It was January 2017. Out of the blue I felt severe pain in my bladder. I thought it was a bladder infection or UTI and went to the doctor. It turned out that my urine was "clean" (no bacteria). Later on, I developed more symptoms like a burning pain in my rectum and vagina. The doctor referred me to the urologist. In February 2017, the urologist did a cystoscopy. The diagnosis was interstitial cystitis (IC). My bladder was (literally) a ‘big red ball’ on the urologist's screen. He said that interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a chronic illness and that you cannot cure it.
Because I suffered from such a tremendous a pain and had to urinate every 10 minutes I could not live a normal life anymore. I could not leave my home, not go to work, shopping, etc. ... In that period, I searched on the internet for more information about interstitial cystitis (IC). Eventually, I ended up with Melissa (her website www.sustainfresh.com and her Facebook community). To be honest, I just found it too good to be true (the displayed info on her site). But during the free intake she promised me she could help me...
I really wanted to get rid of the pain. I wanted my life back... I had been sitting home for weeks with such terrible pain in my urethra and bladder... actually my entire lower body was on fire. And the frequency...there were days when I just sat on the toilet instead of on the couch.
Melissa set up a personal health plan for me. This plan was very extensive. I really had to get used to everything she advised me. But I knew why I did it and it worked! On a scale of 1-10 Melissa scores a 10 out of 10 with regard to flexibility, empathy, coaching qualities, knowledge & expertise and price / quality ratio of the services.
In the meanwhile, I had also joined one of Melissa’s and Moon’s IC patient meetings. The information I received there was very useful. I strictly followed her plan and her advice. The main thing is that you have to eat everything organically and unprocessed. And also put a lot of variation in your diet and use targeted dietary supplements. Already after a few days I noticed improvement! Now, a few weeks later, I have definitely achieved my goals. I do not suffer from any symptom anymore!!! The urologist was amazed about my recovery.
Melissa's approach is very effective and she is very nice ... even more than that. She was and is extremely involved and compassionate with me and other IC patients... I would definitely recommend her to others. She knows so much about nutrition, medication and dietary supplements! In my darkest period, she really dragged me out of the deep, black hole I was in. She was always there for me. If she had not been there, then I would not be where I am now: healthy and 100% pain and symptom free! That is something I can say from the deepest of my heart!Annelies van der Eijken
Last year I was seeking for dietary advice, because I started working out in the gym. I was aware of the fact that nutrition and mindset plays and indispensible role in getting fit and strong and obtain the optimal results. Melissa’s knowledge and approach made me stronger. Not only physically, also mentally. My awareness about healthy eating and living has increased tremendously. The results were beyond my expectations.Daniel VermeulenLogistic Department / Back Office
I have been trying to loose weight for ages, but always without any success. But then I started my coaching sessions with Melissa. Wow! This was new for me. I learned that I had a sugar addiction and that I used food in order to feed my hurt soul instead for feeding my body. I quit eating sugar and artificial ingredients, learned how to cope with my grief and started living a healthy life. Melissa motivated me in a way, which I will never forget. She is a fantastic coach and I can recommend her to everyone who needs help in implementing a healthy mental and physical lifestyle.Dina van de Veen
Melissa and I were in college together and I worked a lot with her. She is a very enthusiastic woman with a great eye for details. She always takes initiative first and is very creative and always willing to help you out. Her drive to success is tremendous and she is very intelligent. That makes Melissa a great person to work with.Eleonora Kanizsai-NagySecretaresse
I consulted Melissa because of my chronic bladder condition (IC / bladder pain syndrome). I wanted to get rid of my bladder pain, frequency, urgency, vaginal discomforts, fatigue and insomnia (poor sleep) and wanted to understand what caused these symptoms. Melissa created a personal health plan for me, which consisted of a lot of detailed and useful information. All the mentioned tips and advices were very clear and all the information I got was really personalized so that it 100% fit my needs and preferences. Everything she advised me was very easy to realize. It just made sense! I also received advice with regards to dietary supplements and I was very happy about that as it is very difficult to find trustworthy and effective advice about dietary supplements and Ic / bladder pain syndrome.
From 1 (bad) to 10 (excellent) I would rate Melissa’s skill as follow. Flexibility and empathy: 10. Knowledge and skills: 9. Coaching qualities and prices of her services: 8.
After 5 weeks my bladder felt already more relaxed, I had less bladder discomforts and I sleep better. Also the pressure on my bladder had decreased significantly.
