Diane Capaldi goes by the moniker PaleoBOSS Lady because she IS a boss. And a lady. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at 24, her health declined rapidly for 23 more years, with the multiple sclerosis symptoms becoming more and more debilitating — and the treatment more and more expensive. Then, a life-changing trip inspired her to take things into her own hands, and she began to pursue diet and lifestyle changes that turned out to be the best multiple sclerosis treatment she could have asked for. Ultimately, she was able to heal herself — no more drugs, no more doctors — and is to this day the most healed MS patient on record.
It all started when, seemingly overnight, Capaldi lost feeling on the left side of her body. She lost control of her lips and eyes, and her vision was a little off. All of these things were multiple sclerosis symptoms, but she had no reason to know that at the time. Doctors told her she had an inoperable brain tumor that she’d just have to hang on and deal with. Luckily, she was encouraged by others to get more opinions, and one doctor, without even administering tests, looked at her and knew she didn’t have a brain tumor. After she underwent an MRI and a spinal tap, he diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the nervous system that affects the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and the body.
Capaldi decided to forgo the Valium that doctors offered her as multiple sclerosis treatment — her mom had been addicted to prescription drugs —and instead focused on doing everything her doctors and physical therapists told her. She was part of an early test group for disease-modifying drugs, which caused her problems that required more medication to treat.