Discover What I Hold True for My Clients
Get to know Coach Marty…
Hi there! I’m Marty Marsh, and back in 2005, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was devastated. I felt as though life as I had known it had come to an end. My first doctor was terrible. He was gruff and mean and made me feel small and ignorant if I dared to ask a question. And where I come from — in the Southern part of the United States — anyone who had “the sugar” — as it was called there — were looked down upon and shamed.
I was very ashamed — and scared. And with my horrible doctor, I felt I had no where to turn.
Then I got sent to a “Diabetic Education” program. The first day was all about all the terrible and dire things that could befall me. I left that first day crying my eyes out wondering why this terrible disease had happened to me. The next day was better where we learned all about “acceptable” food and portion sizes, and the next day was all about all the various drugs we could take. I bought into that program “hook line and sinker” and started on a regimen of a relatively high carbohydrate, low fat diet which surprised me, but hey, this was the American Diabetes Association after all, so I figured they had to know what they were talking about.
Like a good little patient I willingly followed that eating plan and loaded up on the drugs. While my “numbers” were fairly good, I was miserable. I felt terrible, and every day was a battle with food, my numbers and myself. And I stayed on that regimen for years!
Then years later, when my insurance changed, I had to find a new doctor. This doctor had a great bedside manner and is a great guy, but all he knew about treating diabetes was to throw drugs at it. And if those drugs didn’t do the job then he would either throw ever larger doses at me or try other kinds of drug combinations.
It wasn’t long before I really felt bad. I had aches and pains in places where I’d never had aches and pains and I got to the point where I could barely get out of bed let alone get up off the floor. I knew it had to be the drugs but my doctor (and pharmacist) argued that it couldn’t be, and said that even if the drugs were the cause of the problem, I’d just have to learn to live with those aches and pains. “Such is life with diabetes,” he said.
So I took myself off those drugs just to find out and sure enough, in just a few days I was feeling like my old self again. And I decided right then and there that I wanted off all diabetes medications.
I started reading everything I could get my hands on — books, articles, websites — looking for a more holistic approach to managing my diabetes. At the time all I wanted to do was manage my diabetes, but I soon discovered that there is a whole plethora of research that’s been done saying that you don’t just have to manage your diabetes but you could actually reverse it. And I got very excited.
So I tried all kinds of things trying to manage my diabetes without the drugs but could never seem to stick with anything I tried. Then one day I saw an ad in our local newspaper from a doctor who said he could help me reverse my diabetes. I immediately signed up for his program that revolved around what is known as Functional Medicine and in roughly 10 weeks I was losing weight, feeling like a million bucks AND I got off all of my diabetes medications. Months later I’ve stuck with this program where I had failed on my own so many times before.
What made the difference? Well it was the science for sure and the steps of the program that I followed to a “T,” but most importantly, it was the support I received. The doctor and his entire staff took such good care of me, encouraging me all the way, celebrating my successes and lifting me back up if I fell off the wagon, which is why I succeeded with this but had not succeeded with anything else. I got support to succeed!
And today, I feel so good all of the time that I want everyone I know to feel as good as I do! I want everyone I know to have optimum health so they can enjoy living again. And not just about being diabetic, but for any health challenge. I know for a fact that to enjoy better health, you don’t have to be dependent on drugs or radical therapies.
10 Things I Hold True for My Clients
- My clients believe that they can get healthy. They are capable, powerful, and deserving. They have everything they need to create the health, wellness, and lifestyle they desire.
- My clients want someone to guide them — step-by-step — to their best health.
- My clients are proactive and want to do the work necessary to achieve vibrant health.
- My clients create the time and space necessary to make their health a priority.
- My clients love a challenge and eagerly rise to it.
- My clients want to love themselves. (They just may not know how yet.)
- My clients deserve to have the health and body and life that they want.
- My clients are brave and courageous, yet want accountability to help keep them moving forward.
- My clients are beautiful or handsome.
- My clients make their health and wellness routines easy and fun and that work for their unique lifestyle.
And one more for good measure…
11. My clients also want the best for me and expect me to lead by example.