Marco's testimony (see video at the bottom)
I had always been tall for my age and a strong, physical type. It did not surprise anyone when I decided in my teens to become a builder. However, when I was about 18, I began to get vague complaints that didn’t seem to relate to each other. I started to get blurred vision, but the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with my eyes. I also became super sensitive to light. At the same time, I noticed that I had begun to feel the cold more, especially in my hands and feet. I also began to put on weight and it happened quite quickly even though I hadn’t changed my eating habits at all. Then the doctors discovered something in my blood that indicated a serious problem with my liver function - even though I didn’t drink much alcohol. For someone who had always been really healthy, this was very hard to take.
Daniëlle - severe joint problems and immobility (see also video below)
Sometime during my adolescence, I had occasional problems with stiff, swollen and painful joints. The smaller joints were just as likely to play up as the larger ones. I didn’t pay too much attention to this as the symptoms were sporadic. I used various natural remedies and followed a restricted diet which seemed to keep the problem at bay right up until I was 50. At that stage, the stiffness and swelling were so prominently present in my life that I consulted a rheumatologist.