Lady Dawn Russell lives a life any Downton Abbey fanatic would dream of: an American who married English aristocrat Lord James Russell, she counts Woburn Abbey as a family gathering place and incredible “playground” for their sons, 5-year-old Alexander and 2-year-old Leo.
But the fairy tale world is only one chapter in Russell’s extraordinary journey. At 25, she was diagnosed with stage 3 lymphatic cancer – a turning point that changed her path.
“It was this flip in my life,” Russell, 41, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.
Living in New York and working as a model at the time of her diagnosis, she endured four surgeries and a bone infection that left her with no sensation in the top of her left leg even today. The health crisis led her to explore alternative and integrative medicine.
“The nutshell version is: I tried everything,” she says. “Anytime someone would tell me, ‘Oh, there’s this seed in Brazil,’ I was there. ‘There’s this amazing specialist in France.’ I was there. You name it. Germany, Austria, Australia, Switzerland . . . ”
After noticing an improvement in how she felt after taking high doses of blue-green algae, “It was the first time anything had ever totally worked where I felt like I had one normal day,” she recalls. “That’s when I really started researching it.”
That research led to the creation of 8G (@8greens), a supplement tablet that launched last year and is available at Nordstrom.
“8G is everything I’ve learned about greens and health through my own personal journey,” she says. “I wanted to give everyone the greens I used firsthand when I was ill.” [Read More…]