Heather Garden (courtesy "The Healing of Heather Garden" film)
When Heather Garden was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 1991 things didn't look promising. "There were periods of times when I couldn't physically move myself. I had to have Terry (husband) move me, carry me" she explains in the film trailer.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body.
Garden decided to cure herself. "I felt worse with the treatments...So I said 'that's it' I'm not doing this anymore.'"
Among other things, Garden delved into iridology, detoxification, elimination of processed foods, sugar, dairy, wheat - all combined with an extremely positive attitude. She slowly began to get better.
Now, twelve years later, Garden leads a vibrant, active life.
She is the subject of a documentary called The Healing of Heather Garden.
Judith Morrow directed, edited and produced the documentary. Even though she had never made a film before she was intrigued enough to find a way. She says working with Heather was inspiring to her both personally and professionally. "I kept thinking if Heather could learn to do what she did, I could learn how to make a documentary."
Hear Heather Garden on Up to Speed with host Ismaila Alfa at 3:05 Tuesday September 14.
Catch clips and a discussion about The Healing of Heather Garden on Tuesday September 17 at 7:30 p.m., McNally Robinson Grant Park.
You can purchase the DVD through the Winnipeg Film Group or the film website.