Holistic Healing
Executing the Motivation to Heal

Holistic healing. I have not written much about healing on the website as of yet. Partly because I am still healing myself, still searching for answers, not yet at the end of my healing journey. Mostly because it will require a lot of uncomfortable honesty.

I learn best by hearing other people’s holistic healing stories as true and as raw as they get. It is with that in mind that I write mine for you. I cannot promise answers. I can promise the full catastrophe as Jon Kabat Zinn puts it. We’ll see what we learn along the way.

Most recent posts are first...

January 29, 2013: Chronic Resilience
A new site about finding power in the powerlessness of illness.

October 31, 2012: Crazy Sexy Revolution
My inspiration for becoming vegan.

August 28, 2012: Dealing with Pain
Staying present and seeing pain for exactly what it is.

August 22, 2012: How to Be Sick by Toni Bernhard
Book review of my favorite book on coping with illness.

March 14, 2011: Manifesting Health
Healing by all means available.

February 9, 2011: Interview with Deepak Chopra by Anthony Robbins
Exploring the true reality of healing.

January 26, 2011: Self Forgiveness
Overcoming the guilt of a diet slip-up.

December 15, 2010: Good News
Positive Checkup!

December 6, 2010: Letting Go
The ultimate trust.

November 30, 2010: Showing Up
My daily routines explained.

November 22, 2010: Acceptance
Learning to be who I am.

November 15, 2010

Transplant came up again. I am not a fan of that word, but this is not the first time I have heard it. My official diagnosis is stage 4 chronic kidney disease, out of 5 stages.

The timing was ironic as I had just given a speech about using affirmations to remain committed to holistic healing. Oh how we are called over and over again to learn what we think we already know.

As you may, or may not, know, I was born with VATER Association, a complex of birth disorders that affects various areas of the body. One aspect of the version of VATER I had was a single kidney with urinary reflux. This made me more susceptible to kidney infections, and when I was 16, I had a slew of them. Eventually the reflux was surgically corrected, and it has been more than 10 years since my last infection.

My kidney function has declined to the point that the doctor was floating the idea of beginning to discuss the testing for being on the transplant list. I will not know for another month if we will be starting that process. In the meantime, I am sitting with my wake-up call.

After I left the doctor’s office, I called my husband, Phillip. I asked him to come home early that evening. I was really asking for a distraction from my own thoughts which where all over the place, years down a road that does not even exist yet. I decided that I could have one evening to sulk.

When something like this enters life, it can feel as if you have no, and I mean zero, control. Powerless is an understatement. Powerless, however, is not true. There is some control. There is always some control. So, we ask the question: “What is in my control?”

My answer…

  • I can control my diet.
  • I can control my exercise.
  • I can control where my focus is.
  • Through these things, I control my stress level and my attitude. I have instated new routines to focus on health. I have decided that I will be in charge of what I am in charge of. I care about my body and I will now give back to it as it has given to me. The new plan is as follows:

    (Explanations can be found in the November 30th post.)

    Holistic Healing

  • Deep breathing, shaking, writing
  • Workout 4x per week
  • Drink at least 6 glasses of water per day
  • Less sugar, less fat and 100% vegan at home
  • Zero unintentional TV (no aimless channel surfing)
  • Daily affirmations
  • Interrupt negativity with breathing
  • It is all posted in my office wall in plain, constant reminder view.

    I will continue updating this holistic healing section as my journey continues. The most recent posts will be at the top of this same link. New posts will also be added to the RSS feed. (You can sign up by clicking the orange button on the left.) My next visit to the doctor will be December 14th. At that visit we will review lab tests and assess my current level of kidney function.

    Life is life. As Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

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