The House of Wellness House Hero’s negative to positive

Choosing to focus on what she wanted, instead of what she didn’t, was the attitude that helped Amanda Campbell come out on top in her recovery from a debilitating MS attack.

In 2009, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) left Amanda Campbell with severe paralysis.

She lost her job, her partner and her independence.

“I would stare at the ceiling wondering what had just happened when moments ago I was living my life, building my business, out with friends,” she says. “I was in my 20s and in my prime.”

With the left side of her body almost completely paralysed and with little response to standard MS therapy, doctors told Amanda she may never walk again.

It was Amanda’s twin Nicole who refused to accept defeat for her beloved sister.

“One night Nicole threw me in my wheelchair and wheeled me down to the pub across the road,” she says. “We laughed and laughed and forgot about the 24/7 hell that was my reality at that time.”

It was that night that something very special happened to Amanda.

“I was clearly having fun with my friends, having dinner, feeling joy,” she recalls. “I came back to my room, my sister helped me into my pyjamas and then she went off to the bathroom. It was then that my toe moved for the first time. It was in that moment that I found hope.”

“So with a wonderful team of doctors, neuro-physiotherapists and the help of a kinesiologist, plus a lot of determination, I started to focus all of my energy on what I wanted instead of what I didn’t want. I walked and ran within six weeks.”

Now Amanda runs her own business helping others find their path to recovery.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Amanda says that “what you learn from those lessons teaches you the person that you need to be to then live the life that you dream of.”

A Chronic Entrepreneur

Amanda Campbell personifies the term ‘entrepreneur’. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 24, it wasn’t until she turned 29 and had an MS attack that left her paralysed, that she began to redefine who she was and live life on her own terms.

Since then she has launched a number of successful businesses, all with the mission of helping others live full and healthy lives. She is an avid learner, having completed a number of degrees and working as an accredited sports kinesiologist, and works as an ambassador for MS Limited.

She’s the founder of Nourissh – now Amanda Campbell Health – working with organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, and the founder of Bend Like Bamboo – one of Australia’s leading kinesiology practices. She shares her story and journey to where she is today with us below.

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Amanda enjoys her volunteer role as an Ambassador for MS Australia

Amanda had a fast paced, high profile professional career in the fashion industry, when this multi-talented young woman’s life changed tune.

During 2009 at the age of twenty nine it took just ten days for this dynamic young woman’s body to almost completely shut down.

Left-sided paralysis left this normally very focused and independent young woman, scared and without the ability to lift her left arm and leg.

Admission to hospital followed by two months of rehabilitation led Amanda to hit rock bottom and she asked herself if she would ever walk again.

What followed was a miraculous awakening, where Amanda found the strength to find her way back to wellness and to get her life back.




Why You Should Avoid All Nighters

Why You Should Avoid All Nighters

“You need to give your body the right environment to repair and thrive”
By Amanda Campbell

Sleep is critical in helping the body and mind repair.
You can add more stress on the body if you pull an all nighter, as the body responds in an alarmed state leading to inflammation and stress.
Try getting 7-9 hours per night in a dark room try reading the books you love before bed because this also saturates your mind with inspiration on the topics that are aligned with you that you want to attract into your life.

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Amanda & Henry (her pug) in the Age

Muzzle the bite of vet bills with pet insurance

Amanda Campbell loves her dogs, but one of them, Henry, is a six-year-old pug, a particularly expensive breed.

Vet visits include the once-a-year vaccinations and to have Henry’s nails clipped, but there have also been plenty of unscheduled visits.

Henry once ate chocolate, has had ear infections, and once tore a ligament in his knee.

Luckily, she has pet insurance for Henry.

The 36-year-old from Melbourne’s Richmond, runs a small business, Nourissh, with her partner, who brought his two dogs into the family when the couple got together three years’ ago.

Full Article here on The Age

Body & Soul interview

Diagnosed with MS at age 24, Amanda Campbell credits this unusual treatment for her recovery.

