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Kevin's Story - The Journey Continues
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Kevin\'s Story  -  the Journey Continues

It was a springtime day in 1993 when the major life-shift happened. And to think I thought I was on Candid Camera. I heard the voice. It was a loud, booming voice. The words were clear....Go Back To School. I was sitting in my back yard in the fabulous Florida Keys. My sons were in school. The voice was loud; forceful; convincing and compelling. Yet, I was in the backyard all by my self. Where was this voice coming from? I was looking in the trees. I was convinced that there were hidden cameras all around and I was about to be the next victim on America's Candid Camera. Once I realized there were no cameras, I had to try to make sense of what I was hearing.

Before I married, I had majored in education in college. I, however, had been very blessed as a mother. I did not have to work outside the home. My job was that of a homemaker and it's a job I was thrilled to have. I tried to rationalize the words I heard....'go back to school'. My children were in school. I was a full-time homemaker. I asked the 'air', 'am I supposed to get back to a classroom and teach?' The loud booming voice said NO.....I want you to become a chiropractor. 'What???' I asked.

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana; heart of Eli Lilly country. (For those outside the US, Eli Lilly is a large pharmaceutical firm.) I was raised with the mantra 'better living through chemistry' and 'a pill for every ill'.

I knew absolutely nothing about alternative health care. Not only that, the chiropractic profession was looked down on with such disdain by everybody I knew. Why, oh why, was I getting a message to become a chiropractor? I did not have any idea why I was given the message, but I knew it was bigger than me, so off I went to research what it took to become a chiropractor. In the fall of 1993, I went back to college to get my degree in Human Biology. (It was required in order to attend graduate school.)

Fast forward to 1995 when I entered chiropractic school. I won't lie. I spent many days in school wondering 'why' am I at this college. I sorta thought chiropractors took care of people with low back and neck pain. That was the extent of my knowledge. In the third semester of a 10 semester program, I had a pediatrics class. I was taking the classes outlined for me, but wasn't emotionally attached to them. Just took them because I had to scratch them off my list before I could move on.

As I sat in my first pediatric class, I kept asking myself, 'why would a chiropractor need to take a pediatric class? Chiropractors adjust low back and neck pain. What does that have to do with kids?' Dr Suzanne Seekins quickly answered that question....but not in a way I expected.

I remember so vividly the class she taught about 'vaccine injured' children. She described the crying sounds of children with encephalopathy. She described my Kevin to a tee. It took me right back to where I was in August 1986.

As I shared with you in my first story about Kevin, I was told that he would not develop beyond a 6-yr old mental capacity. I didn't question it. I didn't push it. I just accepted it. That's what the professionals said, so it must be true.

Dr. Seekins had another opinion. She explained to the classroom that the brain was plastic and could change. Kevin didn't have to stay stuck in his shell. I sat in that class room and cried like a baby. Everything became clear. I now knew why I heard 'The Voice' that told me to go to school. I knew why I was called to be a chiropractor. It was to help Kevin live a fuller life. I found a chiropractor in our area who specialized in 'cranial' work and set out to help Kevin live a new, improved life. It didn't happen over night. Not only that, it was a long road. Kevin worked with his chiropractor 2 times per week for 9 months. (And I had to pay for every wasn't comped to me because I was a chiropractic student) I didn't notice any changes for a long, long time. Then the day happened...Kevin woke up and I could see light in his eyes. I could see a spark. He came back. Now, it's not like he came back perfectly, but there was a spark. With a spark can come a flame.

He's now nearly 26 years old and living a healthy, vibrant life. On paper, his mental capacity is that of a 15 year old...good and bad with that. He can care for himself. That is awesome. However, his decision-making skills are definitely that of a teen-ager....not necessarily well thought out. Having said that, I'll take the impulsive actions of a teen-ager all day every's a far cry from the initial diagnosis of being perpetually stuck in a 6-year old brain.

On this journey, Kevin and I have met many families that weren't so lucky. Many families where the vaccine-injured children died. And many more, where the children were left alive, but perpetually stuck as a 2-3 year-old.

While Kevin's vaccine-injury is a tragedy, I am so grateful. I would have never learned to think outside the box. I would have never learned about all the phenomenal healing arts out there. There are so many health-care practitioners out there making real differences in the lives of millions of people. And they are really keeping the Hippocratic Oath, which states....First Do No Harm.

Street Talk

Thank you very much for sharing. Whenever I read this and your previous article I can't help but get tears in my eyes, he has come a long way. I must say, you're such a great mother, you have done so much for Kevin.

  about 1 decade ago

Thank you so much for your articles Dr Becky, makes me want to start my naturopathy studies sooner x

  about 1 decade ago

Touching Doc.

  about 1 decade ago

What an amazing story, Dr. Becky. Bravo to you and Kevin - I am happy to hear of his progress! What an amazing mother you are.

  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Dr Becky, that's an inspiring story. I'm so happy for you and your son. God sure works in mysterious ways. I would like to learn more about how this happened to Kevin in the first place. You say it happened from a vaccine? Have to look up your first article. I am a big convert to alternative and holistic healing practices. The alternatives have saved me and my family more than once. First do no harm has been forgotten by too many traditional doctors. You must be a wonderful chiropractor. Look forward to reading more from you.

  about 1 decade ago

What a wonderful completion to the first article I just felt there was more to come. I love the sharing of life's experiences and the joy of a successful outcome. I feel your joy as I did Heather's when I read her squidoo lens. Thanks for sharing the story and I am so glad to be in the same group of followers with you.

  about 1 decade ago

I'm glad you told the rest of the story and hope folks understand there is always hope and alternatives in all situations...Thaks

  about 1 decade ago

What an amazing story! How confirming is the message to follow intuition (or whatever it is) even when you don't know where the journey will lead. Most amazing learning comes from not understanding what the outcome will be. I guess it has to be like this. If we knew the answers why would we ask the questions? So happy for you and Kevin. I can relate to the joy each milestone must have brought you. My sons journey is on squidoo (my username there is canoz) under the title The Smart Dyslexic. We've had a different experience and similar joys.

  about 1 decade ago
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