There are so very many people out there whose stories can inspire us to find the positivity in our own lives. We can find strength in knowing we are not alone and find hope for a better life. If you know someone who has an inspiring story to share, please, get in touch!
Amie Valpone is a walking ray of sunshine. The first time I met her I thought there was no way one person could be so very positive. And yet, there she was. Smiling and talking to a total stranger (me). I had no idea she was so sick. That she had been given less than 24 hours to live just a year earlier and that she was still in a battle for her body.
She agreed to a short interview to share her story (and her favorite quote).
What is your diagnosis?
How long have you been sick?
Over 6 years
Why share your message and your story through a blog?
So that people know that it’s okay to not be perfect and to have a few ‘issues’ going on. I don’t think I’m sick but my bloodwork says I am, I stay positive and do everything I need to for my health. My blog is a way to share my feelings and dreams with the world.
What is it like to be a young person living with long-term health concerns?
It’s been rough- sometimes I yearn to be normal but I do something that makes me happy each and every day. I love baths and walks in my Manhattan neighborhood, massages, mani/pedis, etc. I do lots of self-love and remind myself that it’s not my fault that all of this is happening to me. I know I will heal and help others heal in the future!
How do you respond to people who doubt or belittle your pain or illness?
I smile and tell them to always put positive vibes into the universe everyday – don’t be a Debbie Downer…it’s not worth it!
Your blog while incredibly positive is also often written from a very vulnerable place. Is it ever hard to open up personally to your readers and the general public?
Yes, I write my blog posts at night with a candle lit and my favorite soft mediation music on. I cry a lot when I write. But it’s like a therapy for me since I don’t go to therapy, ha. It sometimes makes me realize how tough my life really is when I sit back and write about it.
How do you find the strength to be positive not just for yourself but for your readers?
I dunno. I really don’t. I’m a very happy person so I just keep pushing thru everything I face.
Has writing your blog benefited your health in any way? How so?
Yes, my blog took off when I wrote about my illness- people could then relate to me and my suffering and my positive attitude!
What is your go-to wellness tip?
Always travel with healthy snacks and organic lemons! I bring them in my bag to all my flights, train rides and even meetings in Manattan! Lemons are great for tea or hot water and snacks with protein help me stay focuses and energized.
What has being sick taught you about your life? Has it changed how you see things?
A whole lot. I worked at Ralph Lauren corporate and VOGUE Magazine years ago- I worried about shoes and clothes. Ha. Those days are long long gone. Now my salary goes to medical bills and organic food. But I’ve learned your health is the most important thing you have in life and you must cherish it!
Do you have a favorite quote or mantra that gets you through the rough days?
Yes, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Amie’s work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Visit Amie @TheHealthyApple on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest.