Sometimes life can seem so terrible that the only way through it is to laugh about it. Have you ever had such a terrible experience happen and then months later when you tell the story, you end up laughing about it with friends? Laughter is a release from tension and stress. It also lifts your mood almost instantly. Needless to say, humor has been an incredible asset in dealing with my illness and stressors. Looking back at my childhood, it was tough--not much to laugh about. However, my mom and I managed to find humor in life which took the edge off and made us feel as though things would be ok after all. Sometimes when my mom and I reflect on the hundreds of physicians I have seen and the numerous times I had an emergency as a result of illness, we find humor in our lives; we find a way to laugh about our endurance and it makes things so much easier.
When I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, I immersed myself in online research, checking books out at the library, talking to others with similar or the same condition. I expected I would find a solution that I could proceed with easily and swiftly. My inquiries and research opened a Pandora's box as there was so much information I hardly knew where to start. There were plenty of articles about the condition and a number of people who were proposing dietary plans for helping the symptoms. Some people claimed changing the diet would cure the condition. I asked my GI doctor at the time if dietary changes would help Crohn's disease. He said, "Crohns disease is a genetic condition. Food has no impact on the condition. You can eat whatever you want and it won't change the progression of the disease." Now, grant it, this was over 10 years ago, much has changed in the research and understanding of Crohn's disease, but I was baffled; How can a condition that involves digestion not be impacted by the foods I eat? Fortunately I quickly realized that what we eat has a profound impact on the disease process and the gut. I made changes to my diet and saw immediate improvements. Today, diet is at the core of my healing regimen.
As you know, I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in autoimmune disease and trauma. It is important for me to understand and learn new ways to reduce trauma, stress, and negative emotions. This is a critical component to healing. Not only do I need this support in my personal life, but it is very important in my clinical work helping others.
I recently started working with John Leonard, Ph.D. the developer of a unique educational program that teaches people how to directly control their mood states, stress and pain using language commands. Once the process is learned over the phone the work is done at home by the client producing both state changes leading to trait changes, even changes in charged memories that can be erased with a single command.
When autoimmune disease turns the body against itself, build up your resistance
March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, and according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. Our bodies are designed to fight infection and protect us from harmful invaders such as bacteria and toxins; however, in the case of autoimmune disease, the body becomes confused and begins attacking itself. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports autoimmune disease has been found in every organ system of the body and includes Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Crohn’s disease.
While the National Institutes of Health estimates at least 80 diseases are caused by an autoimmune response, identifying individual treatment needs can be overwhelming. Complex symptoms occur as the body fights against itself.
It was my acknowledgement of my UNIQUENESS that helped me begin to heal.
I will never forget the day my physician told me I had an autoimmune disease --Crohn's disease. Overcome with fear, I wondered how I could live with an "incurable" condition. But now I realize after many decades later, that it is possible to live a fulfilled life with autoimmune disease(s). There are key ingredients to taking ownership of autoimmune disease: It involves an integration of many aspects of healing--there is no one-size-fits all solution for each of us.
How a chronic injury healed after whole body attention
Joel Crandall, Kinesiologist and Exercise Physiologist, created the VOILA method in response to his own struggle with post- concussion syndrome. Symptoms of depression, memory loss, and inability to focus, coupled with his mother's passing, awakened him to his own ability to help himself heal. As he saw his own transformation, he wanted to share this with others in hopes that they would also benefit. The outcome was a healing modality, VOILA, that has helped hundreds find their way back to health through an awakening of the body's healing potential that exists within all of us. While many seek out Joel Crandall because of physical, sports- related injuries, as I did, they quickly realize that he doesn't treat injuries and pain in the same way as do most Kinesiologists. Joel Crandall says, "Voila Method heals from the inside out by empowering the client. It assists them in finding their true selves and helps them feel safe in their bodies again." There is a true integration of mind, body, and spirit. Humans are not viewed as parts, they are whole entities with interconnected energy and purpose.