I spoke with Manette today.
You may know her as the best selling author of Vinegar Hill, a proud member of the Oprah book club.
To me, she is a lovely patient whose story is both remarkable and inspirational. With her permission I am going to share it with you.
In late October 2000, my literary agent and dear friend, Deborah Schneider did something she often does. She called to ask me to help one of her many friends and authors. The request did not come as a surprise, the journey that followed did.
Manette Ansay was a young woman who in her early 20s developed a crippling mystery illness that left her practically wheelchair bound. Trained as a concert pianist she became unable to use her gift due to severe muscle weakness improperly diagnosed as MS. In time the weakness stabilized and Manette became an author. She married and became resigned to a life of physical limitation.
Since I was spending an inordinate amount of time finding great success in treating previously undiagnosed hormonal issues with bioidentical hormones, Deborah, our agent thought referring Manette to me could not hurt.
After all, what did she stand to loose?
Listening to her story I too started wondering if what had created a lot of the initial damage was possibly a virus that left a terrible hormonal imbalance in its aftermath. Certainly no label could be attached to that theory. And to me, giving people labels had become unnecessary. After all, my mission is to make people better, not to find a diagnosis to scare and define their lives by.
To make a long story short, Manette got better. It took us a good year of working with estradiol and progesterone to get her hormone balance to improve, but once things started to fall into place, Manette forsook her scooter and one morning, she made a surprise visit to my office in Westchester County, NY.
She was younger than I had thought and although she was walking a bit slowly with the aid of a beautifully designed cane, Manette WALKED.
She was thrilled and I was thrilled. How often does one get positive results in conventional medicine?
But wait, this is not the whole story. Manette and her husband Jake did not have any children and never expected to because her mystery illness precluded her from even contemplating the possibility.
Manette became pregnant in 2002 and in the spring of 2003 had a beautiful baby girl, Genevieve.
Today, she told me that on her latest book tour, promoting the publication of her newest novel Blue Water, she took Genevieve with her on book tour and traveled not only in the US, but also abroad.
What is my message here? I am proud of Manette and her success. I am happy to stand back and watch her having reclaimed a life, almost demolished by uncertainty and fear.
I am not telling you this story because I want you to go out and get bioidentical hormones. I don’t have to do that, you already know their value.
I am sharing this inspiring story to empower you all to take control over creating a positive outcome in your life.
Your situation may not be as public or as drastic as Manette’s, but to you and the ones you love, it is. So take your life seriously and make it work now. Do not wait until tomorrow!
And just to get started take my short survey to see if your hormones are in balance and get the guidance you need starting right now.