When I deployed to Iraq in 2003, we were warned about these new things called IEDs. We were told to, “Just stay away from dead animals and piles of rocks along the side of the road.” One morning, we left to set a blocking position around 0300hrs. Just before we reached our objective, my driver said, “Hey, Sergeant, I have 5 piles of rocks along the right side of the road.” We moved the vehicle to the left when everything exploded.

Each pile of rocks had two 155 artillery rounds in them. The enemy had used blow torches to remove strips of asphalt and place two sets of double-stacked antitank mines, which we hit first. When my vehicle stopped, we were hit with an RPG.

 

A huge fire-fight broke out, and we waited for the area to be cleared for a few hours. I was unable to seek medical treatment for five days after the incident.

 

In August 2018, I started having severe pain go down my right side all-the-way from the base of my skull to the tips of my toes. I rushed to the hospital, where doctors conducted an MRI. I was asked about what had happened in 2003, and told the MRI technician about the Iraq incident. It wasn’t until that conversation 15 years later I was told that I had broken my neck in Iraq.

 

In addition to my neck injury, I have over 70 tears in my right labrum, a spinal cord injury, coped with paraplegic migraines, anxiety, depression, PTSD, TBI, contracted Degenerative Disc Disease, a cracked lower spine, a pituitary tumor, and the right tendon in my knee still needs to be replaced.

 

In December 2018, I had three vertebrae replaced in my neck. It was supposed to fix the pain and numbness on my left side.

 

It didn’t. Everything progressively got worse—the pain, numbness, everything. I was told by two different neurosurgeons that I was going to be paralyzed from the waist down. I was using a wheelchair because I couldn’t be up and mobile for more than five minutes at a time. I had the feeling my life was over.

 

What are you supposed to do when you think your life is over before you even turn 40?

 

I drank a lot and started feeling incredibly low. Veterans Affairs took all of my pain medicine away and said, “Since it is not working, you might as well not have it.” I asked about being put back on sleeping meds, but they denied me and said due to the pain I was experiencing, the pills wouldn’t be effective. I was at rock bottom—I had never felt so low in my life.

 

One day, still feeling at my lowest, I drove my daughter to the school bus and decided to get a cup of coffee. That day I ran into Todd Goodlett, who asked if he could have just ten minutes of my time. I agreed, and he began to tell me about Moringa oleifera and that he sells it through a company called Zija. He told me about all the natural anti-inflammatory proprieties. He asked if I would give it a shot.

 

I took it the next day, and I was able to be more active than I had been in months. I was up and moving—better than I had in the past few years. The second day I woke up with the energy I had in the Army. After taking Moringa oleifera, I have started kayaking again. I am walking every day. My wife complains that I am walking too fast, just like when we were dating. I sometimes choose to just stand instead of sit because just being able to stand rocks!

 

After a few days of taking SuperMix, I stopped for one day to see if it was all in my head. I was as uncomfortable as I was before I started taking it. I believe in it so much I signed on with Zija. I am now using SuperMix and their Entune CBD Squares. My discomfort after using the products for a little over a month is almost gone.

 

Todd Goodlett saved my life that day. Everyone who regularly sees me can’t believe the change I have gone through. I feel great, like I did when I was in my twenties. I am not claiming I am pain-free, but I do have my quality of life back. On May 31st, I started the Weight Management Bundle. My starting weight was 255lbs, and as of July 18th, I am at 215lbs. Thank you for letting me share my story.”