Nothing can ever prepare you for the day that your good health is brought to a screeching halt and you are diagnosed with a serious health condition, the final nail in the coffin is being told that, ‘There is no cure’. After the initial shock and period of grieving, I accepted the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, but not the prognosis. There are in fact so many people who have halted or even reversed their symptoms of Parkinson’s, MS, Fibromyalgia and so many other chronic illnesses; and I am determined to join them. I refused to accept that this is how it had to be and decided to take back some of my power.
I am fortunate to work with a fantastic neurologist and medical team, and I cannot praise them highly enough, but chronic illness remains a great unsolved mystery to the medical profession. Medication can alleviate some symptoms but not cure them, and there are a plethora of side-effects; so I decided to join the many people who have healed themselves without medication (please do not do this before speaking to your consultant). Conventional medicine cannot cure Parkinson’s, and so I decided to investigate complementary therapies that I could use in conjunction with my medical treatment, and I have never looked back.
I have thrown myself into reading the testimonies of those who are in remission from Parkinson’s and other chronic illness, and it is clear to see that holistic healing has been a recurrent theme; healing requires aligning the body, mind and soul.
Some people are sceptical about treatments that they perceive to be alternative, and they can sometimes be dismissive when someone finds relief and healing in holistic treatments. I have faced ridicule and have been mocked, but no-one has the right to invalidate my experience of healing and relief from symptoms, I will try anything to feel better. Critics will view alternative therapies as ‘Hocus Pocus’ and will try to shame those who believe in them, yet they may not have even tried such treatments. It is okay to have doubts but try to have compassion for others, and don’t challenge them to consistently defend themselves. We should not judge those who choose not to completely rely on conventional routes and try to get themselves involved in their own healing. This blog is not an attempt to convert the naysayers, but just an attempt to ask them to try to move away from preconditioned ideas about holistic treatments.
I fully believe that there are many facets to healing; and they are all part of the bigger jigsaw. I have experimented with many healing modalities including acupuncture, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, sound-healing, homeopathy, yoga, meditation, qi gong, aromatherapy, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, and the list goes on. I have worked with so many compassionate healers who deal with the four bodies (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), and they have absolutely solidified my belief in
Nobody wants to stay sick and chronic illness can be extremely disempowering, but holistic therapy enables you to take control of your own healing and reminds you that you don’t have to bear this alone. Holistic treatments have so many benefits including helping you to deal with stress and anxiety, they are a form of self-care, and they afford you some time to reflect. The healers that I work with have such caring hearts; they talk to their clients about lifestyle, experiences, emotions, negative patterns, and unprocessed trauma; they deal with what is going on internally. It can be a great breakthrough moment when you realise that certain choices are not helping you to heal, and change is indeed necessary.
Chronic illness is at an all time high and doesn’t just impact the old; people in their twenties and thirties are diagnosed daily, and this blog is just a little nudge to encourage you to consider a holistic path to compliment a medical one. Surely its better to be proactive rather than reactive? I work on my healing every day, and I hope to inspire others to do the same. Give your body, mind and soul what they need, steer your own ship and fight for your health. I will leave no stone unturned as I try to heal, I urge you to think outside the box and to do the same…