Bedridden to BAM: Guest Blog
By: V Capaldi & Dillon Druz I am a huge believer that life takes us where we are supposed to be. I know intentions can guide this journey & really work hard to live my life by this personal mantra.
The last 18 months I have grown to socialize very little. Having a digital media brand built around dedicating & sharing your life makes for a very public life. In addition being healthy is my full time job & a hard job. I treasure my alone & dog time often looking forward to when I can be private.
To assure I do not stop going out, networking or engaging weekly I developed the ritual of heading to The Bulletproof Cafe in Santa Monica.
I cannot express the amaze balls folks I meet there every time. The community it draws are my kind of people. It has become a little family that I appreciate very much.
As luck would have it this gal had the chance to speak to a young man I noticed was a regular just like me. His energy contagious. We got chatting one day & without hesitation I begged him to share his story with you all.
With great pride, respect and mad love I introduce a true inspiration, gentleman, miracle & my friend: Dillon Druz.
A special shout out to Dave Asprey for building a cafe that inspires community, conversation & education with some of the best damn food I have ever had. It supports the miracle that lives in all of us.
Hello. My name is Dillon Druz. I live consciously because if I want to thrive in life, I have to.
In 2007, I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. This condition is a rare neurological brain disorder that affects everything from sight to balance. I received brain surgery after the diagnosis and was bedridden for months.
Chiari Malformation turned my life upside down. I went from being a top sponsored athlete to an Oxycontin addict. I was lost, sick, and waiting to die.
I had daily migraines, chronic fatigue, and extremely low libido. I was suffering and drowning through life. These days I am healthy and sober. I work full time. I can do almost everything I could do before my surgery.
Doctors told me I would be handicapped for life, but that has not been my experience.
All of my hard ships have led me to self-discovery and an inner healing journey. Every trail & tribulation I have gone through has taught me many meaningful life lessons.
I would not trade my current life for anything nor wish it happened any other way! Living conscious has led me to deep acceptance.
I firmly believe that if you show up for yourself boldly, then life will take care of itself. I have every reason to sit in self-pity, but I just can't allow that in my conscious. I am someone who doesn't handicap myself based on western beliefs.
I dance on my bike in the morning while biking Venice Beach. I grooved to Kanye West's "30 Hours" from his new album The Life of Pablo this morning.
I absolutely love spin classes, surfing, and hiking. I crave the outdoors and any situations that connect me to my true self. Lately, though, I have been exercising much less. Focusing on long fasts, diet, and cyrotherapy to mimic a similar beneficial stress response.
My favorite word is keto. I know, I know. It's super cheesy, but ketosis has given me my life back.
I am listening to Kanye West. I truly admire his artistic and creative abilities. His persona also cracks me up. Being authentic and true to you is a major key in life. Regardless of how that looks to the individual.
I get mindful on the regular! I start the day by reading spiritual texts and conscious deep breathing. Then I meditate for at least 5 minutes with at least 1 longer meditation during the week.
One small step that has produced profound effects in my life was reducing carbohydrates from my diet and going ketogenic. A low carb diet has tremendously improved my life. It almost feels like my brain fires better now than it did pre surgery.
The return in investment this action has given me is nothing short of miraculous. I have a new found zest for life and insurmountable hope for the future.
A mini hack I used to help me transition into this lifestyle was the use of exogenous ketones (I prefer KETO OS) as a brain fuel while taking a special form of magnesium (MagTech from Natural Stacks). These supplements made my transition effortless and sustainable.
I am extremely grateful for the time we are living in. The amount of information available to the general public is unbelievable. We live in a time where we can learn and heal our selves by applying information from other people’s experiences. I always recommend seeing a doctor first though so you know where to start!
Dillon Druz is the 2007 United States Bodyboarding Association National Champion. He was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder in 2008 and used functional medicine to bring himself back from a debilitating brain surgery. These days he does social media marketing and promotes health & wellness through his personal social platforms.