Katy’s 5 Top Tips!

  1. Try to stay positive – “Keep you face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you,” Is one of my favourite quotes. 
  2. Self-love – find parts of you that you love, that you’re proud of, and focus on them.
  3. Daily Affirmations -Write down a list of positive affirmations about you and say them out loud in the mirror twice a day, morning and night. This has greatly improved the way I see myself and my future. “Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.”
  4. Associations – Who you spend you time with is who you will become. People’s beliefs, attitudes and mindsets will rub off on you, so make sure that they are things you would want for yourself. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
  5. Never give up – There are many times I’ve felt like giving up – that I had lost all hope, but I kept pushing through anyways. And now, I thank myself every day for that, because if I hadn’t kept pushing I would not be where I am today. 

KATY’s Story

The hardships of living with a crippling and painful immune system disorder can be bad enough when your’e an adult – living your whole life with autoimmune arthritis however, is a completely different challenge but Katy is incredible! Diagnosed at just 10 months old, Katy is now 26. On March 17th this year she’ll be competing in the USA yoga championships, only 5 days before going on to have her first total knee replacement and 9 days before having major eye surgery. On July 17th she’ll also be visiting the Isle of Man where on the 22nd July you’ll be able to catch her at Noa Bakehouse speaking about her low fat, plant based healing progress and her phenomenal yoga achievements! 

“My name is Katy Hoogendam and I live in the USA. I first had visible signs of Juvenile Arthritis at 10 months old and was diagnosed at 11  months. I was also diagnosed with Uveitis (inflammation of the fluid in the eyes), which was caused by my JRA – and, after that, glaucoma then cataracts. I’ve had more than 5 eye surgeries throughout my life and am due to have another permanent tube in my left eye in March.

Throughout my life, doctors’ appointments for my eyes and the arthritis became a normal part of my life. I grew up being told there was no cure for these illnesses and the only way to control them was through drugs. I was told I’d end up crippled and in a wheelchair and there was nothing much I could do about this.

Despite having to cope with all this negativity at such a young age, I never let it consume me. Of course there were times when I felt like giving up, and plenty of times when I was upset and hurt, but I also knew that attitudes like that would get me nowhere, so I learned to find the good in every situation. I was therefore determined to 

live a ‘normal’ life like everyone else. I graduated high school, got a job, went to community college… but as the years went on my pain levels became so severe that I ended up having to take powerful narcotics  just to be able to continue to live my life. Even with these, I was still in pain. I therefore began to desperately look towards a more natural approach but nothing was working until I fell upon the Paddison Program for Rheumatoid Arthritis at the beginning of January 2017. 

The PP has changed my life. From starting this program, switching my diet to plant based and changing my exercise, I have experienced some quite amazing results in just a year. I can’t wait to come to the Isle of Man in July to share with you more about my life’s story and my progress so far in reversing this crippling disease – Rheumatoid Arthritis – naturally, to tell you about the medications I’ve managed to get off and what this has done to my happiness. Through this program I have finally found my hope that had been  suppressed all these 26 years of my life. There is a way out. There is hope for all of us with this terrible disease.”

Katy’s 5 Top Tips!

  1. Try to stay positive – “Keep you face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you,” Is one of my favourite quotes. 
  2. Self-love – find parts of you that you love, that you’re proud of, and focus on them.
  3. Daily Affirmations -Write down a list of positive affirmations about you and say them out loud in the mirror twice a day, morning and night. This has greatly improved the way I see myself and my future. “Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences.”
  4. Associations – Who you spend you time with is who you will become. People’s beliefs, attitudes and mindsets will rub off on you, so make sure that they are things you would want for yourself. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.”
  5. Never give up – There are many times I’ve felt like giving up – that I had lost all hope, but I kept pushing through anyways. And now, I thank myself every day for that, because if I hadn’t kept pushing I would not be where I am today. 

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