The past three years have been tremendously difficult for Sara, and for us as a family. We have managed to come out on the other side and we really feel it is important to share our story with others and potentially help them as well.
I have to give Sara HUGE PROPS for being so willing to allow people into her life in this way. For so openly sharing her struggles, showing people her lowest moments and allowing them to see her at her worst. She could have asked me to not make this video – and I would have respected her decision – but she jumped at the chance to potentially help other kids.
Being a teenager is not easy. Being a teenage who is “different” is not easy. But Sara has NEVER been afraid of hard. At 13 most kids are trying so hard to be “just like everyone else”. They are trying to fit in and not stand out for the wrong reasons.
But not my Sara.
She has never stepped down, given up or lost faith in me. For three years I have been promising her that I would fix her. That I would find someone who could fix her. I can’t count how many times I told her we were going to try something new and she just smiled and went along with it.
Even when we asked her to go PALEO – a challenge for any person, but especially difficult when you are a picky eater – she just dug deep and did it. It wasn’t always easy, there were tears, but she said “I just want to feel better. I am willing to do whatever it takes”. She made my very difficult job so much easier.
She is my inspiration. My motivation. And my hero. I love her more than I can adequately express. But more importantly I like her – a LOT. She makes the world a better place and you would all be blessed to have a friend like her.
This Protocol was hands down the simplest thing we did. And the most effective. We are 5 months in and we still think we are dreaming.
They say that when one member of the family is sick the ENTIRE family is sick and I can vouch for that. When Sara went down – we all fell around her in different ways. A father unable to protect his daughter, a brother who lost his best friend, and a mother consumed with finding answers. Each person broken in their own unique way.
But we are all healing now…we are all finding each other again and we are stronger as a family as a result. We laugh a little louder, hug a little longer and love even deeper than we did before.
And I hope that others find the same healing that we have and the same amazing results from this Protocol.
**UPDATE: The number one question that I get asked is – “Did you keep her Gluten Free and Dairy Free to get recovery?”. The answer is NO! That is my favorite thing about this recovery. From day 1 I did not believe that she had an issue with dairy but I removed it to be sure (hence why I let her cheat!). When we started this protocol I gave her back dairy the very first day with no issues. It took almost 3 months before she could tolerate gluten again with no issues. Now we she has indications of Gluten intolerance again we use that to determine if SIBO is back and whether or not we need to retreat her.
The other issue that this video does not address is that given her age we decided half way through her recovery to switch her to Rifaximin. The majority of her recovery came from inulin alone and deciding to switch over was not an easy one to make but Dr. Nemechek recommends that adults and kids over the age of 12/13 get lasting long term results from Rifaximin – so we switched over and she no longer uses inulin.