I’ve been aware of autoimmune disorders since my twin sister Nicole was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when we were 11. She eventually recovered and went into remission at age 19.

At around the same time, I started to experience pins and needles and numbness in the left hand side of face and my left hand. I thought nothing of it, but did go to the doctors eventually to have it checked out. They sent me for an MRI but I quickly got back to my busy life – I was in my twenties working in the fashion industry, with some amazing Australian and New Zealand designers.

The pins and needles and numbness would come and go. Then the weakness in my left arm started, eventually making small things like driving a manual car impossible.

My doctors sent me to see a neurologist who after more tests told me I had MS (multiple sclerosis) and three lesions on my brain. You see, the clue is in the name, you have to have more than one lesion (multiple) to be diagnosed.

In that moment, everything stopped. Life was never to be the same again. I didn’t understand much about MS other than it wasn’t good and was a chronic and debilitating disease. It was a lot to deal with at age 24. I was so scared of what could happen to me, so I threw myself into life, working harder, going out later, disconnecting more and more with my body.

Five years later, I had a massive attack that left me paralysed. I was 29. It was just after New Year’s and I’d been working non-stop setting up my first fashion start up as well as socialising.

I was with my best friend, when the numbness, pins and needles and weakness returned. It got so bad that I couldn’t lift my arms and the tiny muscles in my body started to twitch. Eventually I couldn’t move at all.

Paralysis is a funny thing, it sounds like you lose feeling, but it’s actually quite painful. I experienced a mix of complete numbness, and a deep hurt – it felt like my muscles were slowly dying. I later found out my new symptom, loss of mobility, meant a new lesion on my brain.

I went to hospital straight away and after three days of steroids, I still could not move. I was transferred to a new hospital which would become my home for two months.

I couldn’t wash or feed myself, which as someone under 30 was totally devastating. What kept me going was the support of my family – my twin sister would sleep next to me in my hospital bed most nights.

Being hospital-bound for eight weeks was the most amazing and difficult time of my life. I had no choice but to stop, which as a ‘busy girl’ was totally new. It was there I met the medical team I owe my life and body to, Dr Gavin Williams a neurological physiotherapist and Dr Michael Bay an Applied (chiropractic) kinesiologist. Every few days Dr Bay would tune me up., waking up my muscles connected to my brain and my nerve pathways.

I worked hard. I was doing my exercises three times a day and physio five days a week, I was desperate to walk again. One Tuesday night after a girl’s dinner where I sat in my wheelchair, I felt what I can describe as a jolt in my brain and my toe moved for the first time. It was then, I started to channel my energy on what I wanted instead of what I didn’t want – which was ending up disabled and missing out on life’s experiences like falling in love and having a family of my own.

Back at the hospital, I asked for extra exercises. I was first to get to physio and the last to leave and six week later it happened. I took those first few steps, which I’ll never forget. It was game on.

Walking was one thing but I also had to learn to smile again, because the left side of my face had dropped and even how to pick things up.

My mobility was back and I became an outpatient, but I still had to lie down half the day. I really felt like I’d lost my spark emotionally. I started researching and came across Dr Terry Wahls in a TedEx video. It was worth a shot. I started following her nutrition advice for autoimmune disease eliminating certain foods and eating more green leafy veg, deeply coloured antioxidant rich and nutrient dense food.

I upped my veggies and drank less coffee and enrolled in Sports Kinesiology as I truly believe that’s why I recovered so quickly. Through learning the therapy I started to focus on de-stressing my body from the inside out. I didn’t just repair but absolutely thrive. I felt myself again and even started to run every morning with pug Henry that I bought.

Today, I’m in remission. It’s been seven years of clear MRI scans and the lesions I have, had reduced dramatically. I haven’t had a new symptom since.

I have mostly good days but I am also only human. I get tired and busy, and sometimes don’t listen to my mind and body – the same as everyone else. Of course I have darker thoughts about my MS, but I meditate three times a day to help and book a monthly kinesiology session to identify any subconscious stress and feelings.

Having recovered I often get asked what the key to great health is – and my answer is always the same – it’s believing it can happen.

