Although I’d been living with a chronic kidney disease for 20 years, I never had any concerns about it until 2004. That’s when my condition suddenly became worse and tests began showing that I had borderline Nephritic Syndrome. The treatment required high doses of a medication for an extended period of time. One of the side effects of the medication was weight gain. I was already overweight when the treatment began and although I went into remission nine months later, I was 50 pounds heavier.
In April 2009 as I saw my tests decline again, I knew I needed help. I was scared that I might be prescribed the same treatment and more weight gain would become inevitable. So I called 20/20 LifeStyles.
After hearing Dr. Dedomenico at the introductory seminar, I made the decision to quit caffeine and diet soda that day. I wasn’t sure that I could be a candidate for the program as there are strict dietary restrictions for kidney patients. However, my 20/20 physician put those concerns quickly to rest after speaking with my nephrologist and worked out a plan.
What happened next truly amazed me. After a few weeks, I visited my nephrologist and my test results had dramatically improved (just weeks into the 20/20 LifeStyles program). I couldn’t believe it. I had the power to change the path of my disease.
My personal trainer, dietitian, and 20/20 physician quickly became members of “Team Lauri.” With their knowledge and unwavering support, they guided me along the path to success. My responsibility was to listen and follow. This has held true even after graduating from 20/20 LifeStyles. I still look to Team Lauri to keep me accountable. Their consistent support, coupled with my family’s support, has allowed me to retain positive and maintain the great results that I’ve been able to achieve.
An added bonus was that within months of starting the program, I no longer suffer from tennis elbow. The trigger finger and thumb symptoms I had also improved dramatically. The week before I graduated from the program, I was able to stop taking my cholesterol and blood pressure medications. In May, I found out that my kidney disease was in remission! At a recent appointment, my doctor asked me if this was a program I could stick with. I replied, “Yes!” The 20/20 LifeStyles program is just that, my new lifestyle.
Lauri’s Healthy Tips:
- Never leave the house without packing healthy food and a water bottle. Don’t allow yourself to get into a situation where you have to make a choice that you may regret later.
- Having family support is key to staying healthy and happy.
- Surround yourself with motivation. In my wallet, next to my brand new driver’s license is my old license from 2005. I keep it as a reminder for what I was.