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August 02, 2013

Where Are They Now?

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. This week we’ll be catching up with a couple of our old friends to see how they’ve been doing on their Primal journeys.

If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Hi Mark,

This is Marie Bencivenga. Around two years ago you featured my husband, Nick, and me as Friday Primal Success Stories. I thought you might like an update. We have been Primal the entire time since you published our success stories, and continue to love the lifestyle. I’m writing to you now, because one year ago today I suffered a terrible accident. That accident taught me a lesson that I did not expect, and now feel like I need to share with the masses. Many people discuss how the Primal lifestyle has healed them of diseases and internal problems. I learned how being Primal healed my body when it was seriously wounded.

{Warning: Some of the images below are graphic and not for the faint of heart.}

It was a Sunday night and we had an old friend for dinner. I had pots and pans going on every burner, and I unfortunately made the mistake of placing my pot of boiled potatoes on the front burner. The potatoes had been boiling for a few minutes when I went to stab a fork in one to see if it was soft. I did not notice the pot was off center, and when I pushed down, the back of the pot flipped up, dousing my entire front with boiling water. While I immediately stripped off my clothes, it was too late. I had second and third degree boil burns on 5% of my body – the entire right half of my stomach, starting an inch or two above the belly button, all the way down to my panty line, and then also my right thigh. I’ve attached photos with descriptions – please note they are graphic.

My skin bubbled up instantly. Within 36 hours the blisters were over 1 1/2″ – 2″ high off my body. I was terrified at what was happening to my body but the thing I can never describe properly was the amount of pain I was in. Searing, constant, blinding, mind-numbing pain. I could not bend. I could not engage my abdominal muscles at all. I could not sit or walk. I was not strong enough to lift a glass full of water on my own. At that point I was admitted to the burn center at St. Francis Hospital in SF. My doctor came to the conclusion that the risk of infection was too high and that the blisters would burst on their own. They needed to scrape and clean the wounds. They did this without me using painkillers – I cannot tolerate strong medications as they make me nauseous and I hallucinate. Eventually, they found a low dose of Vicodin that I could handle without nauseousness, but I still hallucinated. I limited the use of those pain killers as much as I was able. I was wrapped in silver impregnated bandages to ward off infection, and while a hospital bed was offered to me, I chose to return home.

I was told I was lucky. That with a burn, feeling pain is a good sign – it means that the nerve endings are exposed instead of damaged. I did sustain some nerve damage on my right thigh. I was told that I can now experience a bullet wound and childbirth without fear since “this pain was worse”. I was also told to expect my body to never be the same. That I would be permanently scarred, and that while they would do what they could for scar management, that I should expect a long recovery and to carry these scars with me my whole life.

Coming home from the hospital all I could think about was my pain and my food. Sweet potatoes. Fatty fish and shrimp. I craved dark leafy greens. I wanted nothing to do with sugar or fruits. I wanted tea and cinnamon. Dairy was a daily part of my life but once I was hurt I didn’t want it very much at all. I took psyllium husk and probiotics to combat the negative side effects of the pain killer. My husband and mother provided me with the necessary 24 hour care the first two weeks of my injuries and they helped me maintain 100% Primal.

Every 3-5 days I would return to the burn center to have my wounds cleaned and redressed. Every time the doctor examined me, he was amazed at how quickly I was healing. Even with his encouragement, it took 6 weeks of laying flat on my back before my wounds were healed enough for me to re-engage my life at an extremely reduced capacity. Six months of recovery with little to no exercise followed. I could walk – slowly. I had been indoor rock climbing, biking, and hiking frequently before the accident. Despite the lack of movement and exercise I did not gain a pound during my recovery. I lost a bit of muscle definition but it quickly returned once the go ahead to exercise again was given to me by my doctors.

My doctor provided me with excellent care and thanks to his generosity I underwent a few laser procedures to minimize the scarring. I wore a compression outfit under my clothes for months to keep it from raising or twisting. My leg especially was forming bad scars – purple, splotchy, twisted scars. I maintained my Primal eating habits, kept the scars from any sun exposure, and continued treating my body to the best foods available. Once the wounds were healed fully I would rub coconut oil on the scars. My doctor again and again accredited my good dietary habits to my healing. He showed me pictures of others who had similar damage – my wounds and then scars were more advanced in the healing process.

