentary called “Undoctored” which will release in March of 2015. Dr West plays an integral role in this documentary as well. He has been invited to participate in the video series, The Last Stop, a nine-part video series about the health care system. This will start filming in late 2015 or early 2016. Dr West has lectured all over the world at conferences in United States, Canada, and Australia. He has presented at chiropractic, naturopathic conferences, and the American Academy of Ozone Therapy, and has taught over 50 individual seminars for doctors on topics such as clinical nutrition, blood chemistry, chronic disease, and energy deficits, motivating staff members and educating to patient base and provides personal consulting with doctors that wish to excel in health care. He continues to teach regularly and has eight seminars scheduled in 2015. Dr West is married to his sweetheart, Maxine and has five sons. He loves technology, computer uses in medicine, snowmobile, motorcycle riding, and loves the study relationships and communication. Achieving his goal of Eagle Scout gave him a great love of the outdoors and being self-reliant.

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