Overcoming Fibromyalgia; 70-Year-Old Runs in Pear Blossom 5K

A local 70-year-old woman is running this weekend’s Pear Blossom Run 5K.

Melonie Jorgensen says she’s never felt better.

“There was a time when I couldn’t do it (run),” Jorgensen said. “I was never so enamored with running, that I want to be a runner, it’s just that I can do this, I can do it.”

In her early 40’s, Melonie began to experience tingling in her hands which ultimately led to pain up-and-down her entire body.

She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder, which forced her into retirement after a career in teaching.

Melonie began chiropractic care, which would act as temporary relief.

However, nearly 15 years after her initial symptoms took place, she implemented changes with her diet.

“I remember I was so skeptical because I thought, does Fibromyalgia, which I lived with for the last 15 years going on 20 years and now he’s (her son) telling me it’s because of food I eat,” Jorgensen said.

Melonie’s son, Dr. Thaddeus Gala, had just finished schooling to becoming a chiropractor. He changed Melonie’s diet to cut out grains, dairy, sugar, legumes and specific oils.

After years of eating a stricter diet, Melonie’s pain went away.

“I do not feel the same I feel better,” Jorgensen said. “I know that’s hard to believe but I fell like I found the fountain of youth because I have more energy now at 70 than I did at 65.”

Melonie has been running for almost eight years. She’s conquered nearly 18 different races and has been training for the Pear Blossom Run that takes place in Downtown Medford on Saturday.

She hopes to complete Saturday’s race with a personal-best performance and hopes to inspire others to change the way they take care of their bodies.


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