One year later I am back to normal. The scars on my stomach are minimal – you can’t tell they are there unless you are scrutinizing my skin. At a normal distance they are unnoticeable. My scars on my leg have also lightened up considerably and while you can still see that something is there, you’d have no idea the extent of the wound that the scars originated from. I believe that as I age they will continue to diminish, possibly completely. This goes against what I was told to expect.

I fully believe being Primal before, during, and after this ordeal meant all the difference to my healing process. I was not the only one convinced either. My mother had listened to me exalt the Primal lifestyle for over a year without being convinced, but witnessing my recovery and hearing my doctor’s comments opened her mind. She has been Primal since last August and has lost 50 pounds successfully, as well as bouncing back quickly from a serious surgery of her own.

I tell everyone who’ll listen about my experience and beliefs that Primal is the way for me. I’ve maintained my weight at 120 lbs (down from 160) for over two years despite this accident and the 7 1/2 months of no exercise that went along with it. I never feel like I am missing anything in my diet and I love making all my family members and friends Primal meals and treats – and they all love eating my healthy, grain-free alternatives to traditional SAD recipes. I am so grateful to you, Mark, and all the other amazing sources of knowledge that I’ve used to make Primal work for me. I now know without any doubt that this lifestyle is in my best interest on so many fronts – I’ll be a Grokette for life.

Photos of Marie

Nick and me in 2009, before going Primal. I was 160 lbs.

Nick and Marie

Nick and Marie

Nick and me in July 2012, one week before my accident. We had been Primal since March of 2011. I was 120 lbs.

Nick and Marie - Primal

My burn blisters within 36 hours of initial contact with the boiling water.

36 Hours After Burn

Two days after they scraped the blisters off and cleaned my wounds. The grayish-brown is dead tissue.

Two days after scraped blisters

The silver bandages tarnished my skin. This is one week after I was burned. It was the first time I saw myself bleeding from my injuries.

One week after burn

Two weeks after the incident I had substantial scabbing form. I would have to clean and peel off dead skin and scabs during my hospital sessions. Only I could tell by feel what was ready to be removed. They wanted as much scab removed as possible to keep the new skin flat and un-rippled.

Two weeks after burn

Three weeks after the burn, new skin was forming. It was very thin and would split often.

Three weeks after burn

One month after the burn. Much of my new skin was raw and would bleed regularly, especially on my leg where I sustained my most severe injuries.

One month after burn

Six weeks after my burn. My stomach wounds had closed but my leg wounds would still spilt open and bleed.

Six weeks after burn

My scars today are minimal, almost invisible on my stomach.

Minimal scars

Minimal scars

How I look these days (with clothes on!). I am still 120 lbs.

Healed Marie!

Nick and Marie - Primal

Marie Bencivenga

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Mark,

You featured me back in January 2011 on your blog and I wanted to send you an update to my progress. Here is the original blog you posted:

By Switching to Primal You Can Save on Your…

Randy - Before Primal

Since then I have continued to make improvements and at age 50 I have never felt better. After reading quite a bit about CrossFit type workouts on your site I joined a local CrossFit gym, CrossFit Draper (Draper, UT) in August 2012. I have enjoyed the challenges of the CrossFit workouts as well as the camaraderie experienced in that setting. It is like having a workout team and a personal trainer all rolled into one.

I have continued enjoying my long, slow hikes in the mountains about twice a week for 3 to 5 miles per outing. My favorite hike is still the steep 4.5 mile round trip to the lower falls in Bells Canyon in Sandy, UT – a 1600 foot elevation gain climb that I am doing (round trip) in about 75 minutes now (well, it seems slow…).

I continue to eat Primal with above ground veggies and grassfed/range free meats as my base and enjoy “sweets” like dark chocolate, berries and kombucha when I get a craving for something sweet.

