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The Cultured Cook recipe book by international bestselling author Michelle Schoffro CookToday is National Day of Writing. Because #WhyIWrite is trending on Twitter I thought I'd share my story. One day a man who was like a second father to me was rushed to the hospital for an emergency bypass. No one told me about his health ordeal but I awoke from a terrifying nightmare in which he grabbed his heart, fell onto the floor dying, reaching out his hand to me. When I called his home asking if he was okay, the woman who answered the phone barked at me "who told you?" I said no one. I had dreamt it.

Ron was in the hospital six hours away so I immediately got in my car and started driving, even though I knew he would be recovering (I hoped) from surgery and unable to see anyone. Tears pouring from my eyes, devastated that I might lose this man who was so dear to me and between an endless outpouring of tears, I wrote how much I cared for him and how he had helped me more than he ever knew. Once completed I left the letter with the nurse who gave it to him. In critical condition, the hospital staff informed me that they weren't sure he was going to make it and that they weren't allowing any visitors for a few days.

A few days later I went back to the hospital. Ron's health was still quite fragile but he had instructed the nursing staff to bring me into his room when I arrived. Ron proceeded to tell me that for the last few days he couldn't even remember who he was, felt absolutely horrendous, and wasn't sure he was going to make it. He read my message over and over again once he became conscious and told me that my words had saved his life because they had brought him hope.

From that day onward I knew exactly what I wished to spend my life doing: sharing the message of hope and healing. For me that meant sharing the message of hope and healing that natural medicine offers because it saved my life. Today, countless people I don't even know have written to me to tell me my books or articles changed their life and some even informed me that my writing had saved their life. I am still truly humbled and honored by these words that loved ones and strangers alike share with me and that's #whyIwrite.

I've just launched my twentieth book--THE CULTURED COOK: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. This full-color book is jam-packed with delicious recipes on how to make fermented foods, ranging from vegan cheeses and cheesecakes to kimchi and saurkraut. Be sure to check it out.

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM, RNCP is an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include:  Be Your Own Herbalist:  Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty & Cooking.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. All rights reserved.  No use of this article, in whole or in part, may be used without the prior written permission of the author.  This article is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.


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