Sue Holly is a legal assistant originally from New York City and living now in Seattle, Washington. At 55 years old and after living with Hashimoto’s for over 30 years, Sue was given the devastating diagnosis of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, told that there was nothing that could be done for her except a double lung transplant and advised to go home and put her affairs in order.
At this time, she was newly divorced, looking forward to creating a new life for herself and thinking she had decades left to do so.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that grows tumours and Sue has a collection of different diagnoses in the mix, each of which are considered a terminal illness.
Her Doctors wanted her to quit her job and just kept telling here how bad her health was and were consistently negative about her prognosis and how the diseases would continue to affect her and that started Sue on a 6-month spiral of despair, hopelessness and self-destruction
When Sue was put on 24/7 supplementary oxygen support due to the damage in her lungs, it felt like a death sentence for her because after all, you only see oxygen used for people who are dying or terminally ill and for a quite a while, Sue’s attitude was “why bother, I will be dead in a few years. ”
However, after deciding she had nothing to lose, she started exploring the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) and spiritual surrender, with the hope that she can prove her doctors wrong and live the best quality life she can, no matter how long that may be.
The changes Sue has made to her life and to her beliefs about herself, her future and what is possible for her in the now, are nothing less than extraordinary and inspiring.
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The joyful photo of Sue was taken by Natasha Komoda of Femmeography.