Lately, I have been faced with a lot of health issues. I’ve been a vegan for about 12 years. Almost two years ago I was on a cleanse and I got pregnant after 8 1/2 years. I had a healthy pregnancy that was only marred by the presence of a painful fatty lipoma. I planned to have the baby naturally, but he was very healthy and overdue. So I had a caesarean section during which they perforated my bowels. I spent 3 weeks in ICU 5 of which were spent in a medically induced coma. The effects of this extended hospital visit was a huge cut, a c-section, multiple IV’s and such. I came out and rediscovered raw food, which I would go on and feel better. For a few months after I came out of the hospital, the pain associated with the lipoma disappeared (before I got pregnant it was usually just there, with no pain) but the it came back. Over the years after having my daughter of 12 years and my son who turned one in March, I have gotten overweight. I went back on a standard vegan diet and then recently decided to shape up. I discovered raw green smoothies which is no $40 green powder, tastes good, and is healthy. These smoothies contain any kind of greens and lots of fruit of any kind to cover up the taste. One thing I always hated about the regular green powders of the day is their taste. So disgusting!! I also went on different exercise regimens, trying to lose weight, get fit. My son is very active, very intelligent, very, curious and therefore gets himself into heaps of trouble. I usually end up exercising late a night when he has gone to sleep. IF he has gone to sleep. So therefore, I wanted to change my lifestyle and take him for walks in his stroller to get my exercise and our fresh air/sunshine. So I decided to rekindle that old flame about raw food. I am now getting ready to put some recipes together and put them in my dehydrator. I have gotten on Facebook and started looking for resources to help me along my journey. I was surprised at how MUCH there is!! So many people who are raw and have been raw for many years, have noticeable difference in mental and physical health. I want to become one of these people. I hope to learn more and more and by doing so share with you. Now, I would like to share something that happened to me after I came out of the hospital. I wanted to breastfeed therefore giving my baby the best milk there is. Of course, with the many drugs in me and being very weak, I did not breastfeed. When I came out my system was tainted and by all means need cleaning out. By the time I felt it was safe to breastfeed again he was three months old. While in the hospital they would pump me over a certain interval of time, but we could not keep up that schedule when I got home, having to take care of me, my daughter, and my son. After my husband took two months vacation, he had to go back to work. People came and took care of me.