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Heartland woman goes from using a walker to climbing steps

Potts can now jog and even climb steps. It’s a story of hope and healing that Potts calls a miracle. Potts can now jog and even climb steps. It’s a story of hope and healing that Potts calls a miracle.
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Less than seven months ago, Bonnie Potts couldn't get around her house without a walker. She says the last 15 years have been a struggle.

"In 1998 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis," Potts said.

Over the years she has had several illness which led to weight gain and, in January, the development of a painful nerve disease.

"You can't even take one step because the burning and the stinging, just like you've stepped on a swarm of bees," Potts said.

It was so painful, that it was almost paralyzing.

"This is my walker, it was my best bud and I couldn't go anywhere without it. I literally had to lean on it to take steps because my legs hurt so bad," Potts said.

Potts can now jog and even climb steps. It's a story of hope and healing that Potts calls a miracle. She says the recipe to her success is a big helping of motivation and foods that help her heal.

"This is organic lettuce," Potts said.

Potts eats organic, non-GMO, gluten-free foods. She says that is what's led her to recovery. It's a story she wants to share to help other heal as well. That's why she's turning her journey into a book.

"The purpose of the book is to let people know you can't rely on someone else to make you healthy," Potts said.

It's a journey that Potts is certain can take her anywhere.

"Now I can do anything," Potts said. "I can play with my grandson at the park, I can go up the stairs and see my daughter's apartment and spend time with her. It's like life anew."

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