Posted on Mar 17th, 2016
Webster’s dictionary defines Déjà Vu as “a feeling of having already experienced the present situation,” and as I was partaking in my most familiar, daily routine of drinking coffee this Valentine’s Day, I kept getting the nagging feeling that I had been here before.
So, I told myself, “Of course you have, Krishelle… only every single day for more than a decade!”
Then as I sat down to join my parents for breakfast and for a second cup of coffee, my intuition reminded me that it had been one year that my little brother, Donovan, had mailed me a Valentine’s Day gift that would be the most lucrative gift I’ve ever been given.
Normally, I would expect a card or a box of chocolates, but to my surprise, it was a box of instant coffee sachets. The coffee snob inside of me chuckled with disbelief and skepticism at the thought of Donovan sending me coffee I couldn’t brew, however I had heard him carry on and on about how much he loved the new coffee he was drinking that had helped him cut his coffee intake in half and that he was also using to replace his pre-workout supplement.
So, I convinced myself that “coffee was coffee” and decided to give it a try. To my surprise, again, I really enjoyed the robust flavor and I, too, was able to cut down my usual 2 pots of java I needed to survive my 3 jobs and a chronic health disorder to 1-3 cups a day. Whoever said “Redbull gives you wings” had obviously never tried Burn+Control Coffee.
It was about 1 month and 8 lbs. down the road that I discovered a miracle with the help of my amazingly loving, caring, and observant mother, Delilah. Since I was younger, she got in the habit of keeping count of how much medication I would go through and that would give her a good idea of how frequently I had my “attacks” and in what order she would be scheduling my next doctor’s appointments.
When I was 15 years young, I suffered a life-changing trauma to my right temple and the occiput region of my skull from a fall that left me with a severe concussion, excruciatingly unbearable pain, the inability to perform my normal routines, and doctors fearing the loss of my vision.
For the next year or so I had been to countless healthcare providers from neurologists, optometrists, atlas orthogonal chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, psychologists, to pain management specialists, and had underwent so many MRI and CT scans I feared I would eventually cling to the fridge.
After some time, I was diagnosed with both Occipital Neuralgia and Chronic Migraines. My medications were many and consisted of: muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, anti-convulsants, steroids, narcotics, injections, and sleep aids.
To say I was on an alarming road to a drug addiction at a young age is realistic and worried my parents greatly, but when most of the medications didn’t help and doctors started recommending “mildly-invasive” procedures such as surgical neurolysis, microvascular decompression, occipital cyroneurolysis, nerve stimulation, and even a implantation of a pacemaker-like device to prevent targeted pain signals from reaching my brain, I wanted to tap out.
Suddenly, suffering with my persistent and extensively debilitating, horrific, and painful list of migraine and chronic pain symptoms seemed more tolerable than undergoing procedures that carried serious risks of permanent damage, complications, and hospitalization.
I began thinking… my mother suffers from a similar neurological disorder that doctors describe as “the worst pain known to man”, so I knew if she could survive that with a smile on her face, I could survive this too.
We were “pain pals”, as we liked to call it, and a great comfort for each other as very few could understand our invisible illnesses. Thankfully, my father, Mark, and little brother were our backbone and were there for us through all the tears and the countless days debilitated in agony.
Over the years, I began to study my migraines and learn my triggers so that I could try to prevent and/or control the regularity of them naturally. However, I had to continue the use of one medication, and it was only effective if I had a full-blown migraine, which was now only about 5-10 times a month. I would have to shoot it up my nose so that it could come into contact with my brain, which then caused me to pass out for hours at a time until I woke up in a complete disoriented brain fog, having to be reminded of where I was and to patiently await clarity.
However scary this was, the important thing was that I woke up and was migraine-less. Regular electrocardiograms were required to monitor my heart health while using this unpleasant and humiliating medication. It was this prescription that had been left untouched after over three weeks of refilling it that lead my mother to ask me, with much concern and confusion, why I hadn’t taken my meds.
To my amazement, I had been feeling so great that I almost didn’t pick up the fact that I wasn’t suffering anymore. It took this epic realization for me to believe that coffee… instant herbal coffee… had taken my migraines away after 13 long years.
Understandably so, I often felt rather ambiguous about admitting that I was feeling great and living again from simply drinking coffee, especially after years of my family and I merely surviving, doctors becoming our second family, taking medications too numerous to count, suffering in a body that didn’t feel like my own, and feeling “good” was a 5 on the pain scale.
It wasn’t until December of 2015 and after 10 months had passed with not a single migraine that I was able to fully accept and justify the fact that I was now living without the ailment that took away so much of my precious time, health, and youth.
I remember my moment of clarity so vividly as I read a message I received from my friend, Mr. Kimon Lee, saying “You did this… you helped change this young lady’s life!” and attached was a Javita International testimony from Ms. Katie Pogue… a precious 19 year old girl from Minnesota that I spoke with on the phone just one month before in November.
I was able to share with her my story and how after 13 years of suffering from chronic pain and migraines since I was 15, just like her, I was given a renewed hope and a chance to take back my life one cup at a time. Reading her recovery testimony was like reading my own in so many ways, and I felt so proud of her for making the decision to put her trust and last ounce of hope in Javita and in my testament.
Déjà Vu…? That makes two! This has been such a humbling experience for me to help someone just like myself, and to me, it was more rewarding. I look forward to feeling and sharing this pain-free, prosperous joy over and over again.
In addition to Occipital Neuralgia and Chronic Migraines, I was also diagnosed at 20 years old with PCOS, Endometriosis, and pre-diabetes causing me to gain nearly 130 lbs. in less than 2 years from 5 additional medications.
Having suffered from multiple illnesses in my 28 years and having witnessed the detrimental effects of medication, both personally and professionally as a specialized Nurse Technician, I find myself extremely grateful for my journey and for my education as they encourage me to keep doing what I love, and that is caring for and helping others.
Since drinking Burn+Control, I am off of every single one of my medications as of last September, my sugars are stable, my migraines are gone, and I feel like Krishelle again. Additionally, as of January 4th, I started following the Coffee Diet System and have lost 28 lbs. and 4 dress sizes. Amazing!!!
Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday and I can see, with much clarity and excitement, a beautiful life ahead of me. I thank God every day to be given my health back, for my renewed confidence, and for a chance to live a rewarding life.
This coffee has blessed and continues to bless so many, including my family, my friends (old and new), and myself by sharing a beautiful opportunity to create health, happiness, and abundance in our lives, as well as to help bless others in achieving the same. I am honored to be a part of such an extraordinary company and family. From my heart to yours- Thank you!” ~Krishelle Anthony