I was born and raised in San Diego, California and later moved to Houston, Texas. I was raised in a wonderful Christian home with all the love and support any little girl could ever need or want.
When I was 12 years old I began experiencing what I referred to as my “gray cloud days”, I discussed this with my mother and she assured me that it was normal, my body was changing, I was becoming a woman and eventually the “gray cloud” would go away. Unfortunately for me it never did.
As I got older the depression worsened. I began experiencing a host of other symptoms such as fatigue, hair loss, lack of sleep, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, headaches, and cramps. These symptoms got progressively worse after the birth of each of my children.
I could not imagine why the Lord was allowing me to go through this difficult time. I had always tried to serve the Lord with all my heart and honor Him in all I did, why was He punishing me?
I decided to talk to my OBGYN and after listening to me sob for about five minutes he prescribed an anti-depressant for me. I was reluctant to take it at first but I was desperate to calm the storm. I began taking the anti-depressant and after about 2 weeks I wasn’t depressed anymore but I wasn’t happy or excited or at all joyful. I was blank. I was unable to feel any of the emotions that God had wired me as a woman to feel.
After about 6 weeks on the drugs I decided that I didn’t want to be medicated anymore, I wanted to be well. I decided to stop taking the drugs. My doctor told me that they were non-addictive, for me that was not true. I suffered with headaches, my hands shook, I was unable to sleep, and those were just a few of the withdrawal symptoms I experienced, not to mention that the depression was worse than ever and it wasn’t long and the storm inside me was raging.
My prayers for deliverance went unanswered. Here I had everything I had ever wanted in life, a wonderful husband, happy healthy children and a wonderful home but still I was miserable. What was wrong with me?
I knew I was in trouble but I didn’t want to say anything to my doctor because I knew the only answer he had for me was anti-depressants. I didn’t want to get out of bed but that just was not an option, I had to many people that needed me. The depression that began as a gray cloud when I was a child and turned into a storm as an adult was now raging out of control and all I wanted to do was die. I especially suffered during and around my menstral cycle.
Then on December 20, 2004, I saw a television commercial for the Hotze Health & Wellness Center. The kind man on the commercial said, “Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?” Yes, I was, and so I called. Little did I know that my visit to your office would be the answer to the prayer that I began whispering when I was a little girl and screaming out in desperation as an adult was about to be answered.
On December 27, 2004, 2 days after Christmas and 1 day before my 34th birthday, I walked into your clinic in Katy, Texas. I saw Dr. Elsworth that day and he listened to me and he assured me that I was not crazy, that I was hormonally imbalanced and he could help me – PRAISE GOD! My problems weren’t mental at all, but physical. I began taking the Bio-identical Hormones as well as Armor Thyroid. I also take vitamins on a daily basis.
Dr. Hotze, your program showed me that there was a way for me to control the storm without the use of anti-depressants or other drugs. There have been no side effects, only benefits. This program saved my life!
I know now that the Lord allowed me to experience the valley of depression as a result of being hormonally imbalanced so that I can stand in front of groups of ladies that are experiencing the same symptoms that I was and tell them there is hope, God is faithful and He is the Almighty Healer and I know a Doctor that can help them too!!
I can honestly say that I have not had one day of PMS or depression since I started your program over a year ago!!
I am happier and healthier than I have ever been. I want to shout it from the mountaintop!!! I am enjoying my husband, my children and my life like never before.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to seek God’s guidance in women’s health issues and most of all thank you for showing me how to replace that yucky gray cloud with SUNSHINE!!
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