Next month will mark 10 years since Nadya Suleman gave birth to a rare set of octuplets back in January 2009, turning her into the viral sensation known as “Octomom”. Now, in a rare interview with the New York Times, Nadya opened up about her life as a mother-of-14, and she shared an update on her health after going through what is now considered a medical marvel.

Nadya’s octuplets are small for their age, the NYT noted, but they are still the second-ever set of octuplets that were born alive in the United States. The kids are now polite nine-year-olds, and all 14 of Nadya’s children follows a vegan diet just like their mom. Nadya, who works full-time as a counselor but relies on government assistance to put food on the table, explained the importance of healthy eating for her and her family.

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So THIS is what happened when we attempted to take a fun family photo with as many family members as possible. Per usual, Elijah, Amerah, and JJ are absent from the pic (growing up I despised taking photos so I understand and don’t force them). Aidan had enough of sitting and threw his head back nearly hitting mine, so this may explain why I look, ummm…startled 😱#FamilyPhotoAttempt #ILookPossessed #PenelopeIsUnbothered 😂

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“I’m a raw vegan, and I perceive pharmaceuticals to be poison,” Nadya, 43 told the NYT, and explained that the kids have been vaccinated and do see doctors. “But my kids don’t get sick, and neither do I. Well — you know my daughter, my teenager, she got a cold, but that’s about it. From Day 1, I’ve been giving them healthy food all the time.”

As for Nadya, she suffered a lot of injuries from her last pregnancy with the octuplets and it’s the cause of her many ailments, on top of her other conditions which include migraines and endometriosis. “Four out of the five discs in my lumbar spine are ruptured, herniated fully. Think of a jelly doughnut being squashed, and it hits nerves, causing bilateral sciatica,” she explained. “And I have irreparable sacral damage. And I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on my foot on the right side for many years, and my fingers are numb all the time every day. The pregnancy caused it.”

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