Juvenile Chronic Arthritis ~ Alison’s Amazing Dance with Life

Today’s post is from Alison Mead a lady I met at Woburn Classic Car Day. My book signing stall was next to her Aloe Vera stand and so, naturally, (no pun intended) we got talking. Since this blog is about sharing true stories, Alison has overcome great odds with her health and set herself challenges she would not have believed possible a few years ago.

Here’s Alison’s story:

“In 2007 I had a hip replacement operation, pleased to have the pain of the previous 20 036years taken away and six years later I can even roller skate with my family, feeling fitter, full of energy and enjoying life.

It is good to look back from time to time and see how far I have come.  I was diagnosed with Juvenile Chronic Arthritis at the age of 16 months following a measles jab which seemed to trigger the disease and stopped me walking and left me in great pain.  I am lucky that I don’t remember those long days in hospital, but they are still fresh in my parents’ memories.  When I finally left hospital with a diagnosis, the nurses told my Mum to let them know when they needed the wheelchair – but it was something I was never allowed to have – and thanks to my parents I had a ‘normal’ childhood – went to ‘normal’ schools – and apart from a brief 2-month stay in hospital at the age of 7 for intensive physiotherapy and regular check-ups, I don’t feel like I suffered too much with my disease at all.  It just left me with a stiff neck, bent left arm and painful right hip.

Health and fitness wise, 2012 has been the best year of my life.  I started a challenge in January to walk 100 miles in the month, and never thought I would actually finish that first month.  With the help and support of friends and family I managed that first 100, and then did the same challenge every month this year.  Today I plan to walk a last 4 miles to make that 1300 miles walked this year (that is 25 miles a week for 2012).  Seven years ago I could not walk for more than half an hour without crutches and would be laid low for days if I did too much.  I feel liberated and freed from a body that would not work properly – and the funny thing is, the more you do the more you want to do.  I go to a fantastic Zumba class twice a week if I can with the inspirational Red Zumba and absolutely love the classes.  I am so pleased that my brother Nick comes along too, as it is great to share such a healthy hobby with another family member.

So what challenges can 2013 bring?  Well to go along with my new-found fitness I have decided that I am really going to develop my Forever Living business this year, which goes along with the healthy eating and exercise plans, as the products I sell are fabulous for supporting my goals.  The Aloe Vera drinking Gel and supplements I take daily have boosted my immune system and mean I have stayed much healthier than the rest of my family this year, and the Clean 9 detox programme helped me lose a further stone in weight in 2012 even though I had hit a plateau with my healthy eating and exercise plan and thought I had gone as far as I could. My cholesterol is lower than ever before, which as I have inherited high cholesterol is a real achievement, and I finally seem to have brought my iron levels up to normal levels, which really helps with energy and motivation.

So my new challenge is to see if I can start running, which at the moment seems impossible, but I thought that about walking last year – and at least I am not trying to run before I can walk!  I have proved I can walk – so now can I run? I also want to share the fabulous health benefits of the Aloe Vera products  – and plan to lead by example.  After all if you look at those pictures on my blog post (link below) at the start of my post you can’t deny that something in my life is working and going well – and I want people to look and me and say ‘” I don’t know what she is on – but I want some of it too!”  To see how the Clean 9 detox has helped – take a look at my blog post Detox verses diet.”

As you can see Alison is an amazing lady who is always setting what appears impossible goals, but she gets there! She literally dances with life. Hidden in her story are her parents and their sheer determination for Alison to be normal.

If you’d like to get in touch with Alison about the products which have made such a difference in her life you can email her on:



About Diana Jackson

Author of 'The Healing Paths of Fife', Historical Romantic fiction ~ The Riduna Series set in 19th and early 20th Century a murder mystery ~ 'Murder, Now and Then' and two memoir. What links my books ~ history! Website:www.dianamaryjackson.co.uk Blog:www.dianamj.wordpress.com Riduna on Twitter and on Facebook too!
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2 Responses to Juvenile Chronic Arthritis ~ Alison’s Amazing Dance with Life

  1. What an truley inspirational story! May 2013 and beyond, continue to be successful and full of energy! x

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