Success Story Feature—Lauren Sullivan
If you met Lauren today, you would never imagine that just some time ago she struggled with serious medical challenges. A crazy-fun mom and life of the party to say the least, you would never know that around nine years ago she was severely physically disabled. Shortly after becoming disabled, she received some alarming news from her doctors about her condition.
Lauren was soon in a wheelchair and unable to change her ten-month-old baby’s diaper or brush her own hair or teeth. It was hard, both for her and her family. She could see how hard it was for everyone around her. She went from being the mom she wanted to feeling like she was a burden.
“I kind of felt at that point, like a grenade,” she expressed. “I could go off at any moment . . . and the shrapnel and the effects of that would just devastate everyone around me . . ..”
Lauren continued to undergo medical testing and scans, with disappointing and more discouraging results each time.
Lauren heard about Balance of Nature from her mom who had a friend who had seen success from taking the product. Her mom attended a lecture by Dr. Douglas Howard*, the founder and formulator of Balance of Nature, and afterward set up a meeting for him and Lauren.
When she met with Dr. Howard, she decided to fight for better health—not just for her family’s sake, but ultimately for her own.
“He was the first one to really sit and listen but also give me feedback on what I said . . . really, truly concerned and interested in what I had to say and what my feelings were,” she explains.
Dr. Howard asked Lauren why she wanted to get better, take Balance of Nature, and improve her quality of life. Lauren responded that it was for her family, but he replied that he couldn’t do anything for her unless she wanted to do it for herself. She wanted to be a mom and do things other people could do, but she needed to fight for herself. After realizing it was okay to fight for herself, that’s just what she did.
Lauren started taking 12 Fruits and 12 Veggies a day. With Balance of Nature, she started noticing changes. Although it took time, Balance of Nature gave her the pure nutrition her body needed.
“It didn’t happen overnight; it didn’t happen in the first month; it didn’t happen in the second month; it took some definite time, but I remember the first time I went out with my little kids and was jumping on the tramp with them,” Lauren recalls.
Lauren’s mom called Dr. Howard in tears; she couldn’t believe it.
Lauren found it easier to go about her busy life as a mom amidst her health struggles, thanks to the nutrition supplied by Balance of Nature.
She didn’t even notice until people started pointing things out to her and she learned to celebrate the little wins she experienced.
“I’d never thought that diet or the nutrients that I put in my body would help with any of the problems I was having, but with Balance of Nature, I started to notice changes.” Lauren shares. “I could finally go outside and play soccer with my kids. For the first time, I was laughing again, and for the first time, I was singing again, and I had lost that. It put the sparkle back in my eye. And so, I thank Balance of Nature for bringing the joy back in my life.”
“It is real fruits and vegetables . . . skin to seed, every part, every nutrient,” she explains. “It’s the best thing that I could be taking, and the easiest way to be getting the servings of fruit and vegetables that I would need. It’s not a quick fix; it’s a lifestyle change, and it can change your lifestyle and your quality of life.”
Lauren also tried a new medical treatment along her journey. The treatment was very risky. It was a week long, eight hours a day. She explained it wipes out the immune system, the red and white blood cells, and the patient starts from scratch. She decided to double up on her Balance of Nature, taking 24 Fruits and 24 Veggies, while going through the treatment. Balance of Nature, together with treatment, helped her get stronger.
“I know it’s because of all of the fruit and vegetables that I had taken that had helped . . . restore my body to where I needed to be,” she says. “ . . . You can do hard things, that’s reality. But with the right tools, it makes it much easier.”
She’s now able to be the mom who skips home from the bus stop, the one who’ll go on a bike ride to see how your day was, the one who’ll cheer for you on the sidelines.
To people in a similar situation, Lauren says: “There are a lot of dark days, a lot of hard things, but there is also a lot of beauty and a lot of joy. Be patient with yourself, first of all. Embrace your new normal. Celebrate your new normal. It’s okay to be upset—especially in the beginning.” She also advises to celebrate the things that are good, to serve, and to practice gratitude.
Lauren is someone who sees every day as a gift and tries to live her life that way. She loves life, everything about it—the sun, riding in the car with her kids and singing to the radio, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Lauren says she is who she is today “because of this amazing, fantastic, miraculous, beautiful heartbreak of a journey” and is proud to be a Balance of Nature Success Story.
*Chiropractic Physician (Retired)
Professor of Medical Science and Research, Pavlov Medical University
Dean of Foreign Student Affairs, St. Petersburg Pediatric Medical University (Retired)