Melissa also revealed the link between my allergies and IC / BPS, which was very interesting to learn for me. I am really enthusiastic about Melissa’s approach and from the first beginning I immediately felt a connection with her and got exited about the way she works. She has a lot of patience and passion for her work. Her empathy gives you faith and the strength to go on. She enables patients to step out of their comfort zone and motivates them to step up and ‘fight’ for themselves instead of being a helpless IC sufferer. Her support and personality can help you on your way to a new life and to believe and trust in you body’s self-healing ability.Karin Slegtenhorst-VisDiving instructor
Laurens van LuinDuurzame Catering | Mobiel Restaurant
I was suffering from bladder pain, high urgency, high frequency, pelvic pain, vaginal discomforts, insomnia and fatigue. I asked for Melissa’s help because I wanted to understand the causes of these symptoms and wanted to cure them naturally without any medication. Melissa created a personal health plan for me, which was very well personalized and exactly fit to my needs and preferences. Therefore the dietary and lifestyle advice were not very difficult to implement in my life. I also was very happy that she also advised me about ‘IC proof’ supplements. There were really ‘IC proof’ and did their job, without any side effects or whatsoever.
On a scale from 1-10 Melissa deserves a 10 for her flexibility and empathy. I would rate her knowledge and skills with a 9 and her pricing and coaching qualities an 8.
After 5 weeks treatment my condition significantly approved; a lot of my symptoms are gone. I have more energy, I sleep better, and my bladder pain and vaginal discomforts decreased A LOT! Also the urgency and frequency are not so high anymore.
I found it very interesting that Melissa found a connecting with mi IC related symptoms and my allergy. I like Melissa’s approach and she has a lot of patience and empathy. Her relaxed and friendly approach made me feel human again instead of a patient. I would definitely recommend her to other people with IC / bladder pain syndrome (BPS). She knows a lot about these conditions in relation to food and lifestyle. She also knows how to motivate you to step out of your comfort zone. Patient empowerment is really one of her qualities. I would say: go for it and take your life in your own hands (again!).Lisan BremmersYoga teacher, Hoo Yoga
I asked Melissa to help me, because I suffer from interstitial cystitis (IC) (also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS)). I was also depressed because of the IC related discomfort and pain and hoped that she could help me out.
My personal goals were: less pain and less IC related symptoms. I also wanted to become mentally stronger. Melissa suggested starting with a Personal Health Plan, which consists of a personalized nutritional and lifestyle advice. I found this very interesting, because my doctors (including my urologist) had never talked about nutrition with me.
Melissa’s flexibility, empathy, coaching skills, knowledge and expertise and quality / price ratio of her work are excellent. She is a real A+ professional who exactly knows what she’s doing. By now, a few months after starting working with Melissa, my symptoms have already decreased significantly. I have learned how I can reduce my physical and mental symptoms and am grateful for this. Melissa is doing a great job and I would definitely recommend her to others. She is a very kind woman with a lot of knowledge.Margriet van RooverLicensed real estate agent
I asked Melissa’s help because of my Hunner and my IC / bladder pain syndrome related symptoms. I had been suffering from IC / bladder pain syndrome since 2003 and in January 2017, after 7 laser sessions, my urologist advised me to remove my bladder. According to him there wouldn’t be anything that could help me out. I also used cortisone / steroids for over 10 years and it was told that without this medication the condition would get even worse! Next to my bladder condition I also suffered from stomach disorders like heartburn. For those symptoms I also took loads of medication.
But then I found Melissa (via Facebook) and suddenly I had faith again. First I visited one of her “IC patient meetings” and later on I started consulting her via Skype and e-mail. I told her that I wanted to get rid of all the medication and that I was hoping that I could work on my stomach disorders and IC related symptoms. My personal goals were: no heartburn anymore, no bladder pain, lower urgency, lower frequency, more energy, better stool and weight loss.
Melissa’s personal health plan was e real eye-opener for me. I learned about the pathology behind my symptoms, learned what food is good and bad for me and found out why you should or should not eat and do things. The recipes in the personal health plan were very tasty and with the variation tips I am able to prepare a lot of different and nice meals, which are not only suitable for me, but also for my family. It does not feel like a diet, but as a healthy lifestyle, which can be achieved by everyone who is motivated and open-minded.