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‘I had no choice but to succeed’ – Daily Mail interview

‘I had no choice but to succeed’: How a woman left PARALYSED by multiple sclerosis aged 29 beat the odds to run again in just eight weeks

An Australian woman who was was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)  when she was 24 was told there was a 50 per cent chance she would walk again.

Amanda Campbell, 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body.

‘There was a period of time there where they thought I would never walk again but with an incredible team of doctors and physiotherapists and a kinesiologist I did walk and I ran again in about two months,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It was the hardest time of my life but was also the best time of my life, I started to channel all my energy on what I wanted in life.’

Amanda Campbell (pictured), 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body

Amanda Campbell (pictured), 37, had an MS attack when she was 29 which paralysed the left hand side of her body


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

It is characterised by sclerosis a Greek word meaning scars. These scars occur within the central nervous system and depending on where they develop, manifest into various symptoms.

MS affects over 23,000 in Australia. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40.

There is currently no known cure for MS however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.

 Source: MS Australia

When Ms Campbell was still not responding to the treatment she was receiving she was moved to rehab where she lived for two months.

She had recovery three times a day and at the beginning she had to work on trying to get her hands and face to move again before progressing to crawling and putting pegs in holes.

Ms Campbell went from being in a wheelchair to being in a foot brace to having her knee taped up before she was walking on her own.

‘It didn’t happen instantly, I just wanted to recover so worked my a*se off,’ she said.

‘It was definitely a rapid recovery considering how bad it was and how bad it could have been.’

The attack was a relapse and often when you have a new MS attack movement is hindered.

She had a lesion on the right hand side of the brain and the episode looked like a stroke.

She was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 and was told there was a 50% chance she would walk again

She was diagnosed with MS when she was 24 and was told there was a 50% chance she would walk again

‘It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said “it could come back but you’re not responding”.’

‘In rehab I hit rock bottom, I was so used to keeping busy but because I wasn’t able to keep busy, I had to keep still, I had to really think about what I wanted.’

Ms Campbell said before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down.

‘There were moments when I thought, “is this my life?”,’ she explained.

‘Luckily I’m driven, I think that’s what saved me. I learnt how to channel my energy better.

‘I healed through the help of a neurophysiologist and a kinesiologist and had a real interest in kinesiology so went and studied it and became a kinesiologist.’

'It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said "it could come back but you're not responding",' she said

‘It was a 50/50 chance I would be able to walk again, they said “it could come back but you’re not responding”,’ she said

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn’t pay attention.

‘I disconnected more and more from my body, I went out late with my friends and didn’t look after myself.

‘I ignored the warnings, I said to myself “I’m just a bit numb but it’ll go away”. That’s how I lived my life, I ignored how I really felt about things until I was forced to stop and I learnt how to quiet my mind.’

Ms Campbell explained that she believes she utilised all that western medicine has to offer her.

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn't pay attention

Ms Campbell said there were warning signs leading up to the attack but she didn’t pay attention

She said that before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down

She said that before the attack she was trying to launch her own business but everything shut down

‘I worked with a wonderful team of doctors, neuros and I had a wonderful team of physios in rehab,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I also utilised that with complimentary medicine, for me that worked really well but once I introduced my nutrition on top of that balanced approach that’s when my response became most profound.’

Although Ms Campbell left rehab after two months, when she got home she still had to lie down half the day and had multiple MS symptoms like bladder and bowel issues, balance issues and fatigue.

‘It isn’t that I just felt down, I didn’t heel like my old self so had more work that needed to be done.’

This was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know why sometimes you can eat right and exercise but still get sick, or do the opposite and manage to get better.

Her experince was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know how she managed to get better+8

Her experince was the catalyst that had her study rapid recovery as she wanted to know how she managed to get better

‘What happens when you’re really unwell and you’re not deemed to recover, which was my story, but you do. What happens there? What’s at play? I wanted to know how I walked again.

‘After everything I learnt it came down to three core things, the first being nourish your body on a cellular level.’

