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Episode 39: "I Wouldn't Trade It For Anything" Says Jean Abbott After a Wrongful Diagnosis of Over Thirty Years Left Her Confined to a Wheelchair Your Biggest Breakthrough

    • Self-Improvement

Have you ever been told one thing, but it turned out that the truth was completely different? Can you imagine being told that you have a debilitating disease that you never had?
Today, we speak with Jean Abbott, a resilient woman with a mind-blowing story. Jean was misdiagnosed as a young child with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy
After 33 years of countless doctors visits, medical procedures, unnecessary medications she was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD) and given a new chance of life.
In this discussion, you'll hear...
-Why Jean says she would go through it all over again...04:30
Always wanted to show people that they could stay positive despite their physical limitations
Over 25 people got a correct diagnosis from hearing Jeans story
-Jean's faith journey...06:40
Jean accepted her debilitating condition and continued to trust God
"When I think about the positives in my life, that's when I realize how blessed I really am"
-The effects of Jeans diagnosis on her family and growing up...08:20
Decided from a young age that she could still do everything all the other kids could do, but maybe just a little differently
She had 2 older brothers and nobody ever babied her
-How to shift limiting beliefs...10:15
Change prayer focus and how you're going about being close to God
Devotionals
Daily readings from Crushing by T.D. Jakes
-Jeans initial symptoms and diagnosis story...11:30
Diagnosed around age 4 with cerebral palsy
Limited mobility with legs and arms
Sleep was a huge factor in symptoms
Symptoms worse as she was getting older, which is abnormal for Spastic Displesia
After having children, her symptoms were getting worse because sleep was declining
Had to use mobility scooter
No spasticity, no rigidity, lost all mobility that she had, couldn't even sit up in a chair
Depression and anxiety set in
Daughters were putting her to bed every night
Started going to counseling with depression and anxiety
Went back to another doctor and was told that something seemed strange and recommended a Neurologist
Went to see new Neurologist and when she talked about the effect of her sleep. The doctor immediately said she thought she had DRD. Prescribed some medication
Jean almost refused medication because she was in such disbelief
Jean had new medicine and glass of wine at dinner that night and was able to walk alongside her husband to the car
3 days later, on Easter Sunday (at 33 years old) she was standing in a parking lot without holding on to anyone (first time in a decade), that's when I realized my life had changed
Connection to God in that moment that she had never experienced before
Amazing calmness came over her
Everything was scary but she wasn't going to let fear affect her
New doctor: Dr. Martha Nance
-Jean's best advice for those struggling with debilitating diseases...20:50
Trust that God has a plan for each and every one of us
If we hold on to the bitterness and hatred, we will be imprisoning ourselves
Try to reach acceptance for what we cannot change
Take things day by day or even hour by hour
-How the family responded to Jean's new diagnosis...22:05
-The importance of accepting support during hardship...23:50
"If you let me help you, you're actually giving me a gift"
-Advise on asking for support...26:00
Be as open as you possibly can to let them in
If you say 'no,' you're pushing them away
Jean's https://www.jeanabbott.com/ (website)
-How to develop an attitude of gratitude...27:15
Start your day on a positive note (prayer, gratitude, intention setting)
Being very specific with daily intentions
When negative thoughts sink in, ask yourself how you can find the positive in that negative thought
-How to accept that pain might be purposeful...29:25
Sometimes it takes more work than normal to stay positive
Know when to turn to God more
About the guest:
Jean Abbott was misdiagnosed as a young child with Spastic Diplegia, a form of...

Have you ever been told one thing, but it turned out that the truth was completely different? Can you imagine being told that you have a debilitating disease that you never had?
Today, we speak with Jean Abbott, a resilient woman with a mind-blowing story. Jean was misdiagnosed as a young child with Spastic Diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy
After 33 years of countless doctors visits, medical procedures, unnecessary medications she was correctly diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD) and given a new chance of life.
In this discussion, you'll hear...
-Why Jean says she would go through it all over again...04:30
Always wanted to show people that they could stay positive despite their physical limitations
Over 25 people got a correct diagnosis from hearing Jeans story
-Jean's faith journey...06:40
Jean accepted her debilitating condition and continued to trust God
"When I think about the positives in my life, that's when I realize how blessed I really am"
-The effects of Jeans diagnosis on her family and growing up...08:20
Decided from a young age that she could still do everything all the other kids could do, but maybe just a little differently
She had 2 older brothers and nobody ever babied her
-How to shift limiting beliefs...10:15
Change prayer focus and how you're going about being close to God
Devotionals
Daily readings from Crushing by T.D. Jakes
-Jeans initial symptoms and diagnosis story...11:30
Diagnosed around age 4 with cerebral palsy
Limited mobility with legs and arms
Sleep was a huge factor in symptoms
Symptoms worse as she was getting older, which is abnormal for Spastic Displesia
After having children, her symptoms were getting worse because sleep was declining
Had to use mobility scooter
No spasticity, no rigidity, lost all mobility that she had, couldn't even sit up in a chair
Depression and anxiety set in
Daughters were putting her to bed every night
Started going to counseling with depression and anxiety
Went back to another doctor and was told that something seemed strange and recommended a Neurologist
Went to see new Neurologist and when she talked about the effect of her sleep. The doctor immediately said she thought she had DRD. Prescribed some medication
Jean almost refused medication because she was in such disbelief
Jean had new medicine and glass of wine at dinner that night and was able to walk alongside her husband to the car
3 days later, on Easter Sunday (at 33 years old) she was standing in a parking lot without holding on to anyone (first time in a decade), that's when I realized my life had changed
Connection to God in that moment that she had never experienced before
Amazing calmness came over her
Everything was scary but she wasn't going to let fear affect her
New doctor: Dr. Martha Nance
-Jean's best advice for those struggling with debilitating diseases...20:50
Trust that God has a plan for each and every one of us
If we hold on to the bitterness and hatred, we will be imprisoning ourselves
Try to reach acceptance for what we cannot change
Take things day by day or even hour by hour
-How the family responded to Jean's new diagnosis...22:05
-The importance of accepting support during hardship...23:50
"If you let me help you, you're actually giving me a gift"
-Advise on asking for support...26:00
Be as open as you possibly can to let them in
If you say 'no,' you're pushing them away
Jean's https://www.jeanabbott.com/ (website)
-How to develop an attitude of gratitude...27:15
Start your day on a positive note (prayer, gratitude, intention setting)
Being very specific with daily intentions
When negative thoughts sink in, ask yourself how you can find the positive in that negative thought
-How to accept that pain might be purposeful...29:25
Sometimes it takes more work than normal to stay positive
Know when to turn to God more
About the guest:
Jean Abbott was misdiagnosed as a young child with Spastic Diplegia, a form of...

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