After 4 weeks I am completely off medication, lost some weight (8 kg!!), sleep better and feel that my bladder is less irritated. I have more energy and feel more at ease. Also my stool improved and my heartburn is completely gone. I would definitely recommend Melissa to other patients.Mrs. T.FEMALE, 70 YEARS OLD
I consulted Melissa because I wanted to get rid of my Interstitial cystitis / bladder pain syndrome related symptoms, migraine and fatigue. My personal goals were to have less pain, to be less tired (have more energy) and to strengthen my immune system. The personal health plan that Melissa set up for me contained a lot of information. It was very extensive, but everything was explained very well. I have read the plan with lots of enthusiasm and with great interest. For flexibility and empathy, Melissa scores a 10 (out of 10). I think her coaching skills are worth an 8 (out of 10) and her knowledge and expertise and price / quality ratio of her services are worth a 9 (out of 10).
My symptoms have decreased drastically. I no longer take medication, I have much less pain, more energy, a better mood and no more migraine attacks. The pain is sometimes still present, but from a pain level 7 or 8 (out of 10) my pain level is now only a 3 or 4 (out of 10). There are also days when there is NO PAIN AT ALL!!! I have certainly managed to achieve my goals. I am very satisfied with Melissa's approach and I would definitely recommend Melissa to others because I find her very professional and helpful as she always has shown a lot of empathy and kindness.Nathaly van der Geld
My bladder was painful and I suffered from a lot of pain and discomfort. I wanted to get rid of my bladder pain and also wanted to tackle my fatigue. I wanted to feel fit and healthy again and also loose some weight.
The personal health plan, which I received from Melissa, was very detailed and extremely comprehensive. Personal lifestyle advice, dietary advice, advice about supplements, etc; everything you can think of was addressed in a logical and understandable way. The personal health plan had become a ‘real life style bible’ and I often look up information and recipes if I am out of inspiration or forgot something about the reason why I should / should not eat some specific food items.
Changing your dietary pattern is not easy, but absolutely doable. Only on social occasions it is (sometimes) a bit challenging to implement all guidelines.
From 1 (bad) to 10 (excellent) I would rate Melissa’s skill as follow. Flexibility and empathy: 9. Knowledge, pricing and coaching qualities: 8.
My condition absolutely improved! After 4 weeks I already experienced less bladder pain, less urgency and I also lost some weight. I don’t have and point of improvement for Melissa’s approach as I think that she’s doing very well.Pauline de RuiterFEMALE, 49 YEARS OLD, receptionist
I have been suffering from asthma for decades and my grandson advised me to contact a nutritionist in order to find out whether adjustments in my eating habits could help to relief my symptoms. After a thorough intake Melissa created a detailed and personal food plan, including an advice for some supplements. Her personal and very professional approach made our plan a real success: my symptoms appear less often and I experience them as less intense.Ria van EeGrandma, Astma patient
I consulted Melissa because in August 2016 I had been diagnosed with IC (Interstitial Cystitis). My personal goals included: reduce symptoms of IC, mainly frequency and urgency.
Melissa sent me a personal health plan. I found this plan very detailed and understandable. If I would have to rate Melissa’s qualities and services on a scale from 1 – 10, Melissa would receive following ratings from me. Flexibility: 8 Empathy: 9 Coaching skills: 9 Knowledge and professionalism: 10 Pricing: 8
My condition significantly improved after Melissa’s treatment: after six months, symptoms are much reduced. I reached all my goals after following Melissa’s advice.
I would definitely recommend Melissa to others, because Melissa is very knowledgeable and passionate in helping me.Wish to remain anonymous …Male, 51 years old
I consulted Melissa, because I wanted to get rid of my Interstitial Cystitis (IC), allergies and fatigue. I also wanted to loose some weight (3 kg). I also wanted to reduce (bladder) pain, flares, and work on my sugar addiction.
Melissa’s personal health plan and coaching sessions provided me with everything I needed: knowledge, awareness and perseverance. Melissa’s empathy and enthusiasm helped me to stay focused and motivated. I would rare her work with a 9 out of 10.
After 6 weeks my flares were gone and I am convinced that my new dietary pattern is the reason why I do not suffer from them anymore. I feel better, have more energy and feel more like a normal and healthy person. I would definitely recommend Melissa to other patients and would like to emphasize that her approach really works as long as you are willing to commit 100% to your new lifestyle.Wish to remain anonymous …FEMALE, 59 YEARS OLD