Q: How old were you when you were diagnosed?
A: I was 19, but I experienced my first symptoms around age 6 or 7.
Q: What was your initial diagnosis?
A: Bipolar disorder.
Q: But I thought you suffered from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?
A: I did. I didnít receive the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder (combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) because I didnít report the voices I was hearing. I thought they were real. Had I reported the voices, I would have received a proper diagnosis.
Q: How did you make the connection that your hormones were making you sick?
A: I had always suspected my hormones were off-balance as early as middle school. I had all the signs: migraines, fatigue, water retention and depression. But every time I went to the doctor, I was told my hormones were fine. They werenít.
Q: How did you find Dr. Leeís work?
A: I discovered Dr. Leeís work when my life hit bottom. I had just gotten fired from my job because of the symptoms of my illness. I was uninsured and broke. I knew that if I was going to have a chance at living a halfway decent and normal life, then I was going to have to address what was causing my illness. I knew that I couldnít go on living the way that I was. Thatís when I decided to look into hormones again. I had nothing to lose.
Every time I did a search on hormone balance, Dr. Leeís name came up. I went to my local bookstore and bought his book Hormone Balance Made Simple. I followed Dr. Leeís instructions and balanced my hormones. I became healthy and I havenít looked back.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: My suffering. And the knowledge that others were suffering too. Not because they wanted to be, but because they didnít have the information they needed to get well. I wrote this book to let people with hormonal imbalances know that they donít have to live with these imbalances anymore. There are ways to correct hormonal imbalances, and Iíve outlined them in my book.
Q: What do you have to say to your critics?
A: That Iím not a doctor and nor do I claim to be. I havenít come up with a new branch of medicine. What Iíve done is to highlight how the work being done by doctors in other fields is relevant to mental health and to state that someone should be looking into it.