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hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 6/21/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200105/mind-body-pioneer

There is a lot of talk out there and I've been dismissed by at least one doc. who said never underestimate the power of the mind/body connection.

He's right. Even if he was dismissive.

Anyways, how does one get started???
Bit June 08.


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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hoping, I have never been very good at this (obviously!), but I believe it, it is absolutely true. I've never had success meditating, but have never had formal instruction either.

I'm just here to tell you this. I DO know that this forum is an important support system and I do believe we all need to feel free to discuss our infirmaties (sp?), troubles and pains w/ each other, because others in our life are sick of hearing about them. We also need to share information, successes, suggestions, etc etc.

But I also KNOW that it does NOT help to get up every day w/ these thoughts going thru our heads: 'I can't get up, I am so tired, all I feel is pain, I hurt so bad, I am so sick, I am so sick, I am so sick.'

Because our body does listen to what we are saying.

And then we come to the forum and start reading about new symptoms and we are so intune to our bodies and so intent on fighting this disease that we start noting every single feeling and every single little nerve in our bodies and then we reinforce it.

I have as much or more difficulty as the next guy w/ positive thinking. And the hard part of this disease is the physical depression that goes along with it (as well as the fatigue) Because depression prevents us from even being able to TRY more positive thinking! The depression helps keep us down. And maybe that is one of the necessities for this bacteria to struggle for survival. Because maybe if we were strong enough to fight, maybe we could beat it.

Anyway, I came to respond to your post because you asked 'how does one get started.'

I find it very difficult to do the positive visualizations, relaxation exercises, etc that go along w/ this type of healing. HOWEVER, I also strongly believe in affirmations. By affirmations, I mean making statements over and over and over, whether I have difficulty in believing them or not.

I believe we HAVE to keep making them, to try to offset the negative statements we are making day in and day out: 'I am so sick. etc' I believe that if we tell ourselves and our bodies these things ENOUGH, our body and our mind will eventually get it and listen. I have been very bad about doing this the past few years, but I am going to work hard to get back into this mode.

I waited tables for almost 20 years w/ a bad back and neck. I was a single mom and had to support 3 kids by myself. I worked at a great, busy, bar and grill. I look back and can hardly believe what I did. I busted my butt day in and day out, probably 70% of the time in pain. But I was making a decent living and I could NOT succomb to fatigue and pain! Further, I HAD to have a positive attitude in order to bring in the tips. I quickly learned that being sick, feeling sorry for myself, having a bad day, going thru a rough divorce, feeling overloaded w/ responsibilities, etc would NOT bring in the tips.

But surrounding myself w/ a positive 'aura' at all times kept the money rolling in. At work, I was an actress. I was always UP and working hard to be FUN. I aquired a fantastic clientel and was the most requested server the place ever had. I was so in shape I wore ankle weights to keep my waitress legs in shape.

Sorry, BRAG, BRAG, BRag. (now I'm a mere shadow of my former greatness.....)

One point in all this is that I practiced affirmations. Constantly, all day (on and off), I repeated these affirmations in my head and often out loud. I said them even when I did not believe them. I just said them. Here are the 2 that I made for myself (and sometimes still use, but need to get back into the habit.

'I am incredibly strong, healthy and young.' (say 3 times for each 'set')

' My entire body is totally free of all pain, disease and fatigue'. (same)

You can create your own, but I think it's important to not use any negative words. Like, don't say, 'My illness is getting better.' Because that is acknowleding that you are ill. Say, 'my body is free of illness.'

Here is an affirmation my mother uses: 'Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better.' She is almost 80, takes all the typical old folk's pills, etc. Walks every day, swims every day during swim weather. Takes yoga, does back exercises.  She looks great, looks and is happy, and is fun to be with.  Her grandchildren LOVE being w/ her.

Another thing that might help 'non believers' get started. When feeling low and tired, I would get under a light, close my eyes and picture that the light was actually the sun. And for me the Sun would be a symbol of my God over me, spreading light and warmth over me. And I would visualize sucking in all the sun's warmth and energy, basking in it and declaring that it was bringing me energy.

I am sure others have better, more intense methods of mediation and self healing. But I have to use these for now, because I cannot concentrate or get my mind quiet on anything -- and I think it's hard for those w/ Lyme to concentrate or meditate, if they have the cognitive issues.

I really do think it's important that even if we are on this forum complaining, that we leave all that part OUT of our personal lives. Because it's not causing anyone to love us any more. It's only bringing us down. I am NOT saying that you shouldn't be bedridden if you ARE bedridden. But I'm saying that we need to work hard to not CONSTANTLY REINFORCE all our pains and illness.

shew, sorry so long, but I truly believe that this may help some people here. I'm getting back on it again right away. It is EASY once you start repeating your affirmations to yourself all day. It becomes a habit and even if it becomes kind of OC, so what? It's positive.
 
AGAIN, create your affirmations and repeat and repeat and repeat, even if you do not believe them, SAY them!

I truly believe that constantly repeating, 'I'm so sick. I can't get better. There is no end in sight.' will help this bacteria survive.


Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.

Post Edited (+Lyme) : 6/21/2009 9:52:37 AM (GMT-6)


Gretchen1
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok I know I said I would stay away from posting on this board.......but I can't help myself.  +Lyme, you are amazing!!!!  I love this post.  I just printed it.  I am going to incorporate this in to my daily life.  You inspire me.
 
I have also heard yoga can help.  I don't have much experience though.


+Lyme
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   Posted 6/21/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Gretchen! (I have a sister, Gretchen) I just added a couple of words, you might want to copy again.

It makes me feel wonderful if I have helped one single person.

