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Why I Love Being 40

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Why I Love Being 40

Next to marrying my husband, turning 40 was the best thing I ever did.  Unlike many women I know, I am not shy to share that eight months ago I arrived at what I consider a huge milestone in my life.

Maybe I cherish this age because I wasn’t always sure I would get this far in life.  You see by the time I was 16 I was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and informed I could not live without medication, which I proceeded to eliminate from my life by the time I was 22, just after narrowly escaping death in a serious car accident.  I didn’t escape injury (I suffered a head injury, spinal cord injury, partial paralysis that was less than a millimeter of nerve damage away from being paraplegia and more).  But I lived.  That seemed to be a shock to everyone who witnessed the accident and the paramedics that attended to me as well.  It was a shock to me too.  But this is not the story of illness and injury.

Mine is a story of triumph.  While I’d love to say it is a story of grace under pressure, it was more like triumph with a whole lot of kicking and screaming madness along the way.  What I wanted more than anything else was to be normal:  not bedridden when I was 19 and not suffering endless and excruciating pain at 21.  Those things that most people wanted out of—school and work—I desperately sought.

I realized that if I wanted normalcy in the form of an education or job I would have to find abnormal routes to it.  I found no relief from either pain or illness through the Western medical route so I sought health through the traditional medicines of indigenous people, through Eastern methods, and discovering a closer connection with the land and Nature.  I loved these approaches and, more than that, I loved the results.  Somewhere along the search for self-healing I discovered a passion for natural medicine.

I wish I could tell you that I cured the genetic disease and never suffer a single pain in my body, but that isn’t the case.  What I can tell you is that countless medical doctors told me I shouldn’t be alive.  I can tell you that I have recovered almost all of the function that was previously lost to partial paralysis.  I can also share that I have only a fraction of the pain I once had thanks to natural medicine.

I can also tell you that I love being 40.  I laughingly tell people that I love how much better it feels to have health that IMPROVES with age, instead of the other way around.  But the health improvements I have are not the only reason I love midlife.  I love having so much more confidence than I did when I was in my twenties and even thirties.  I feel stronger, wiser, and more confident of who I am.  I love not caring so much whether people like me.  I love not having the worst problem in my life being whether my body measures up to some ridiculous number, measurement or standard.


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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:41PM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Very positive

2:56AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thanks for posting.

10:15AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Thank you !

2:34PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I enjoyed reading this inspirational article and also the comments!

7:36PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Being 40+ its ok no big deal about that. And if ur lucky u ll turn 50 and if u have more luck ull turn 70. That is life nobody comes to this world to "grow young" except for Benjamin Button lol

4:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Such an inspiring story! I can relate to this in so many ways. I just turned 40 as well, and like Michelle, I almost didn't make it. I've worked hard to make each day better than the day before, and can enjoy 40 with the knowledge that I'm the healthiest and happiest I've ever been. Congratulations on your success, Michelle! Happy Birthday!

7:15PM PST on Jan 24, 2013


6:28AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

what about 40+?

5:00AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Embrace your age and try to be your best every day and be grateful for life and the lessons it has to offer!!! No excuses - just live!!!

2:13AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

I loved being 40 and I loved being 30 but 40 was even better. as every decade presents to you, you just grow, change and evolve.

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