At 50, I took on a few new challenges this year to help me continue to feel motivated. I ran the 33k Moab Red Hot in February and this past weekend (June 29th) I participated in the Utah Spartan Beast finishing the 12+ mile course in just over 3 hours (3:04) putting me 11th in the 50 to 55 year old men. I honestly joined just hoping to finish…

This past year my wife, Marilyn, has come on board 100% Primal with me which has made things great for the two of us. She is my workout partner, my hiking buddy, and my true soulmate.

Not sure what else I can add here but my sincere gratitude Mark. Your website, emails, recipes, blogs, and inspirational stories have been the foundation I have built upon during this lifestyle transformation. Thank you for all you do for me and my wife. We truly thank you, Mark.

Friends and family that haven’t seen me in a long time ask me what diet I’m doing. My simple answer is that I don’t diet…diets don’t work. I explain that you have to change who you are and now I AM PRIMAL.

All the best my primal brother!

Randy - Still Primal

Randy Oveson

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Bryan
Bryan
3 years 1 month ago

Wow….just, WOW.

Thanks for sharing this. Truly amazing!

EnglishRose2012
EnglishRose2012
3 years 1 month ago

Wonderful recovery from burns.
More generally it also illustrates who women of about average height (my height) tend to look very good at about 120 pounds (the current weight). I always took 126 pounds as the most I wanted to be (in the UK was call that 9 stone (9z 14 pounds))…..

All I need now is to get back down to there.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 1 month ago

You don’t often have a good excuse to use this term but here goes… Gnarly!

Merky
Merky
3 years 1 month ago

HOLY $h%* Marie! That is crazy, you went through all that and kept your stomach definition 🙂

Both great stories! Perfect motivation for going into the weekend.

Jeanne
Jeanne
3 years 1 month ago

OMG, those burns. You poor thing! You look unbelievable….I can barely make out any scarring at all and I bet it does fade completely one day. Just wow!

W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
3 years 1 month ago

MARIE -The photos of your wounds break my heart – they brought tears to my eyes. I’m sorry you went through all that, and I’m thrilled that the time was shortened by being Primal. You look fabulous!

RANDY – You look great! And I’m happy to hear that your wife in on board with you now.

The best to all of you.

Patrick
Patrick
3 years 1 month ago

Dear Marie! Thank God! I remember your story and reading now made me feel as though a family member was going through this tragedy and I guess in a way you really are family. Anyway, I am so happy for you and cannot imagine the dedication and pain you went through to get to the place you shared with us today. Thank-you and my family wishes the best for you! You are an inspiration!

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks, Patrick! The support of our Primal/Paleo community is awesome. Much love to you and your family!

Sandy
3 years 1 month ago
Marie, thanks for sharing this. As bad as this is to look at, I just can’t imagine the pain you endured, and yet now you look fantastic! Congratulations on your recovery. I am sharing your story with my family; I often remind my adult kids to keep the pot handles turned to the back, now they will see why. Best wishes! And Randy, great to see your results. Love it: “What diet are you doing?” I hear that too, everybody wants to “do a diet”, thinking they’ll lose weight then go back to eating what they want. They look at… Read more »
Dan Garner
3 years 1 month ago

Wow. Love hearing these success stories. I started paleo/primal about 2 years ago. Marks Daily Apple was key in my information and motivation. I have even gone on to start a website Healthy Food Matters dot Org to inspire others to eat whole, real foods. I outlined my success story here at http://www.healthyfoodmatters.org/2013/08/how-i-lost-34lbs-in-six-months-and.html

Nick
Nick
3 years 1 month ago

I am so proud of my amazing wife 🙂 Way to go Marie!!!

And Randy – friggin AWESOME! You look like a new dude!

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 1 month ago

+100

Charlotte
3 years 1 month ago

Marie- I had a similar experience when i accidentally spilled boiling water over half my forearm- it was the most painful experience and only about a quarter of the coverage of yours- i’m so sorry for your experience and so happy that you recovered so quickly! mine took about 2 years to fully fade, perhaps if i’d been primal in all that time, it would have cut that time in half!

and Randy- AMAZING! you look great and so so happy!

Monica
Monica
3 years 1 month ago

The best oil for scars is pure rosehip oil. I had a 2nd degree burn on my wrist from spilling hot wax on it – completely gone.