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself.

‘It was only when I really started to value myself that I was really able to design a life that inspired me and then when you do that you get to level three where you can live as a connected human being and you’re back in your body and in the moment.

‘When you live your life connected you’re moving into safe mode instead of slipping into survival mode.’

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself+8

Ms Campbell believes that when you eat better you feel better and in turn when you feel better you can make better choices and start to value yourself

She believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that.

‘Once I addressed my mind it, became more connected and with better nutrition alongside my doctors it changed my life.

‘It was difficult but when you do that you end up spending less energy feeling crap and feeling guilty about feeling crap and stop that vicious cycle of sabotage.’

Ms Campbell understands that it might be uncomfortable to address those thoughts but believes its an important step in moving forward.

‘You learn what you’re capable of, it’s inspiring. Step backs are designed in life… when I have a set back in life there’s a reason for that. if you think about life like that it’s easier to move on.

Ms Campbell (left) believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that+8

Ms Campbell (left) believes that it is important to look at your subconscious in recovery and negative chatter can effect that

‘The message is do what’s right for you, don’t be rigid as what might work for others might not be able to work for you and do assess your state of your mind.’

Ms Campbell now takes a balanced approach to her life using holistic medicine and food while also working with western medicine.

‘I had no choice but to succeed, it was a blessing to hit rock bottom.’

Ms Campbell is now a Sports Kinesiologist at her private practice Bend Like Bamboo and is proud to say that this is the seventh year of clear MRI with no disease progression.

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Amanda interviewed about Kinesiology by Nine Honey

Amanda was holidaying with friends when she thought she’d had a stroke

It started with pins and needles, as well as numbness.

Amanda Campbell was 24 and working her dream job in fashion in Melbourne when her life came crashing down.

It was 2004 and the young woman eventually had trouble balancing, felt weak on her left side and developed a noticeable limp.

What followed was pins and needles as well as numbness, balance issues and weakness on the left side of her body.

Amanda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

But it wouldn’t be until five years later that her health took a major turn for the worst.

“I lost the ability to walk from a big MS attack that paralysed the entire left hand side of my body,” she told 9Honey.

“It was just after New Years in 2009 and I was frantic.

“My face dropped, my arm twisted, my leg and food completely stopped working.”

She was in Portsea (Mornington Peninsula, Victoria) when the trouble began and by the time she made it back to Melbourne, Amanda says her sister had to physically drag her to her doctor’s appointment.

“They sent me off to hospital for steroids to reduce the inflammation and I had three days of steroids but I still couldn’t control my body,” she said.

“I’d had smaller relapses where I’d be numb and a week later it would just go away and I just thought this would be like that.

Then her doctor told her they couldn’t guarantee she’d ever get her mobility back because she wasn’t responding to treatment.

“You might never walk again, you might never wash or feed yourself again,” the doctor said.

She asked the doctor if she would ever be able to have a family and then burst out crying.

“I felt like my life was over, like I wasn’t going to be able to achieve my dreams or even just normal things like being able to put on a pair of heels and go out to dinner.”

“I lost my career and the use of my body.

“Simple little things like the ability to wash and feed myself became the most difficult task of the day.

“I lost my big fashion career and life as I knew it. I went from running around, enjoying my life, to standing still and paralysed.”

I was living life to its fullest, and suddenly found myself in turmoil and darkness. I went from feeling in complete control of my future, to feeling totally helpless.

Amanda was moved into rehabilitation at Epworth Richmond in Melbourne and says that’s when the real work began.

“I stayed for two months. I hit rock-bottom.

“One day I remember sitting in my wheelchair in my rehab session, working hard, trying to make my fingers open and close, with tears running down my face, because it was so hard! And so in that moment I just decided. I awakened.

“I was either going to give up now or I was going to tackle this head on!”

She says she became a woman on a mission.

“I was first in at Physiotherapy and the last to leave. I was a woman on a mission – three sessions a day five times a week.”

Not only did Amanda, now 37, walk again, she left rehabilitation with the ability to run.

