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Living Beyond Limits Newsletter

Friend,

 

Over the past month, I have been attempting to contact free-standing hyperbaric facilities about the release of my book, Fighting the Dragon: How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was the first treatment that started the reversal of many of my multiple sclerosis symptoms and actually stopped what had become steady and persistent deterioration.

In mid-October this year, I took the book to the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading. Most unknown authors’ meet and greet a lot of festival attendees. Many of these people attend to hear well-known authors speak, but buy few, if any, books from the “unknowns.” However, the theory goes, authors’ “face time” with the “potential audience” may produce future sales, especially if the writers hand out bookmarks or other promotional material with information on how to order their books.

My experience? I sold TWELVE copies of “Fighting the Dragon” at the Festival, mostly to people who had a family member, friend, or co-worker suffering the disease. “I’m giving this to my aunt for Christmas,” one woman told me. Another told me his copy was going to a cousin who lives in Germany. “A Christmas gift,” he said. I left the festival tired, but thrilled. The story was “getting out,” even as far away as Germany.

Ten days later, on Halloween (October 31), I dropped candy and 2 “bookmarks”—a 3”X4” Fighting the Dragon trading card and a bookmark advertising my children’s book, The Whose-its and Whats-its into the bags of the trick-or-treaters. Result? A few online (CreateSpace and Amazon) sales within the next couple of days.

On November 7, I set up a display of my books and gave a Creativity presentation to a writing group. The next day, I had another little “pop” in online sales—whether from Halloween or the speech, I’m not certain.  

In that same week after the festival, the doctor who treated me with hyperbaric oxygen called. “I just had a patient walk in here with your book,” he told me. “She’s excited about starting hyperbaric oxygen and low dose naltrexone. What can you tell me about LDN?”

I apologized that I had not yet gotten a copy of the book to him—his facility is a good hour away and I was hoping to set up some time to sit down and talk with him. However, I did explain the dosing to him and then referred him to Skip Lenz at Skip’s Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy that specializes in LDN. Skip was invaluable when I was working on the book, and probably the most knowledgeable person I know when it comes to LDN.

I had tried to tell the hyperbaric doctor about LDN almost a year previously . . . but with the book . . . and Skip’s guidance, I think we may have gained a convert. I hope so.

About a week after I sent Skip a copy of the book, I tried to contact him to make sure he got it. He wasn’t available. Then, one afternoon last week, he called me. “I wanted to make sure you got my book,” I said.

“I did,” he said. “Guess where it is.”

“I haven’t the vaguest,” I said.

He then proceeded to tell me that he had gone to an International Leadership Conference in Moloba, Equatorial Guinea (West Africa). “I took your book to read on the plane,” he said. “When I got there, I talked with the Minister of Health and he wanted to see what I was reading.”

The end result? The Minister of Health absconded with the book and refused to give it back. “Expect something big,” Skip told me, “bigger than you can imagine, in six to eight months.” He gave me no further hints. Amazing to think that a self-published book which has been out for a month is now halfway around the world.

A few days later, I got a call from a woman in Canada who had heard of the book, but found she couldn’t order it onAmazon.ca. I redirected her to the CreateSpace site:www.createspace.com/3953919, and she called me a few minutes later to tell me she had successfully ordered the book. Createspace verified that the book would not be available on Canadian Amazon, but that anyone, anywhere in the world, could get it on Amazon.com. Now I know.

So, in between résumés, writer’s coaching, and editing, I am now planning the second Dragon book, where I will talk about how the therapies discussed in the first can be applied to other autoimmune conditions, cancer, and AIDS.

Today, I recontacted the hyperbaric facilities and talked with a man who told me to send the book to Michelle Obama and to contact local radio stations, and the major talk shows (Oprah and Dr. Phil). I’m having an interesting time wrapping my head around that one.

Curious how a thirty year path to what seemed total loss only four years ago could turn around and lead to something that appears to be doing so much good. I have been truly blessed.

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2012  All rights reserved 

Sandra Kischuk, Writer, Editor, and Success Coach

The writing on this page may be freely forwarded in its entirety and must include this copyright notice.    

The use of the material for any other purpose, in part or in whole, oral or written, or in any form reproduced, presented, or recorded, is only by express written consent of the author. 

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Fighting the Dragon: How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis is available in standard print atwww.createspace.com/3953919

and large print at:www.createspace.com/3967215

Also on Amazon and in popular ebook formats.


See The Whose-its and Whats-itsat: www.createspace.com/3743939

See my coaching website at:        LivingBeyondLimits.com

See my writing website at: http://www.SandraKischuk.com

“I change lives.”

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Sandra teaches online writing courses at Coffee House for Writers:

www.coffeehouseforwriters.com

– The First Edit: Finding and Fixing Your Writing Errors

– Your Personal Editor

– Grantwriting

 

Living Beyond Limits, 2107 West Fore Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Blog: livingbeyondlimits.com
Writing site: sandrakischuk.com

E-mail: Sandra@LivingBeyondLimits.com

Phone:  813.935.7760

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Friend,I have battled multiple sclerosis for over thirty years. About four years ago, I realized I was going to end up in an assisted living within about two years. I could no longer go from one end of the house to the other without sitting and resting. If I walked down to the mailbox (maybe fifty feet total), I had to come back inside and take a nap. After I got a pan out of a lower kitchen cupboard, I had to crawl across the floor to pull myself up with the edge of the sink. By then, I was too tired to cook.

