Thanks for the encouragement, Jen - it's good to hear! I'm sorry Lyme and Lupus have gotten hold of you, and the traditional treatment protocals didn't work for you. Your strong spirit comes through, though - very positively - and I agree with what you say about our emotional issues affecting our wellbeing. Actually, I think any kind of stress (it all gets processed emotionally in the end) affects our vulnerability and response to illness. I also think that many times our symptoms do get masked in the early stages by a variety of meds - which really doesn't help the process of discovering the root problem.
I do, of course, acknowledge that traditional meds are oftentimes a Godsend and can be lifesaving, and/or life-changing. And I will admit that at times, I wish my body responded better to medication. Like you - the medications I have tried (for everything) made me worse - and that list includes Celebrex, Statins for high cholesterol, Neurontin, Flexeril, Niacin, and on and on. I can't take a large number of antibiotics or any kind of decongestant/antihistamine, and my dentist doesn't use epinephrine in the novacaine when she works on me. Through the years I was forced to listen to my body and recognize that drugs were not going to be the answer for me.
Congratulations on your decision to become a healer!.... the world needs all kinds of approaches and perspectives. That's why I love this forum...all kinds of folks with a variety of experience and wisdom to share. We have so much to learn from one another!
I hope you'll let me know how things proceed with you, and I'll do the same. Good luck with your studies!
Hugs and blessings,
diagnoses: mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds: occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
We cannot avoid the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them make nests in our hair.
~~ Chinese saying as quoted by Helen Nearing