“It wasn’t the most graceful of runs. I won’t win medals for it. It definitely was an awkward looking run. But I did it.”

Amanda credits her own inner strength with her recovery as well as an amazing team of medical professionals.

“This experience taught me what I was capable of, and this changed my life,” she said.

“Taking a balanced approach I worked with incredible doctor’s, neuro-physiotherapists and a Kinesiologist who helped me recover.”

Amanda says it was these incredible people who helped her believe in herself.

“They stood with me when I couldn’t stand and helped me get to where I am today. I was blessed.”

Also the love and support of family, friends and in particular her twin sister Nicole was crucial.

“She was there every day and night. Even sleeping next to me in my single hospital bed some nights. I cannot begin to explain how much I appreciate her and count my lucky stars for her kindness and unconditional love, through the hardest time of my life.”

What has kept her mobile for eight years plus has been a balanced approach, with Amanda combining Western and Eastern medicines as well as managing stress levels, mental health and nutrition.

“Tackling the disease on all angles gave me the best results.”

Watch Amanda on the first episode of five-part health care series Recover Me at

Amanda Campbell is now an ambassador for MS Australia, sports kinesiologist and motivational speaker. Find out more about her life and work at

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VinoMofo invests in Amanda’s food business, Nourissh – Australian Financial Review

The founders of multi-award-winning and rapidly growing wine-selling start-up Vinomofo​ had been hunting for a start-up in the meal delivery space to back for more than a year before they found their perfect candidate in Nourissh.

Nourissh is a collaboration between serial technology entrepreneur Scott Julian and sports kinesiologist Amanda Campbell. Ms Campbell became passionate about the power of nutrition after fully recovering from a severe stroke from multiple sclerosis that left half her body paralysed.

Nourissh delivers weekly sets of nutritionally balanced meals to homes throughout Melbourne and plans to expand nationwide by the end of 2016.

Nourissh is not the first company in Australia to try delivering cooked meals. Beyond restaurant behemoth Menulog, which sold for $855 million earlier this year, there are a handful of start-ups working on a similar offering.

Vinomofo co-founder Justin Dry said it was so convinced about the founding team and vision that it invested $250,000 before the company had even launched.

Following earlier successes

“We’d seen similar services take off in the US and other markets so we were looking for a local version to back, so we could use it too,” Dry says. “The fact the heart of the start-up is someone who truly understands health, because Amanda has a chronic condition, is very powerful.”

The seed investment is the first made by the start-up, which will also advertise Nourissh to its 330,000-plus customers in Melbourne.

Vinomofo has had a mixed history with its own investors, after an early-stage cash crunch had it sell 70 per cent of the business to Catch Group, before raising the funds required to buy it back.

“Our experiences have definitely helped guide our investment philosophy. We will always back the founder’s decisions. And it was important for us to allow them to have a huge chunk of the business, so they don’t lose the motivation,” Mr Dry said.

Ms Campbell says her motivation for running Nourissh goes beyond the normal desire for a start-up founder to strike it big, following her earlier health problems.

“I used the very best in Western medicine and was recovering it,  but when I combined that with nutrition and diet, the results were profound. So this start-up comes straight from my heart,” she said.

While Nourissh creates the menus and meals, the sourcing of ingredients and food delivery is outsourced, a model Ms Campbell says would continue because it is key to the company’s scalability.

“We’re approaching it aware it’s not just a food company, we’re also a logistics company,” she says.

Nourissh delivers about 60 boxes of meals to 50 customers in Melbourne as a subscription service. The funds will go towards marketing and bringing in new customers.

‘I Was Told I Had A 50/50 Chance Of Walking Again – I Ran In 6 Weeks’ – Whimm Interview

When the first signs started to show that something was wrong I was 19. I was putting mascara on, chatting with my boss at the time and unbeknown to me, I was drooling. I couldn’t feel the left-hand side of my face. I accidentally drooled on the left side of mouth because I didn’t realise it was numb.

Read the full article on Whimm Here.