Phil
3 years 1 month ago

Your skin looks as good as new. I wonder if the solution to wrinkles, stretch marks, or loose skin is to pour boiling water on your skin. I kid.

BW
BW
3 years 1 month ago

Marie. F’n amazing recovery. Unbelievable.Very cool about your mother.

Randy. Way to dominate. Good work.

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

Nice catch! She’s been amazing. The rest of my family still eats a lot of SAD food but she’s put it on herself to rise above. She still has 50 lbs to go, but she’s come so far and is doing great. Hopefully she’ll feel willing to share her journey and success on here at some point, too!

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks everyone! I was very grateful to have competent and awesome doctors providing me with their care, but I also completely believe that my body would not have healed as quickly or as completely as it has without my Primal lifestyle and real food as fuel. I’m also feeling blessed to know there is so much awesome support on MDA.

Katelyn
Katelyn
3 years 1 month ago

Both such great transformations!

Marie: WOW!! You look amazing and I cannot believe how that major accident looks like it never happened. I have noticed that cuts and wounds heals so much easier when I eat Primal. Food is medicine. Grok on!

andy
andy
3 years 1 month ago

Marie,

I am so moved by your story. It is a story of courage and triumph.
Congrats to you.

Please tell me what you eat everyday?

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago
A usual day sees me eat two strips bacon, maybe an egg over easy, some avo, or some berries…I’ll eat canned tuna (caught and canned from our fisherman neighbor) or a small hunk of cheese, leftover meats or broth throughout the day…a big dinner every night. That’s when I’m hungriest and so I do 1/2 lb meat plus a lot of veggies like spinach, kale, carrots, squash, tomatoes, beets, etc, with lots of Kerrygold. I roast things, sautée, bake. I love to cook. This week I’ve made crockpot lamb shanks in green coconut curry with onion, carrot, and broccoli. The… Read more »
Linda A. Lavid
3 years 1 month ago

What??? This is your diet? Your husband’s a lucky, lucky man.

Linda A. Lavid
3 years 1 month ago

Oops. I made an assumption. If he’s the cook, you’re a very lucky woman. Grok on!

Nick
Nick
3 years 1 month ago

Haha, correct assumption! I am the lucky one!!! Although I like to think that I offer a few things in the relationship 🙂

Rae
Rae
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, what time is dinner? I’m on my way…to…uh…wherever the heck you live!! It all sounds delicious and way beyond my very rudimentary cooking skills! Lol!

Happy you have healed and are doing well! I am a nurse and have seen a lot of wounds over the years and I still cringed at the initial thigh blisters!

Rae

Misabi
Misabi
3 years 1 month ago

Great transformation and a fantastic recovery from done horrible wounds. I had a similar experience, but with hot fat to my leg, when I was about 7 yo, so I feel your pain.

Care to share your lamb shank curry recipe? I just had a Malaysian one last night, which was delish and a green curry version sounds great too! 🙂

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 17 days ago

4-6 lamb shanks
1 can coconut milk
I jar Thai Kitchen green curry paste
6-8 carrots, chopped into large sections
1 yellow onion, chopped
Cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, allspice to taste. Add red chili pepper if you want it even hotter, but without it has a medium spiciness.

Throw ingredient in crockpot. Cook on low 8 hours.

Mindy Goldsberry
Mindy Goldsberry
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, thank you for sharing your story. That is an accident that could happen to easily to any of us. I will be thinking of you when I am boiling foods on the stove and be extra careful. I had never seen what could happen with an accident like that. Way to go on keeping up with your primal living through all of that. What a great recovery you look great!!!

Aaron
Aaron
3 years 1 month ago

Marie I am just &*@#$@* blown away by your story. You are a wonderful, strong, and beautiful individual. Thank you for sharing.

John Snyder
John Snyder
3 years 1 month ago

You are amazing! Thanks for sharing your story Marie, fed your body what it has evolved to eat and bam superior results. You are way tougher than I am.

Margaret B.
Margaret B.
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, your story (and the graphic before and after pictures) are incredible. I wish you and your husband the best!

And Randy, looking awesome, man! You look like you take on the world every day. Keep it up; what an inspiration!