Again, repeat and repeat and repeat. You don't have to believe it. You just want your body to believe it.
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


+Lyme
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   Posted 6/21/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   

PS, Gretchen,

My mother and her 84 yr old friend, LOVE their yoga classes.  They found an instructor that is very kind and very helpful for them.  My mother has scoliosis (tho not as severe as mine) and so there are certain yoga exercises that she cannot do.  But she has worked this out between her Dr and her instructor. And her Dr gave her specific back exercises to do.

My mother should be an inspriration to all.  Nearly 20 yrs ago, she almost died from whatever the heart disease was that the lady in 'Beaches' died from.  Twice she has had the major surgery, replacing the Y artery in her lower torso, into the legs.  When she was recovering from the latest surgery, she was in an auto accident that broke her hip.  It set her way back (she had just worked up to walking 3 miles per day). But she came back.  She learned to swim when she was in her 50s.

With the settlement money from the accident, my father put in a pool because at that time he said being in a pool was the only time my mother was not in pain. (had been going to the Y) They have a huge, beautiful pool, built on the side of a low mountain in NC.  They spend a lot of money heating it, to make the season longer and because my mother can't get into cold water.  This pool has been, I believe, a life prolonger for both my parents. It keeps the kids and grandkids coming over, they all play volley ball in there, and it is so good for everyone's infirmaties.

My mom is a lay minister in her church. She visits the sick and the widowed. She says often she does not want to get out of bed, but she is afraid to stop going, for fear she won't ever get up.  Her diet is almost perfect and she drinks her one glass of wine per day. (also does the gin and raisins for arthritis)  I think she looks maybe 65.  Right now, she is at the beach w/ my sisters and a passle of grandkids. She is basking in the sun, going from the beach to the pools w/ the grandkids, and digging in the sand w/ the little ones.  She is having a blast and all the kids want to be w/ her.  She will then be up late, playing games in the room, making eveyone laugh. Then she'll get up early to walk on the beach.

Inspiration --- she is mine. I need to try harder!

Gretchen,  sorry, I forgot to say about the yoga.  It has helped her posture a LOT. And I have a younger sister who has had weight problems all of her life.  At one time, she was bulimic, but then just became almost obese.  She didn't go onto a 'diet', but cut all sugar out of her diet. (not to the point of reading labels, just no pop or sweets) and started taking yoga.

Her weight is still dropping, she looks fantastic and firm, most of all HER PERSONALITY AND ATTITUDE have taken a HUGE turn for the better.  I had thought she was plain neurotic, but now her outlook and her attitude are fantastic and she claims it is all in the yoga.  I hope to get into it soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


Dowa
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   Posted 6/21/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Great post. I just wanted to write something that a doctor I was seeing said to me. It is the only smart thing he ever said! lol  ''YOUR BODY IS ONLY AS HEALTHY AS YOUR MIND ALLOWS IT TO BE."  Short and sweet but it kind of says it all.  D

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   Posted 6/21/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Dowa! I do believe he is right!
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


+Lyme
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   Posted 6/21/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for this, Mom! This sounds fantastic! Hopefully will start working thru this soon!
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


Turquoise Sky
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   Posted 6/21/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Books and authors that have helped me are You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay. It gives you all the positive affirmations for each different issue you may have. Also Doreen Virtue has books and audio about healing and meditations. The most recent and my favorite for her guided meditations is Jan Yoxall. I belong to audiobook.com and have found the meditations on there. I didn't join it for that, but they are what I need the most right now. While just listening to her (Jan Yoxall) sample I could feel all my muscles begin to relax. This has helped my back so much! I usually fall asleep before it is over, but I am relaxed, and that in itself is wonderful!

+Lyme
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   Posted 6/21/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ALL of these programs sound so good and I'm sure that they offer us a lot of improvement in our attitudes, aura, energy, etc etc. I NEED to look at all of them! And I will, because I believe in it.

But I also wanted to emphasize repeating your affirmations to yourself, all day long and as you go to bed and as you get up, is an EXTREMELY easy way to get started and, of course, it's free. AGain, you don't even need to be in the right frame of mind, you are seeking the way to the right frame of mind by telling your body what to believe, even if you cannot make yourself believe it.
Lyme in NC in 1971? Suspect TBI: Fully engorged tick followed by high fever and tonsillitis. Follwed by , lumps on neck,  chronic tonsillits w/ constant low grade to recurring high (104) fevers, severe unexplained neck stiffness and acute neck pain.   Followed by tonsillectomy, urinary tract infections, miscarriage, appendicitis while pregant, chronic severe back pain. Followed by depression, mild anxiety, mitral valve prolapse, and hypglycemia.  Was this a TBI??
 
Bit again couple of times, lyme suspect bite Mother's Day 2007. Bite, symptoms, lyme specific antibodies on the most lyme specific band of all = 39 IgG.  Still awaiting appt w/ LLMD.


scorpio1960
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Great information and a good reminder that I need to get started, once again. lol Thanks!

hopingToFindCure
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and thanks.

I tried the yoga and it worked better than I could have expected. I began to think about the future again and what'd I'd do to change the world or write a proposal that would be a baby step in the direction of making the world a better place. And it felt SO good and SO hopeful and SO much like the me I used to be.

I need to COPE with this and so I will try the affirmations next.

+Lyme -- you inspire me too!

Keep the fight everyone and the faith in our bodies to heal.

Imagine a day without thinking about Lyme. Or some day in the future where we can say "Lyme disease, what's that? Oh yeah...I cured myself with doctors and God and faith."

Or something like that.

Positive mantra..."What's Lyme?"
Bit June 08.

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