Lisa: I have Ann here who is going to share her experience here at the Prather Practice. Welcome Anne.
Ann: Thank you.
Lisa: Tell us a little about what brought you into the Prather Practice and how long have you been coming to the Prather Practice?
Ann: I think we’ve been coming for probably about two years now. We started off bringing our then 8-year old, who has a seizure disorder and had been on seizure medication since she was one, and also suffers from behavioral issues: ADHD, some anxiety, depression. All of those had been diagnosed before we even walked in the door and we were experiencing a lot of issues at school. Specifically, when the work ramped up, her anxiety ramped up with it. I had a good friend who I had contacted, who probably for a year before that had told me about Dr. Prather, and I eventually said “I think I’m ready to go see that doctor.”
Lisa: What got you to that point?
Ann: I think, especially as a parent with a special needs child, you have to get to that breaking point of You know what, the traditional medicine isn’t working for us. In fact, maybe it’s hindering a little of our success. I think we finally, as a family, got to that point where we just needed something different. We needed somebody to look at the whole child and not just treat the symptom, but treat the whole child and figure out why this was happening.
Lisa: Your whole family comes in now! But what was your experience with her when you brought her in?
Ann: With her, the first thing Doctor Prather did was a complete blood workup, a hair sample and just try to figure out what her body was saying. What was so interesting is when we did the EDS, everything that we knew was happening in her little body, came out in the EDS. That was really overwhelming at first to find that information confirmed. The treatment wasn’t an immediate treatment. It was a very slow treatment because what found was, as you treat one symptom, maybe something else might show up. So we started just by – our goal was to get her off the pharmaceuticals so we could see the real Katie behind the pharmaceuticals. So that was our goal when we came in and that took until this August—about a year and a half to get her completely off her seizure medication so we could see what she was like without those pharmaceuticals in her body. What we found was we weren’t just coming to Dr. Prather for our sessions to find out how her bloodwork was, we were coming when she was sick, we were coming when our family members were sick. It opened up my husband’s eyes up. He’s had medical issues for quite a while—digestive issues—he started coming. Our oldest daughter is a runner and she was having some issues with her back and her legs, so she started coming. She had low iron, which was a whole other issue that was holding her back from running. I think our son came next. He has some issues with his back, so we seek chiropractic treatment for that. Then, finally, mama came! Mama’s always last. But I love it. Dr. Prather is the first person I call when something comes up because I know I will get personalized treatment from him and his family and we feel like we are part of the family.
Lisa: Tell me a little bit about how your daughter has changed and benefitted?
Ann: Katie’s main issues were behavioral and we suspected that a lot of it was side effects from the seizure medication. About a year in, Dr. Prather had mentioned brain core therapy and we decided that might be a good adjustment for Katie so that she could have some treatment along with trying to wean her off of these pharmaceuticals that her body was used to for almost a decade. The brain core therapy, along with Dr. Prather’s treatment just complemented each other beautifully and I think that’s what finally helped us completely eliminate the pharmaceuticals.
Lisa: We do the brain core therapy here through Leanne O’Neil. It is a nice combination.
Ann: It’s fabulous. It’s very good. What happened with the brain core therapy is it complemented along with Katie’s supplements, even the behavioral issues. So, now that we’re off the seizure medications, we just do maintenance and go back to brain core once a month, just for maintenance for her. That’s something that is part of her life. She knows when the worrying and anxiety and ramps up, I need to go see Leeanne because I need therapy.
Lisa: How is school going for her?
Ann: Great! This is the first year we have seen her take off academically. I think once you get all those social issues behind you, then they finally can learn like they need to learn. Academically, she is doing fabulous.
Lisa: She is a cutie patootie! We love when she comes in. She is a sweetheart. Let’s talk about your issues. What brought you in?
Ann: I think, as a mom, you tend to push your issues behind and say nothing is wrong. I had spent probably the last 5 years in a complete anxiety ridden state over my child, who was suffering. So a lot of time when that happens, things happen to your body that you don’t even realize you are doing from stress, from worry and that constant taking care of someone. So, for me, it was Let’s just see what I look like. What have I been doing to my body? And it was exactly what I suspected. I had issues in my back because of stress, I couldn’t run anymore—and most of that was stress-related. So with the rehab therapy, some chiropractic therapy and supplements—I also have a low thyroid so my sleep was off—so all of that was discovered. You don’t realize it because you kind of put it on a backburner and you think you can deal with that, but then all of a sudden when you start to feel good it’s like this whole new world opens up. I finally had energy again to deal with the issues that happen with two teenagers in the household and a 10-year old that suffers from behavioral issues. I had that energy to put into it, which ultimately lead to me going back to school and continuing my teaching degree.
Lisa: That’s great. What a story. If someone is out there listening and can connect with part of your story and your family’s story, what would you say to them?
Ann: I think the first thing I would say is don’t let yourself get to the point where you are breaking or your family is breaking down and your family is hurting, even if it is just from one member in your family. Seek treatment, seek help. It really is out there and it’s in non-traditional medicine. A lot of times I felt like I was always looking for the pill to fix it, and a pill doesn’t fix it. It treats the symptom, but it really never tells us the why behind. There are so many chemicals going on in our brain and just the fascination of our neuropathways and what we do to that just from circumstances that we go through. We need to be aware of our entire body and our whole body and stop treating just the symptoms because it is not beneficial to us as a whole person. I would say don’t get to that point where you say I’m ready to try that last resort. It shouldn’t be your last resort, it should be your first resort to take care of yourself, your family and your body.
Lisa: Thank you, Ann. That’s going to be encouraging for a lot of people. Thank you for your story.