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 1 month ago
Wow, Marie! I can’t believe how the scars have faded! Burn pain is the worst pain I have ever experienced – and that was a tiny cooking-oil burn I got long ago. So painful I slept on my stomach with my arm hanging out of the bed immersed in a bucket of cold water. The power of the body to heal or not heal – how could it not be affected by what we eat? I’m glad you had good care and your body was able to heal itself so wonderfully. Randy – it makes all the difference in the… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 1 month ago

Fantastic stories. Please keep them coming!

Anna
Anna
3 years 1 month ago

Yes agreed! Thanks Marie & Nick, Randy and wife!! Can’t wait to find myself a paleo partner… God Marie you look so amazing, hope you don’t mind me saying so. Love it. V encouraging, will stick to the plan. Please keep these stories coming Mark – so encouraging for the slightly slower readers to success like me!!! 😛

James
3 years 1 month ago

Great stories. Marie and Randy, you are an inspiration to many. Grok on!

Arryn
Arryn
3 years 1 month ago

Both are great stories! Thank you both for sharing, and congrats on your accomplishments!

Edward
Edward
3 years 1 month ago
I had a somewhat similar experience. As a result of an accident a blood vessel in my brain was broken. I was taken to ER room and then immediately for an operation in the middle of the night. The surgeon cut my skull open, repaired the blood vessel and I was sent to Intensive Care. My recovery was miraculous. It was the fastest recovery the doctors had ever seen from such an operation. I attribute the recovery to my Paleo diet and the Grace of God. Good nutrition is essential for both staying well and recovering from injury. I am… Read more »
Julie
Julie
3 years 1 month ago

WOW. Both stories have rendered me speechless. Marie and Randy, you are the inspiration I needed today.

Doug
Doug
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, Marie, I am simply amazed. Awe inspiring. I have never seen anything like that and to be back to almost normal is amazing. That had to be emotionally draining.

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

The greatest test was one of patience, not pain tolerance. And accepting that I was just going to have to stop everything going on in life and just heal. The shop I work at was in the middle of moving to a new location, family and friends had planned visits, I missed a wedding and several events I’d been looking forward to. Healing trumped all those things.

Mel
Mel
3 years 1 month ago

Wow! These stories are awe inspiring. It is amazing what good nutrition will do for the body.

Side comment: How is it that in one of Marie’s pictures her burn scars are on the left abdomen and thigh instead of the right? Is my brain confused?

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

All of these photos were taken on iPhone cameras…if the front camera was used it creates a mirror image (the infamous “selfie” shot). The burns are on my right side.

Teresa
Teresa
3 years 1 month ago

That picture is her reflection in a mirror.

AustinGirl
AustinGirl
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, you look fantastic and I am SO happy that you’ve healed so well! What a terrifying experience you went through!

Alan
Alan
3 years 1 month ago

Simply A-MAZING!

People think this Primal stuff is a fad and all but I tell them all the time, when you give your body real nutrition, it will heal itself in amazing ways.

George
George
3 years 1 month ago

Marie and her husband look great, kudos for that. Glad she recovered from her burns. I’m a firm believer that a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition help most any situation. VERY impressive that she stayed on her nutritional regimen even during this painful recovery. However … that’s about as far as I’m willing to take it in terms of a correlation between a Paleo diet and healing from burn wounds.

George
George
3 years 1 month ago

P.S. Also a shout out to Randy, well done! Keep up the good work, big improvement brutha.

Colin
Colin
3 years 1 month ago

Two amazing stories and two amazing people – most importantly they are strong inside – inspiring

WelshGrok
WelshGrok
3 years 1 month ago

Shocking photos Marie! Must have been truly awful but your post suggests that you are handling it really well, psychologically. On a shallower note, no-ones gonna notice scars on a body like that! Scars make one more interesting and without them people will never believe the story!

Randy – Unfortunately your post is somewhat trumped by Marie’s horrific injury, lol, but top work man! I can’t imagine how much better you must be feeling. You don’t look anywhere near 50 mate!

Grok On both!

PS – Looking good too Nick!

