“The devil wants to keep us cripples—but we must not let him win!”
by Rachel Perry

I don’t know if I can, but I must! thought Maryfrances Brown upon arriving at Hartland’s Lifestyle Education Center (LEC) in July of this year. A single mother of three grown sons, she was determined to regain control of her health.

“I suffered from congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, obesity, prediabetes, and depression,” she shares. These conditions were compounded by her sedentary office job, which left her with little time or motivation for exercise. At Hartland, she hoped to gain physical strength and reverse these conditions.

As Maryfrances went through the 17- day lifestyle program, she found that the positive, peaceful atmosphere was just what she needed. “Each day was filled with encouragement, positive reinforcement, and genuine concern for my physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The entire staff shared their enthusiasm and love for each of us and our Lord. No matter how busy they were, they always wore a real smile. Their ‘realness’, encouragement, and prayer motivated me to keep going.”

By the end of the program, Maryfrances glowed with new hope and confidence. “I feel that with God’s continued help and guidance, I will succeed! I am no longer taking my blood pressure or pain meds, blood thinner, or fluid pill. My goals have not all been reached, but I know they will.”

But the good news doesn’t end there! Maryfrances has continued on the total plant-based meal plan and walking each day. When we called her in October, she announced, “I have lost a total of 117 pounds since March, and 58 pounds since Hartland. I thank God for saving my life and sending me to Hartland.”

Angela Pulley, director of the LEC, believes Maryfrances’s upbeat outlook has been key to her success. “She was positive with all the hard things she had to do, and I believe that determination was the best part of the healing process.”

Maryfrances has a special message for those who may be facing similar health challenges. She says, “Call Hartland and go! We can and must, with God’s help, take control of our lives. The devil wants to keep us cripples—but we must not let him win. I encourage you to attend Hartland’s Lifestyle Education Center!”