Two Years Into My Eyesight Saving Quest: What I’ve Learned

I’m writing this from a ski resort in Northern Idaho—the same ski resort where I hit rock bottom two years ago and decided to do everything in my power to save my eyesight. I started this quest hoping that if I fought hard enough, I could regain my eyesight and get back to a normal-sighted […]

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Taking Today to Celebrate

 In some ways, this post doesn’t have much to do with my eyesight-healing quest. But I think that every once in a while, we need to just stop and enjoy life and CELEBRATE the victories. And today is a big day for me. Penguin is releasing my memoir, Hippie Boy—which I first self-published two years […]

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Orange Algae, TUDCA & Food Allergy Testing Update

After an amazing two and a half weeks in Italy, France and Switzerland, I’m back in Seattle and have resumed my RP healing program full force. I kicked it off by firing up my juicer and getting back into my morning routine that starts with a large glass of distilled water, followed by an equally […]

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I Want My Eyesight

I’ve been in Italy for the past week—part of a dream vacation my husband and I have been planning with our two daughters for years. And in case I needed a reminder of just how critical eyesight is, this trip has been it. Whether it’s navigating crowds, catching trains, climbing stairs or playing cards with […]

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Treating Retinitis Pigmentosa with TUDCA

I first read about TUDCA (Tauroursodeoxycholic Acid) three years ago and was so excited about it’s potential to preserve photoreceptor cells in people with RP that I immediately made an appointment with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and asked if I could buy it from her. I figured that since TUDCA is a synthetic form […]

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Strengthening My Chi to Heal My Eyesight

I had a meltdown in Dr. Yu’s office last week. I was exhausted and stressed trying to meet a production deadline for the teen writing and publishing program I’m involved with—so much so that I lost focus of the real purpose of the program and the joy that comes with it. The minute I took […]

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Partnering With a Friend to Fight Retinitis Pigmentosa

My husband and daughters have always been a great support system and recently joined me in my get-healthy quest—which includes daily green juicing, reducing processed foods and eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and fish.  My daughter, Syd, has even teamed with me on a new daily cardio and strength training routine so I can […]

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Getting Healthy to Help My Eyesight

I felt powerless when I started my journey to heal my eyesight in early February. After yet another visit with a top retinal specialist who told me I had no control over the progression of my Retinitis Pigmentosa, I was convinced that my only hope for eyesight rested in the hands of Dr. Weidong Yu […]

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Getting Back on Track

I’m back after two weeks of hard-core editing to help a group of amazing teens publish their life stories in an upcoming teen story anthology. It’s such a cool project (see the book cover the students designed). It’s also taken a bit of a toll on my eyes. I had planned to return to the […]

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Inexpensive Ways to Preserve and Improve Eyesight

Now that I’m convinced Traditional Chinese Medicine—combined with diet and lifestyle changes—can help heal my eyesight from Retinitis Pigmentosa, I’m obsessed with learning as much as possible about what I can do to preserve and improve my vision. And I want to share it here for anyone who is interested. Before I write more, I […]

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