Joe’s Journal: Day 51 – Another Bloody Me!

By: Joe Cross

My good feeling turned out to be a pretty accurate foretelling on how this conversation was about to go.

Now this conversation was done with great care as the guy turned out to be pretty enormous. Once he stood in front of me I instantly recognized the techniques of a fat man trying to disguise himself. He was wearing a huge black t-shirt that hung off him like a tent; to shield his chubby round face, he wore a cap that was pulled down low. He looked really unwell, and it was obvious that he was struggling with his health. He introduced himself as Phil Staples and proudly announced that he was from Iowa.

I explained to Phil what we were doing and why, and then showed him a couple of before and after pictures on my Iphone to drive the point home. Phil was impressed by the radical change I’d undergone. I told him a little bit more about my mission, my particular illness and the steroids I was on. But then he casually mentioned that he too had a chronic autoimmune condition that necessitated taking steroids. When I propped Phil further on this, I discovered that not only did he suffer from urticaria, but that we were both on Prednisone! That knocked my socks off. The type of urticaria I have is extremely rare and frankly the last place I’d expected to meet my Urticaria Twin was at a truck stop in Arizona on a cold, rainy day. It was a big moment for me. I’d never before met another person who had my disease. This Phil Staples from Iowa was another bloody me!

Have you been following my past journal entries? Make sure you catch up here.  I’m sharing these thoughts with you as part of the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead so I hope you are either able to relate or be inspired by my journal entries. Don’t miss out on the other pieces to this celebration:
Win a Breville Juicer
Be Someone’s Joe and nominate your loved one to attend Camp Reboot. 

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Joe Cross

More than 20 million people around the world watched Joe Cross juice his way across America, losing 100 pounds and getting off medication in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. The film ignited a juicing movement. Viewers around the world have been inspired to start juicing, lose weight and get healthy - and as a result of the film over 370 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed, 370,000 tons of fruit and vegetables consumed, more than 24.8 million pounds of weight lost, and over 220,000 people are now medication free. Joe's second film, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 was released in November 2014. Through his journey and the lives of the people he meets throughout the film Joe shares all that he's learned about how to stay healthy in an unhealthy world, revealing that most of us really do have more control over of our health than we think - and that none of us are perfect, especially Joe himself! His book, The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, hit the New York Times' best seller list in March 2014, and the companion guide The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook launched that summer.

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