To be or not to be…

April 6, 2012

That is the question.

Oh world of  facebook, twitter, linkedin, whatsapp, google friends (or whatever it is)..

It is the era to have a public life.. which is just the Sagittarian’s cup of tea I might say.. but somewhere along the line I started analysing myself (and without great skill it would seem) to try and come up with the best approach for all these things..  What am I.. the doctor or the patient? Do I have several different personas or is it ok to just have one? I joined twitter at the encouragement of a patient but I don’t just feel like posting up studies and intellectual content.. I want to support, encourage, chat and nurture, AND provide information but don’t quite know how to go about it. Except to somehow be myself.

I learned from the wonderful entrepreneur Marie Forleo (if you want to get inspired, and happy, and get great business tips and advice, got to http://www.marieforleo.com, you won’t regret it!! I spent hours one day just watching all her cute little biz tips videos) that you can be all things, that those things make you who you are and that make your business uniquely you, so just go for it.

I like the quote from Joseph Clinton Pearce, ‘In order to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being right or wrong’.

So I’m just going to write about Hashimoto’s, health, single parenting, dating, and keep an online diary, and see where that takes me from here. Perhaps then I’ll really find a true direction or the missing link.

 

The magic of Acupuncture

January 20, 2012

Had the best acupuncture with a colleague last Friday night. He used an amazing Japanese heating device thingy called an Onnetsu up and down my spine and either side of it, with the goal of balancing the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems in mind.

It obviously bloody worked because i felt AMAZING the next day. Like I mean a complete absence of symptoms. Just normal, body calm. I had no idea how much I’ve become adjusted to a sense of constant struggle and internal war going on until I felt the relief of that.

It did slowly return after some busy work days, that sense of internal warring.. but for several days after the treatment I felt clear, and sweet, and calm and anxiety free. My only symptom was some fatigue after a couple of days but I didn’t mind that so much without all the inflammation. And it wasn’t like the dragging down, drugging you while you walk and try to socialise type of fatigue, it was manageable.

Going back for my 2nd treatment tonight!

 

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.