Happy Birthday to my Fellow Scorpios! Celebrate Yourselves.

Happy Birthday fellow Scorpios. It’s my birthday today. I have a life story you won’t believe. You see, I was told in my early 30s that I wouldn’t live past the age of 40. I was told this negative gem by a Specialist. I literally walked out of his office. And a second Specialist told me I’d be on disability for the rest of my life, and never be able to hold down a regular desk job. I walked out of his office, too. He was so distressed he had his secretary call me to return because he was concerned about further treatments. A very caring physician, I decided, but he and I differed on my outcome.  While I thanked him for his healthcare and compassion, I walked away from him that day and have never looked back. I have a rare disease, and asthma, and a few other health challenges, including the after-effect of a parasite that almost killed me in my mid-20s. I’m here to tell you, it’s all in what you, the patient, believe.  I turned to Dr. Xiu-Min Li, an Asthma and Allergy Specialist in NYC. She works

Words I live by. Scorpio, November 20th. Lee Bice-Matheson

Words I live by. Scorpio, November 20th. Lee Bice-Matheson.

 

Dr. Xiu-Min Li, M.D., The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC

Dr. Xiu-Min Li, M.D., The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC

at The Mount Sinai Hospital and accepted me as her patient. I knew she had invented an alternative Chinese herbal medicine for treating asthma in children. Dr. Li said because of my health issues, she would help me and maybe I could help prove through trials and testing that chinese herbal medicines can be used in replacement of steroids for childhood asthma.  At our first appointment, she examined me and said my asthma wasn’t the only problem. She said I was quite ill, in fact. I replied, “Please don’t label it, just fix it.” And she did. My asthma is in remission, as it can never be cured. I asked her for help to also supervise me while weaning off my steroids. The ongoing lung function testing

was done in conjunction with my local General Practitioner. Thank you for your support as well! It has been 6 months since my last puff. I am running now. I haven’t run in 25 years!

My loving husband, Kevin, moved us to fresh air in Orillia. You see, we lost seven very important, loving, family members from my mom and dad, to Kevin’s dad, my aunt and uncle, my maternal grandmother, and my best friend (who called me her adopted daughter) within 3.5 years. Too much of a coincidence? We think not. I am forever thankful Kevin! And imagine moving our Chiropractic Clinic in mid-life? We didn’t know a soul in Orillia, but Kevin knew he had to save my life,

Dr. Kevin Matheson, Matheson Chiropractic Clinic, Orilla, adjusting a patient.

Dr. Kevin Matheson adjusting a patient at Matheson Chiropractic Clinic, Orilla, ON.

and he did. Dr. Li had looked him in the eyes, at one of our appointments, and she said to him, “The best thing you can do for Lee Anne, is to lessen her daily stress, and move her to fresh air.” I am teary as I write this – he did both! I share my story for those of you who have been given a bleak medical report. Know this. It’s all in what you believe, as well, that counts! The mind is a very powerful tool and one not to be underestimated. I envisioned myself healthy, without the use of steroids, and running again, many years ago. Please let me remind you, this is never to be done without the help of the medical community. You must have supervision for any reduction of medications you’ve been prescribed. I am forever grateful to have met Dr. Li and for her exceptional healthcare, support, and friendship to me. 

My life's philosophy. Lee Bice-Matheson

My life’s philosophy.
Lee Bice-Matheson

Pictured here with my husband, Kevin Matheson. You win for the Best Husband Ever! Love you, Dear.

Pictured here with my husband, Kevin Matheson. You win for the Best Husband Ever! Love you, Dear.

And to my husband, Kevin, I am in awe of you each and every day. Without your loving, undying support, I probably wouldn’t be here today. How can I ever thank you enough?! You are my Rock! And the chiropractic adjustments you gave to me to open up my lungs and air passages helped more than I could ever have imagined. You taught me the healing power of chiropractic treatments and wellness care. I Love You Now and Forever.

Today I turn 55. I’m going to say this all day long! It feels fantastic. I didn’t become an author until the age of 50 and co-authored Destiny’s Gate with our son, J.R. Matheson, since then. I have to acknowledge to our loving son, Justin, you changed our lives for the better on the day you were born. I couldn’t have done any of this, including my health, without your loving support. You’ve been our Rock.

J.R. Matheson and Lee Bice-Matheson after our event held at Furby House Books, Port Hope, ON.

J.R. Matheson, loving son, and Lee Bice-Matheson after our event held at Furby House Books, Port Hope, ON.

Imagine what I would have missed if I had believed my diagnosis: dead before 40?! I feel blessed to have met all of our wonderful supporters at each and every book signing, the bookstore owners and staff who have hosted us, the fascinating interviewers and radio show hosts, waiting on our loyal and always interesting patients at Matheson Chiropractic Clinic, meeting JR and Ruth Colombo, my mentors and friends, spending quality time and trips away with my family and extended family members,

Here is my extended family that show up to our events when time permits. We are the Bice sisters and families. :)

Here is my extended family that show up to our events when time permits. We are the Bice sisters and families. 🙂

and just enjoying the great outdoors again. Living in my former hometown of Sarnia, I was rarely outside in the spring and summer months, the last year we lived there, 2010.

Loving Algonquin Park. My backpack weighed 50 pounds! We canoed and portaged in to Ralph Bice Lake, our ancestor!! #grateful

Loving Algonquin Park. My backpack weighed 50 pounds! We canoed and portaged in to Ralph Bice Lake ( our ancestor)!! #grateful

Now, I’m outside each and every day, even when it’s -40C. I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Loving life, living large, feeling blessed! Thank you. It shouldn’t surprise anyone reading this, Kevin and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this December, 2015. 🙂 Blissful and happy. Forever grateful.

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