September 19, 2010

Health is Wealth

September 19, 2010

It’s been a year since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. And what a whirlwind, crazy, mind-blowing year it’s been. I never in all my life thought I’d actually get an illness myself, so it took me a couple of months just to get over the waves and waves of shock. I felt afraid of my body, as if it was a friend who had failed me and become a stranger, I was afraid to be in my own body.

In the past year I’ve made friends with it again, accepting new limitations but never giving up on the possible light at the end of the tunnel, that if I listen carefully enough I could unlock the key to its undoing.

As an acupuncturist/Chinese medical herbalist (but only recently graduated) it has afforded me a huge opportunity for growth and learning, and a special insight and sense of deeper compassion to the people I see in my own clinic. There have been times of deep panic, not knowing which direction to turn next (and I have had no shortage of helpful tips and voluminous amounts of information being in the health industry).

The first real point of light for me was the discovery of Sean Croxten, Paul Chek and this wonderful, conclusive, exciting website http://www.undergroundwellness.com. I began to see myself and my body as a wondrous living organism that had become out of balance instead of as a sick or diseased person. I felt hope, light, love again. (THANK you Sean if you ever read this!!)

From there I have travelled a thousand miles and made some very interesting discoveries, which I hope to share on this blog in the hopes that it might help not only myself but others who might just be feeling exactly like me.. panicked and googling and searching for answers (whatever their disease may be) and not knowing which course of treatment to take when there are so many available. Looking for the method that will guarantee an outcome mostly. Who has the experience? Who can offer me certainty, before embarking on an expensive, time-consuming journey that you’re never sure will even work.

I look forward to further discoveries on this journey. It has taken me a while to get around to blogging this, though I’ve been wanting to for a while. Finally I’ve taken the first step! And as the saying (by Lao-Tzu) goes.. the journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.