Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW July 3, 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 second of a series of blog posts over the next few months.
Yochabel’s nine lives: life gets better with age
I don’t know the story behind all of Yochabel’s nine lives. In one life, I know she was abandoned and severely injured, rescued, and adopted. In another life, she was known as a “love” when one-on-one with other humans, but when she was with other cats, she was a bully. When free to roam outdoors, she got into trouble with neighbors for hassling their horses, and no matter how many times she was told to stay out of the neighbors’ garden, she didn’t listen. I imagined how she arrived injured and left to die in a field: Was she an owner release because she couldn’t play with other animals? Did her family lose her on vacation? Maybe her owners died? But as we all know, the many lives of our cats remain mysteries.
Yochabel came to live with me at 17 years of age. She was in poor health; I thought I might only have days with her. She could barely walk a few inches without needing to rest. She had kidney disease, infected teeth, asthma, dermatitis, tremors, and severe arthritis. A diet of exclusively dry kibble had been hard on her aging body, and she was overweight. I couldn’t help but blame her past nine lives for her deterioration.
I was so excited to be a guest on Dr Dan Beilin's Medicine cabinet radio show. It airs every Wednesday from 9-10 pm (pacific) on KSCO. In this episode, we talk about autoimmune disease, my diagnosis of Crohn's disease, childhood illnesses, finding treatment options, current research, shifting paradigms for the benefit of patient care, traditional healing approaches and wisdom, and the connection between the gut and mental health (ksco air date: May 8, 2019)
Dr Beilin is an international integrative medical practitioner. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, acupuncturist, and Researcher in the fields of Neurology and Gastroenterology, he brings over 35 years experience in traditional and conventional treatment approaches.
Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW June 12, 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 first of a series of blog posts over the next few months.
How do you like to remember your cat companions?
While it is really difficult to lose a cat companion, most of us would still endure the pain of loss in exchange for the memories, love, and infinite gifts we have been given from our friends.
There are many ways to honor and remember our cat companions–this is individual and between you and your cat.
It can be as simple as looking at a picture and remembering times together.
It can be a ritual such as walking into your cat’s favorite room and filling your heart with love at the thoughts and feelings that come to you.
It can be treating yourself to something special because your cat would want you to treat yourself with kindness.
I like to focus on who I am because of my cats
I have had many cat companions bless my life since I was a child. Let’s see…there was Hershal, Bangalee, Gretel, Templeton, Brussels, Memily, Mitzie…Ok, I won’t keep the list going…I think you get my point–I LOVE CATS! Oh yes, then there was Yochabel. She is the heroine of the stories I will be sharing.
Dr Loretta Breuning and Light Your Sparkle on Chronic illness and Pain
I had a great time with Dr Breuning as a guest on her podcast. We discussed chronic illness and pain. Dr Breuning is the author of numerous self-help books including Habits of a Happy Brain, The Science of Positivity, and her more recent book, Tame Your Anxiety. She is the founder of the Inner Mammal Institute. She asks me about my personal experience with chronic illness, how ballroom dance impacts my healing, the healing wheel, and the dimensions (physical, emotional, and passion). She offers her expertise in how to create new circuits in the brain by connecting pain and relapses with illness to positive experiences. We touch on the culture of illness and the "sick role" and how it serves positive and negative psychological benefits. She emphasizes the importance of building on the branches and circuits that we already have in our brain from our life---these "strengths" help us overcome challenges and live a meaningful life. The idea of using "strengths" to build resiliency is at the heart of my own healing and philosophy. We discuss practical suggestions which are easy to use and they work!
Lupus--an autoimmune illness--affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans; 90 percent are estimated to be women.
The AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY has listed the following as criteria for a diagnosis: A diagnosis of 4 or more of the 11 symptoms in a patient's history are required:
• Malar rash: Butterfly rash or facial erythema (red skin rash) • Discoid rash • Photosensitivity • Oral or nasopharyngeal ulcerations • Nonerosive arthritis • Serositis (pleuritis or pericarditis) • Renal disorder (persistent proteinuria or cellular casts) • Neurologic disorder (seizures or psychosis) • Hematologic or blood disorder (hemolytic anemia, or leukopenia, or lymphopenia, or thrombocytopenia must be detected on two or more occasions; thrombocytopenia must be detected in the absence of drugs known to induce it) • Immunologic disorder (anti-double stranded anti-DNA test; positive anti-Sm test; false-positive syphilis test) • Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) titer (in the absence of drugs known to induce it)
Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., interviews Casey Hersch, LCSW--founder of LightYourSparkle.life. Dr Hobbs is an herbalist, author, botanist, mycologist & research scientist. Together they explore many topics at the heart of illness and healing. Casey Hersch shares her experiences with childhood illness, Crohn's disease, and how she copes with a disease process while embracing a quality life.
Topics covered include:
The origins of Light Your Sparkle.life Overcoming labels associated with diagnoses History of childhood illness Coping with the mystery of autoimmune illness Navigating the medical system Be empowered over illness--NOT a victim of illness Transforming fear into hope Living with Crohn's disease Holistic approaches to healing The healing wheel-emotional, physical, and passion The importance of an open-mind Resiliency: how to build it Mind, body, spirit and healing Tips for people with autoimmune The influence of mental health on illness Stress and Diet Self esteem and confidence How to create an integrative health team for your needs