Exacerbations slammed me four times a year, even though I was on Avonex. Each one left me in worse condition . . . and I was no longer recovering from them. The once weekly Avonex injection made me feel like I had flu six days a week. I walked into walls and fell at least twice a week . . . and I couldn’t think well past about 2:00 in the afternoon. I was so ill, I rarely left the house. I knew I was in trouble—BIG TIME.

In desperation, I handicapped the house, raising the floor in the sunken family room, putting safety rails and “comfort height” toilets in the bathrooms, and “pan drawers” in the kitchen. I simplified things as much as I could, doing my best to conserve what little energy I had.

Then Mom heard some information from Julian Whitaker, MD, of the Whitaker Wellness Institute about the use of hyperbaric oxygen for MS. I found a facility and underwent about 30 treatments, which stabilized me for the first time in years.

A few months later, Dr. Whitaker talked about using Low Dose Naltrexone for MS. Naltrexone is used at full dose (50 mg.) for opiate addiction and alcoholism. At a lower dose, it “balances” the immune system . . . and can be used in this way for autoimmune diseases, cancers, and AIDS. However, MOST doctors will not prescribe it.

This week, I release a new book.Fighting the Dragon: How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis details my journey from a nightmare to a far more “normal” life. I provide my history, which highlights some potential triggers MS readers might recognize. I tell how to find the “right kind” of hyperbaric facilities (“hyperbaric bags” DO NOT WORK – and I explain WHY), how to find doctors who will prescribe low dose naltrexone, and how to get this prescription medication (even how to “mix” your own). I explain dosage . . . in enough detail a patient can take it to his/her doctor . . . and calculate the correct dosage for adults, children, or even pets.

Today I cook, garden, and even walk around the neighborhood. I still have other health issues which slow me down – fibromyalgia, narcolepsy (sleep attacks), and cataplexy (momentary paralysis or collapse with strong emotion), but have learned to live around them—pacing myself, taking frequent breaks, and napping when my body demands it.  

However, I have not had any permanent MS deterioration since starting the hyperbaric oxygen. And once I started LDN, the exacerbations stopped. I quit taking Copaxone (another of the “approved” MS drugs) over a year ago after I experienced the side effects of crushing chest, jaw, and shoulder pain. Now I am “flying” on Low Dose Naltrexone alone . . . knowing that I have a hyperbaric oxygen “backup plan” if the “Dragon” ever decides again to raise its ugly little head.  

FLYING? It has taken a while to untangle the emotional impact of living for so many years with such a volatile chronic condition. However, I can say today that I NO LONGER live in FEAR . . . and after thirty years of terror, the feeling is AMAZING!

 

“This is a remarkable book—well-written with solid research and a very inspiring story.”

—Julian Whitaker, MD, Whitaker Wellness Institute

 

“Good read, to the point and no propaganda.”

—Skip Lenz, PharmD, Skip’s Pharmacy

 

“We applaud you on your bravery and perseverance. Not only have you gone outside the box, you share your journey with so many others that may feel alone and desperate until now. The use of Hyperbaric medicine in the treatment of neurologic conditions is still an untapped resource in our arsenal against MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Stroke recovery, Autism and many more.”

—Staff, Neubauer Hyperbaric Neurologic Center

 

Paperback copies of Fighting the Dragon are available at:

(standard print)            www.createspace.com/3953919

(large print)                  www.createspace.com/3967215

Also available on Amazon and in Nook and Kindle formats.

 

Copyright Notice

Copyright © 2012  All rights reserved 

Sandra Kischuk, Writer, Editor, and Success Coach

The writing on this page may be freely forwarded in its entirety and must include this copyright notice.    

The use of the material for any other purpose, in part or in whole, oral or written, or in any form reproduced, presented, or recorded, is only by express written consent of the author. 

*        *        *         *

Fighting the Dragon: How I Beat Multiple Sclerosis is available in standard print atwww.createspace.com/3953919

and large print at:www.createspace.com/3967215

Also on Amazon and in popular ebook formats.


See The Whose-its and Whats-itsat: www.createspace.com/3743939

See my coaching website at:        LivingBeyondLimits.com

See my writing website at: http://www.SandraKischuk.com

“I change lives.”

*   *   *

Sandra teaches online writing courses at Coffee House for Writers:

www.coffeehouseforwriters.com

– The First Edit: Finding and Fixing Your Writing Errors

– Your Personal Editor

– Grantwriting

 

Living Beyond Limits, 2107 West Fore Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
Blog: livingbeyondlimits.com
Writing site: sandrakischuk.com

E-mail: Sandra@LivingBeyondLimits.comPhone: 813.935.7760

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SOS Ministries is putting on a Fashion Show November 3, 2012 to raise money for The Helping Hands Ministry of Calvary Chapel Worship Center. SOS Ministries  ministers to abused women, homeless, the poor, and other needs in our community and would greatly appreciate any kind of donation that  you, your company or group would be able to assist us with. This is a large project but if we work together we will see our area definitely change for the better. Please remember your donation is tax deductible. Thank you so much for your participation.

