Yochabel's Wisdom: Living with Loss

YochabelIVCJournalLYSWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
November 6, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the eighth and final post from a series of blogs over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from The Conscious Cat. For link to full article, see below.

We are stronger than we think

"Sometimes we don’t realize how much strength we have until we are thrust into one of life’s challenges. If someone had asked me a year ago what I would do if Yochabel had a terminal condition, I never would have believed I had the inner resiliency to endure it..."

See full article below to read about how I am living with loss since Yochabel passed away this year.

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Living with Crohn’s Disease: The Link Between Stress & Chronic Illness

TFL CrohnsWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
November 1, 2019
Published at Taste for Life Magazine

This story originally appeared on Taste for Life

As my college professor closed the door to the classroom, I felt my heart pound. The timed exam was about to begin, and I couldn’t leave the room until I finished. This may not seem like a problem, but it was very stressful for me.

Living with Chronic Illness & Autoimmune Disease

Despite my exceptional academic record, I suffered from severe abdominal pain; just sitting on the hard classroom chair felt like needles stabbing my insides. Distracted by the pain while trying to recall my study materials, I breathed a sigh of relief when I finished my exam. Cradling my stomach, I carefully walked to the front of the room trying to not provoke another spasm attack. I didn’t want my peers to notice I was hurting. Embarrassed, I left the room and headed to the student health center where I could lie down between classes.

“You’re too young to be going through this,” the nurse said. She was referring to my being 20. But I wasn’t too young; older adults are not alone in suffering from chronic illness. In a report published by the Children’s Health Defense Team, over half of millennials surveyed reported having been diagnosed with at least one chronic illness.

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Yochabel's Wisdom: The Last Day

LastdayLYS1Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
October 2, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the seventh of a series of blogs over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below

Loving and Letting Go

Read the full article to see how Yochabel and I spent our last day together and how I came to terms with euthanasia and saying goodbye. We all have miracles and our cats bring us these everyday, especially when they are transitioning over the Rainbow Bridge. 

"Several months had passed since Yochabel was diagnosed with a bladder tumor. We had courageously and lovingly faced this tumor together, pleading with it to give us more time and limit its destruction. But Yochabel’s time with me in this physical existence was coming to an end."

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Yochabel's Wisdom: Emotional Turmoil

bepresentLYSWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
September 18, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for consciouscat.com with Ingrid King. This is the sixth of a series of blog posts over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below 

Coping with the Unknown

"...I never imagined Yochabel’s life would end as a result of a bladder tumor that crowded her out of her own body. Life is full of unknowns—the parts I cannot control— despite my best efforts to make things go my way. Yochabel’s condition was one of these unknowns..."

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Autoimmune disease and Trauma: The Dailey Method Connection

daileymethodLYSWritten by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
September 16, 2019
Published at www.thedaileymethod.com

Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method, is one of my inspirations. I am so excited to be a guest author on her website.

For those who are unfamiliar: "The Dailey Method is a full body workout that combines ballet barre work, core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercises designed to strengthen, tone, and lengthen the entire body to produce quick physical results and balance in the body" (TheDaileyMethod.com). 

Balancing health and fitness

As I stepped into the gym for my daily workout, I looked around and saw how many people were staring at screens, listening to music, or lost in thought. I imagined many of the thoughts were focused on the end of the workout rather than a moment by moment experience of the workout. Some people looked at their clocks, maybe they were counting down the time remaining before the workout ended. Sadly, people didn’t look like they were enjoying themselves; I didn’t see people laughing while on the treadmill. I used to be one of these people. Exercise was a means to an end. It was a way I kept a lean figure, reduced stress, and maintained muscle mass. There were many days I didn’t feel like going to the gym, but I did anyways, because I was addicted to fitness. I loved how it made me feel as my brain’s happy chemicals flooded my body.

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Yochabel's Wisdom: Hospice at Home

YochofficeLYS1Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
August 28, 2019
www.consciouscat.com

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the fifth of a series of blog posts over the next few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.

Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below.

Cancer changes lives

"When Yochabel was diagnosed with a bladder tumor both of our lives changed. I felt weighed down by a daunting fear that I was racing against time while the tumor might be growing faster than we could intervene..." 

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Non-surgical treatment for feline resorptive lesions and chronic periodontal disease in a cat with chronic kidney disease

YochabelIVCJournalLYSI am so pleased to be published in the Innovative Veterinary Care Journal. Yochabel, who transitioned over the Rainbow Bridge at age 20, was the best cat and patient. She had many health issues that responded well to integrative care and application of the healing wheel. We avoided surgery on her otherwise infected and painful mouth by using a periodontal ointment, DentaPet by Hope Science. 

Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
Innovative Veterinary Care Journal
August 7, 2019

This layperson’s case study demonstrates how a patented blend of natural oils helped a high-risk feline overcome chronic periodontal disease.

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