About Patricia Stephens, author of Reversing Chronic Disease
Almost to the day of her 40th birthday, Patricia Stephens suddenly became ill.
This active mom (of two equally active boys), worked as a teacher until she eventually became completely disabled.
Unrelenting back, neck and jaw pain made her life almost unbearable. She underwent three operations to stop the pain, including surgery to restructure her upper and lower jaws, but it didn’t help, so she ate soft foods for seven years. She had significant brain fog to the point that she could not remember lessons she had taught for more than 20 years and she could not sleep without medication. Even though she had been very high energy the first 40 years of her life, Stephens reached a point where she could hardly walk across the room.
It took seven years to finally receive the diagnosis of fibromyalgia and even then, the medications she took barely helped and had horrible side effects. Fibromyalgia is considered “incurable".
“Questions kept coming to my mind such as, ‘What have the doctors missed?’ or ‘What is out of balance in my body?’ I was ready to start looking outside the box,” says Stephens. “If I was going to get well, I was going to have to step up and become my own advocate. No one was more interested in my health than I was. Also, researching was a therapeutic way for me to deal with the misery.”
Over time, Stephens replaced her conventional medications with natural therapies and no longer has fibromyalgia symptoms. She became a certified nutritional consultant and has been working at a natural pharmacy for more than 11 years. The lessons she learned from her own journey, research and work with clients inspired her book, Reversing Chronic Disease: A Journey Back to Health.
She believes in the power of prayer, and gives her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ credit for her miracle. Since her recovery, her passion has been to help others reclaim their health.
Stephens earned a BS from the University of Alabama and became a Certified Nutritional Consultant through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. She taught commercial food preparation in high school for 22 years before becoming ill. She and her husband have been married for over 41 years and have two grown sons.