 

Sponsor Levels:

THE EMMY – $500.00 Donation

3 months of FREE advertising in The Campus Connection 

Early Admission

4 FREE Admission Tickets

2 Reserved Front Row Seats

2 Specialty Drinks

Name of Business in Fashion Show Program

RED CARPET- $300.00 donation

1 month FREE advertising in The Campus Connection

Early Admission

2 FREE Admission Tickets

2 Reserved Front Row Seats

2 Specialty Drinks

Name of Business in Fashion Show Program

THE RUNWAY – $100.00 donation

Early Admission

2 FREE Tickets

2 Reserved Front Row Seats

2 Specialty Drinks

Name of Business in Fashion Show Program

THE STARS ARE OUT – $50.00 donation

Early Admission

2 Free Admission Tickets

Name of Business in Fashion Show Program

For Further Information Please Contact:

Pastor Estell at 727-457-9928 or revestell@yahoo.com

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 What a great day for a cup of tea! As a surprise early birthday present I treated Pastor Estell to Mrs Teas Tea Room in Lutz Florida  (http://mrsteasgarden.com/) . A nice little place that just does “Tea Parties” and “Afternoon Tea”. A nice girly girl place, relaxing, awesome service, wonderful tea and terrific tasting foods. Each table has an eclectic table setting, very nicely done. A soup or broccoli salad are offered and after that a  three tiered  plate stand is brought to the table along with colorful teapots on candle  stand warmers. The cookies, tarts, crumpets soup ( we had potato soup) was freshly made and delightful to the taste buds. The plate stand had equal amounts of food for Pastor Estell and myself.

It was nice, friendly, relaxing, just a great way to spend a couple of hours. I highly recommend going there. See the link for their website in my link section While you  are there stop by their  little sales area and check out the teapots and items for sale. very reasonably priced.

All I can say is ENJOY.Get your friends and family together and check it out. Reservations are recommended, see website for details.

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Shedding Our Silence  (S.O.S) is having a Fashion Show  November  3, 2012 to benefit our group and also The Helping  Hands Ministry of Calvary Chapel Worship Center.

The Helping Hands Ministry  has a food pantry with clothing and household items for the needy. We are in desperate need of gowns, shoes, jewelry, boots whatever you are able to donate for this very worthy cause.

If you are local to us we can pick it up. Ask your neighbors, friends and families if they can help us out. Get involved in helping out others, it’s a rewarding ministry. Please contact me  or Pastor Estell Keshock  via this blog  or Facebook.com .

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  Our women’s group,S.O.S (Shedding Our Silence) has new tee shirts. Just in time for the summer. We still have the other ones, “It’s not about me, it’s about Him” available if you didn’t get one yet. now we have a variety of colored tee shirts available with “Warrior Bride” over the left chest area in bling letters. Shiny, like little diamond studs. Wash and wear, no worry about losing the gemstone they are pressed into shirts. We have lots of colors available, you can get it with a warrior sword next to the letters or under the letters. You let us know, of course we need to take orders and they must be prepaid before hand. All proceeds benefit our group.

 If you are interested in joining our group the link is listed in my links session under S.O.S. Don’t forget out ladies tea is this Saturday, I know we’re all excited about it. Maybe I’ll see you there.

I just visited another great blog, The Maya  Guesthouse Project. They are making a guesthouse from straw bales. Reusing the heat generated to make hot water. Go to the blog site and see for yourself. I’m going to have to start a new category for the eco-friendly items I come across. I can’t wait to share all these new places with the SOS group. See links section under “Eco-friendly ideas , places and items for sale”

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 This is actually the second Tarpon Springs Craft we were set up at.The previous one in February I had forgotten my camera. These pictures are similar to what the others would look like. This time there were less visitors. But there were many other events going in Tarpon Springs at the time. It’s a happening little city.  

We had several people stop by and ask about Diana’s bags. They saw the article in the St. Petersburg times and were so complimentary. Unfortunately Diana was not there that day, she was not feeling well, Pastor Estell and I were there helping here out. It was a beautiful day to be outside.

As you can see by one of the photos I was also selling my tee shirts there for SOS. Both Diana and I help sow in the SOS ministry. If you want to know  more about SOS , Bags by Diana , my tee shirts , or The City of Tarpon Springs, see side links.

A friend of mine in SOS makes awesome pocketbooks, book bags and bible covers from recycled plastic bags. What a gift to be able to do that. She was  even interviewed by a newspaper reporter for the local section of   The St. Petersburg Times. We also shared a booth at a Tarpon Springs event. What interesting bags, you would not even think it was made from  recycled plastic bags. She said it’s God inspired. I believe it. Below is a link to her website. Please feel free to check it out. She also sows into SOS ministry. If you are interested or just plain curious about the SOS ministry check out the sidebar information for the email address to contact the Pastor .

Do you have any giftings? Write a comment and share with us.

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