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Passionate For Optimal Health | Leslie Thompson

Getting Back On Track

Leslie is smiling for the camera and posing outside near a tree with a clear container of Plexus in her left hand. She is looking summer cool and stylish in a green tank top and white pants.
Leslie Thompson

Editor’s Note: Going through a major life altering event like losing eyesight can take a serious toll on a person’s emotions, psyche, and overall health. The fear of thinking your life going forward will be forever changed can be overwhelming to the point of making you feel paralyzed. Leslie Thompson knows this fear firsthand and found a way to get her life back on track, following is her story.

Hi, Guys! I am a 35-year-old mom of three girls ages 5, 7, and 9. I was a special education teacher for 10 years before my vision was interfering with the success of doing my job and raising my children. I was struggling emotionally for several years as it was, let alone when I didn’t have my job title anymore.  

I knew I should be happy being with my family and girls, but the thought of it, just wasn’t enough to prevent the tears and nervousness I was feeling about each day. I was at a point of going back to my doctor to have her put me on medication to help me deal with these issues, though I didn’t want the side effects.

I had just heard about Plexus products a couple of months prior and was a total skeptic of these products helping me. However, I thought it would be worthwhile if it could help me not be on medication. These products are made with natural, plant-based ingredients.

I had nothing to lose, but so much to gain! I am so incredibly happy to say that I have been on Plexus products for a year and a half and never had to fill a script from my doctor. I actually just had my yearly checkup and we discussed these changes!

My husband noticed the change in me. He was no longer worried about leaving me at home when he went to work. Feelings of sadness are not only felt by the person having the issues but felt by the others in the household.  

It has been such a blessing to get my body balanced and improving my gut health. Without knowing it, many health issues are tied to our gut health, even from the things we ate and medications we took in our younger years.

I have no more chronic feelings of sadness or nervousness, more energy, no more diet coke addiction, less coffee, better sleep, no more sugar addiction, and probably more I haven’t pinpointed. I know that taking these health products are helping me live a better future as well.

When I know other family members have health issues, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, autoimmune diseases, I want to do my best to prevent it, as well! I would gladly answer any questions you may have if you don’t already know someone who shares Plexus. It has become my passion to help others achieve optimal health!

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Vanity & Vision Loss

A Precautionary Tale On Fashion Contacts

“Eyes are captivatingly beautiful. Not because of the color but because of the words they hold within them.” ~Unknown

A single eye with a blue, red and green color wheel covering the iris.Eyesight, so many of us take it for granted and without a second thought, in an attempt to change our appearance we’ll do things that are detrimental to our vision. Such is the case of a young woman who recently filed a lawsuit due to legal blindness from the use of cosmetic contact lenses she purchased at a flea market.

Colored contacts for cosmetic use are packaged under different names (decorative, Halloween, doll-eyed, theatrical, etc.) but they all change the appearance of the iris. Here in the U.S., all contacts (corrective or non-corrective) are considered medical devices and a prescription is required for their use.

The risks associated with cosmetic contact lenses are the same as prescription contacts. Some of these risks include corneal scratches, conjunctivitis, infection, decreased vision, and as in the case of the young woman in the article, blindness.

The link to the article is at the end of this post however, I want to share a few tips to keep in mind when using contact lenses.

  • Always get a prescription for cosmetic contacts
  • Wash your hands before handling lenses
  • Never share contacts with another person
  • Only use contact lens solution for cleaning and storing lenses
  • Follow the doctor’s instructions

Article: Lubbock Woman Files Lawsuit After Blindness Caused By Flea Market Contact Lenses

Have a great Monday!!

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A Lil’ Inspiration #22

Giving In Is Not Giving Up

“2009 marked my last unsuccessful vitrectomy. “I’m sorry there’s no more we can do for you” the doctor’s voice was like a distant echo and just like that I was declared legally blind.”

Professional business headshot photo of me In June of this year, it will be eight years since I was declared legally blind. If someone would have told me prior to my eye issues that I would survive without seeing I would have told them “no way!” I am so thankful reality is so much better than the fears I drummed up prior to my sight loss.

I can’t lie, going from darn near perfect correctable vision to no longer being able to see the eye chart was scary. So many questions like how am I going to work, how will I be able to remain independent, how can I do the things I used to do, how will I enjoy life? For many long days and nights, I was paralyzed with the fear of facing the unknown and I never felt so alone. Then something amazing happened…

I gave in. I didn’t give up. Once I faced my fear it opened the door to new and exciting opportunities. I learned how to use assistive devices to maintain my independence, keep my job, and navigate the world on my own. I got heavily involved with several blindness organizations working for justice while simultaneously breaking down stereotypes and most importantly, I now have the most amazing people in my life I would not have met if I did not experience sight loss.

Blindness is not the worse thing that can happen to a person. Never underestimate your resilience through any challenge. You are far more capable of not only continuing onward but thriving as you move forward.

Happy Friday & Have a great weekend!!

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3 Steps In Choosing To Rise

“Shame was the reason I decided to describe myself as ‘blind’ versus ‘visually impaired’ because it was important for me to accept the word ‘blind’. Once I did this I was able to get a grip on my fear and move forward.”

Image description is in the body of the post.I’m not sure why I felt shame when I lost my eyesight but I think it was closely tied to my personal biases and lack of understanding where blindness was concerned. In walking through the process of sight loss and facing my shame/fear head-on I was able to move forward.

Do you Face Everything And Run? Or Face Everything And Rise? Fear can motivate or repress and your response is a matter of choice.

Choosing To Rise:

  • The first step is doing an honest self-assessment. Like following a map, unless you know yourself, you will get lost.
  • The next step is to set short and long-term goals. Goals should always be written, periodically reviewed, revised and once they are met, new ones should be set.
  • The third and final step is to stay the course. When you get derailed, get back on track and keep pursuing your dreams. Do not let anyone, tell you that you cannot succeed.

When it gets down to it the choice is up to you. You decide how to navigate your path to success.

Image: Abigail (Abby) is in the background of the text with her white cane and handbag.

Happy Monday Everyone!