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Hi I'm Clairissa

I'm a Texas mother of 3, treating multiple sclerosis drug-free and helping my family navigate a healthy lifestyle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While pregnant with my third child, I lost sight in my left eye, followed by loss of feeling in the left side of my body. Soon after I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 29. From that moment I knew that my life had changed, though I wasn't content to believe that it was to be in a wheelchair or disabled. I got on my knees and prayed earnestly about my health. The peace that overcame me was such a gift. The fear had vanished. Doctors offered a myriad of pharmaceutical options to treat the MS, but I knew that my treatment plan was to be different. I chose to follow the teachings in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 89 and work on healing my body through diet and healthy lifestyle. Since committing to a plant-based diet and regular exercise, I am virtually symptom-free and my last MRI has shown drastic improvements in both my brain and spine. My 6 year old daughter has also benefited from this way of eating and has recovered from severe asthma and allergies. I blog about healthy living to show people that there is hope beyond a diagnosis. Our bodies, which are tremendous blessings from God, are designed to heal and want to be healthy. We just have to provide them with the correct tools to do so. I live by the adage, let food be thy medicine, and I have seen it work miracles on me.

Why I am a Mormon

There is tremendous peace and happiness in knowing who we really are....children of a loving Heavenly Father. I have purpose in my life and joy in knowing there is a path that I can choose to take that will lead to an eternal family. This knowledge helps me find happiness in the everyday things of life. Even in large trials, my faith is buoyed by my testimony of Jesus Christ and His atonement. No trial is given to me too burdensome that I cannot handle it. My heart is filled with gratitude for one of the largest trials of my life - multiple sclerosis - because it has taught me to be strong, to have courage, to have faith. I have learned new skills, how to better help my family and how a positive attitude can guide me by the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. The blessings that have come from MS have outweighed the difficulties and for that, I am grateful.

How I live my faith

I love teaching the young women of our local neighborhoods. Their faith is so strong and it gives me hope that these beacons of light hold strong to beliefs, even when high school life can be difficult. They strengthen me and make me want to be a better example and teacher to my children for when they enter that stage of life. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve such wonderful youth, who desire to serve their peers and share the message of Jesus Christ, both through word and example, with those around them. How wonderful it is to be part of a church that focuses so strongly on following Christ's example through selfless service. To serve others is to serve God and there is true happiness in living that doctrine.