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Real Life Experiences

October 8, 2014


Peggy’s Story


By Mike Dennis


Everybody deals with emotional pain and suffering on some level. For some, it may be work or relationship stress and anxiety, but for other people like Peggy Proudfoot, it’s much more complicated. She has been grappling with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the past 32 years.


In 1982 at the age of 24, Peggy thought she had the world by the tail. She was an elite figure skater competing around the world, an education student at the University of Calgary and a newlywed, but that same year, her life changed forever.


“I started losing sight in my right eye,” said Proudfoot. “I went to the eye doctor and he told me these were symptoms of MS. I didn’t know much about the disease at this time, but I knew it was serious. MRI’s didn’t exist back then so doctors couldn’t confirm it was MS. This left me in a frightening place because my body was changing, but I didn’t know exactly what was causing it.”


The ups and downs of MS took Peggy on an emotional roller coaster ride. She kept skating and going to school in an attempt to keep her mind off her health, but that was only a temporary solution. The internal pain and suffering this was creating began to takes its toll on Peggy. Though she tried to remain positive, she struggled to accept the realities of the disease, which eventually caused her to give up figure skating, retire from teaching, and become unable to drive.


“It was a really hard time in my life,” said Proudfoot. “It felt like my freedom was being taken away. After teaching for five years, I decided to be a stay at home mom. I couldn’t go back to teaching because I couldn’t control my bladder. My loss of sight caused me to crash my car into a pizza place so I had to give up driving.”


Peggy’s mom recognized her daughter’s psychological struggles, and in 1984 suggested Peggy visit a local Psychiatrist that was recommended to her. This was the beginning of her relationship with Dr. Badri Rickhi.


“Dr. Rickhi worked with me on a regular basis providing ideas and strategies for how to perceive MS,” said Proudfoot. “We looked at MS as a figure skating competition and I had to fight and train harder than ever before in order to win. That’s exactly what I did and it has helped me understand myself and accept my disease.”


“We’ve commonly been taught that emotional pain and suffering is a destructive process, when if fact, it is a purification of one’s self,” said Dr. Rickhi who is also the Research Chair and Founder of the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM). “When we recognize the purpose behind our emotional pain, we can change our perception of how it affects us and use it to our advantage. Peggy is living proof that this works.”


In 1992, Peggy had an MRI and it confirmed that she did in fact have MS. After working with Dr. Rickhi for the previous 8 years, she was equipped to handle the news.


“I live with MS and I accept that. I realize I haven’t won the battle (with MS), but I am more in harmony with understanding it,” explained Proudfoot. “I’m going to make the best of my life and not let my disease drag me down.”


“There is a spiritual reason for life challenges, and when we understand what that reason is, we become more understanding of our spiritual path,” added Dr. Rickhi, who was recently honoured with the 2014 Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Imagination Award. “Working with Peggy, she has reframed her perception of pain and suffering. Her illness actually guided her to access the divinity within herself. She has more peace and comfort today. Transformation does not happen overnight, but as each of us progresses, we notice our pain and suffering becomes less intense and shorter in duration.”


“Dr. Rickhi put things in perspective for me and it has made a significant impact in my healing,” said Proudfoot. “I wish that everyone who is dealing with hardship or disease could work with Dr. Rickhi to transform their pain into a positive light.”


Now people can! After decades of scientific and spiritual research, Dr. Rickhi is ready to unveil to the masses the tools and techniques needed to help transform pain and suffering into strength and enlightenment. Dr. Rickhi will be sharing his discoveries when he presents in Calgary at the EPCOR CENTRE’s Jack Singer Concert Hall on October 17.


32 years later, Peggy still visits Dr. Rickhi on a regular basis, and she will be sitting front and centre at the Jack Singer Concert Hall eager to absorb more wisdom and experience, and observe how other people transform their perspective on emotional pain and suffering.


“I can’t wait to hear what Dr. Rickhi has to say,” said Proudfoot.


For ticket information to the event, visit