Team Member Story: Suzy Howard

I am still not comfortable standing up in front of a large crowd, but the truth is that I want to yell my success with the LifeLong Vitality pack from the rooftops.  It really has had a profound impact on my health and my family life.  I had been injured in a car accident in 1982, and went through two years of physical therapy.  I started drinking alcohol to deaden the pain, I finally realized I had a drinking problem, so I stopped drinking, and have now been sober for 29 years.  Then I followed my Dr.’s orders to take prescription drugs. I became dependent on them for several years. Therefore, when my children were young, I was not always “present”.

Once I realized how much of a fog I was living in, I knew I didn’t want to live like that anymore.  I went off the meds cold turkey, and it wasn’t easy, but I did it.  Unfortunately, the constant suffering still had a major impact on my life. I was no longer able to do the things I loved.  I went through 2 marriages and divorces during those early years as well.  I had a job as a letter carrier for the post office that I loved, and had kept me fit up until the time of the accident.  After the accident, I could no longer carry mail, and so I was transferred to a job as a rehab clerk, sorting mail. Special accommodations were made for my circumstances, and no one at work ever let me forget it.  I was treated as a pariah, by people I had formerly had wonderful relationships with.  I went into therapy with a psychologist for over two years to help me deal with the resultant anger, sadness, and feelings of anxiousness.

It wasn’t until 1996 that I finally bit the bullet and took my Psychologist’s recommendations and went on medication.  I credit those medications with saving my life and possibly the lives of others, lol.  You hear about people going “postal”, well I know from experience why they do.  The constant suffering that I had to live with was bad enough, but the treatment that I got from my coworkers was even worse to deal with.  Again, my family life suffered for it.  I gained weight.  Lots of it.  I was “feeding” my pain.  I could not exercise, due to my neck and back pain, therefore, I became very overweight.  My cardiac system was compromised, so then came medications for that. I was not able to “play” with my children, or do sports with them, or even enjoy watching them play sports because sitting in bleachers was painful for me, but I did it as much as I could anyway. I’m not saying that I was a “bad” mother, and I enjoy close relationships with my children, but I sure could have been a better mother.

Today with the help of doTERRA LifeLong Vitality (LLV) supplements, I am free from occasional aches and pains.  I now have a lot of energy.  The LLV pack supported me so I was able to be more active and lose much of the weight that caused achy joints. I had an overall healthier and better functioning body than I would have ever thought possible.  I am only using Citrus Bliss and LLV to manage my feelings, with occasional help from other mood blends.   I have also dropped 41 pounds by using the LifeLong Vitality pack alone.  Since I was no longer spending 18-20 hours a day in bed, due to my pain issues, I was up and active, so the pounds came off. I also found that using lemongrass over the reflex point for the liver on my right foot gave my liver the support it needed to maintain healthy function.   My grandchildren are reaping the rewards, because now I am able to play games with them, take them places, and yes…… even run on occasion.  With the LLV, the best is yet to come.  I have my life back, and I feel better now at 54 than I did when I was 21!