Tina
Tina
3 years 1 month ago

A-freaking-MAZING! I mean, seriously, I can’t believe how well you healed, and I am so glad for you that you did. That must have been hellaciously awful pain. Thanks for sharing your story and giving everyone one more reason, as if we needed one, to STAY PRIMAL! Grok on, lady.

Justin
3 years 1 month ago

O.O…………….

That is truly unbelievable

Vivian
3 years 1 month ago

I can’t believe the extent to which Marie was able to heal in only a year!

Katie C.
Katie C.
3 years 1 month ago

Awesome Marie, Isn’t cell regeneration fun!? Haha.. I think it is! Especially when I have less gray hairs and glowing skin and shiny hair. Living inside out!

Jess
Jess
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, I’m so sorry you had to go through all of that pain! I’m so glad you healed well, though. I have gone through childbirth twice and have also burned my hand very badly. Burning my hand hurt worse than childbirth-that is for sure! I was Primal when I burned my hand (btw, it doesn’t even come close to what you experienced) and I was shocked at how quickly my body healed! You really won’t be fazed by childbirth! You look great, btw!

Leslie
Leslie
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, I’m so sorry you experienced such an awful accident, but you’ve made an awesome recovery and you look fabulous! I also suffered a severe accident that I won’t totally recover from, but, hey, I can (and do) about 90% of what I used to be able to do after six years. @*it happens, but it’s how we deal with it that makes for a full recovery in our heads. I always tell myself, it could have been worse, so I’m very happy that it wasn’t. You are beautiful inside and out!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, you are a great cook. I’m comin’ over…lol!

Susan Alexander
3 years 1 month ago
Marie: You’re so awesome! I remember your first writing. You have such a sweet face and smile. I’m so sorry for what you endured. Thank you SO MUCH for pointing out what a huge danger boiling water is on the stove. It was one of the first things we learned in a new parents’ safety class years ago. It’s good to have a reminder, because I’m not such a new parent anymore, and people can get a little relaxed when it comes to safety after a long time goes by and nothing bad actually happens. It’s also good of you… Read more »
Susan Alexander
3 years 1 month ago

Randy:

Way to go as well. I admire anyone who sets foot in a CrossFit gym, especially the 50+ folks who don’t have the benefit of blending in as well as others. It takes some serious courage.

It also takes an open mind to try out eating differently. (See Mark’s post yesterday on naysayers.) I’m encouraged every time I see someone like you who JUST DOES IT.

Really good of you to give us your update. Carry on!

Susan

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin
3 years 1 month ago

Marie, this is such an amazing story. This just shows you that if you take care of your body, that it will take care of you. You can’t even tell that you had severe burns!

Val

Deanna
Deanna
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, these are both stunning stories! Marie, I just have to repeat what everyone else said, that how much your burns have healed is absolutely amazing! And Randy, holy cow it looks like you got younger! It’s so nice to hear that people don’t just become a success story and then move on with their lives/diets and that Primal really IS a way of life.

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Naz
3 years 1 month ago

Wow Marie your story really resonated with me! I had a similar accident about 8 months ago. It wasn’t nearly as bad as yours but I did develop blisters from my burns and needed to be bandaged up for a while. It hurt to walk or do anything but just look you I feel that my diet has helped a lot with the healing process, I’m still going but the scars have greatly reduced.

All the best to you!

TJ
3 years 1 month ago

Wow, the pictures say it all… 2 very amazing transformation stories.

Jeanne
Jeanne
3 years 1 month ago

I forgot to comment on Randy’s story….you look incredible and years younger. And the look on your face in the second pic is someone who is happy, really happy, not just going through the motions.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 1 month ago

Wow.

katieCHI
katieCHI
3 years 1 month ago

Love Fridays on MDA. Thanks to the writers and thanks to Mark for posting! Made me tear up! These stories are just what I need today.

Meagan
3 years 1 month ago

If I had seen the “healed after burn photos” I NEVER would have known you had such a severe accident! That’s AMAZING 🙂 I am so happy for you! Did you take extra cod liver oil at all during that time?

Marie Bencivenga
Marie Bencivenga
3 years 1 month ago

I always take fish oil but did not double up during my healing time. I was craving a lot of fish though and ate a lot of it during that time.

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