By Ayana Turner+iPUSH Lead Journalist
PUSH: Let me say this before we begin how amazing I think you are. I have followed your story for quite some time on social media, and you are by far one of the most inspirational Queens I have had the pleasure to interview. Your journey is one that many probably wouldn’t have had the strength to endure, and if you would, please tell our readers your story.
Dorion: Thank you so much for that. My name is Crystal Gayle Dorion and I truly believe that what I am going to share will help somebody. I remember the day I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating PolyNeuropathy (CID). I know it seems like a lot, and trust me, that’s the day my world changed. My diagnosis came after several doctor appointments because they had no idea what was wrong with me. I was supposed to be on a waiting list for eight months because there were only two specialists in the state, but I told them I didn’t have eight months. I was having symptoms that I couldn’t understand, and I had no idea I would literally be in for the fight of my life. Before I became ill, I was in the National Guard, I was very active, I was a soccer mom, I ate healthy, and I exercised daily all while being a licensed cosmetologist. I was doing what I wanted to do while pouring into other women about holistic health, taking care of their bodies and hair, and not stressing about anything. One day, my feet were hurting extremely bad, and I got home, and took my shoes off, and it continued for days getting worse with tingling and numbness. Me being who I am, I don’t like doctors because I believe in finding a holistic solution and being healthy from the inside out, top to bottom. I thought maybe I was doing too much, and it progressed so much to one day when I opened my eyes I couldn’t move my body to get out of bed. I knew then that something was seriously wrong, and it scared me because I had no idea what I was up against.