I remember vividly a slow, meandering walk with my best friend in 2013. It was winter. The frozen air dry and crisp. The sky a flat grey. We were surrounded by Colorado’s never-ending beauty – every mountain, hill, spruce, and field covered in blankets of soft, white snow. The river’s babbling silenced. But I could barely enjoy it.
My head pain, triggered originally from a minor car accident in 2011, continued to spiral out of control. 9 out of 10. 8 out of 10. 10 out of 10. 7 out of 10 was a great day. Relief was fleeting. No therapies or meds helped. Rather, they put my emotions to the edge of despair. I spent most of my days locked in a dark, silent room – the sound of my humidifier too agitating. Doctor after doctor told me I would never work, ski, or run again. My passions and my identity torn away. My eternal optimism diminished.
I told my friend it took all my might to still believe everything happens for a reason. She stopped, turned to me, lovingly cupped my hands gently in hers, and said “there is NO conceivable reason that you have to be in such pain for so long.” I wept, but I would never give up.
Fast forward to 2017. Having rebuilt my consulting career, I happily boarded an airplane 50 weeks a year, skied 80 days, and ran a hundred miles in our amazing National Parks. I also started tinkering in the kitchen with a keto macro bar as I was struggling to get enough healthy fats on the road. It simply wasn’t convenient.
Fast forward to today, August 22, 2018, a year after I quit my consulting career to pursue KĒ fulltime. I thought I would have product to market by October 2017. I hit roadblock after roadblock. I wanted to quit a thousand times. But I didn’t.
The stories kept trickling in. Motivation for my new passion – through email, on the chairlift, via friends. Epilepsy. Diabetes. Morbid obesity. Lyme disease. I couldn’t give up.
Last night, the day of KĒ’s first FatFor bar sale, I bumped into a woman in my small town of Winter Park, Colorado. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. When I saw her last week, she was shattered with tears. Depressed. Hopeless. Now, she sparkled. Her cancer, through working with a homeopathic doctor in Boulder, is in remission from Stage 2 to Stage 1. Her doctor wants her to enter ketosis.
She gave me a huge hug and told me how fortunate she feels that she knows a keto expert – that she told her best friend how amazing it is that that everything happens for a reason. She danced off to enjoy a cheeseburger – the first in two months -- without a bun and with a side salad loaded with olive oil and salt. She beamed with gratitude.
I still have head pain 24/7, but it is manageable. No one should have to go through the suffering I did, but I once again believe everything happens for a reason.
It is my goal, through KĒ, that we inspire – to empower and impact the health of millions. Whether you believe that everything happens for a reason or not, I ask that you never give up. Be curious. Be empowered. Be inspired… and inspire others with your own story of success.
Welcome to your KĒ life.
Founder & Fat Fuel Explorer, KĒ Fuels