Thursday, August 6, 2015

What Does “Chronic” Mean to You?

Throughout the course of my work, I have discovered that many people misunderstand the meaning of the word “chronic". Chronic is defined by Meridian-Webster as:

        a :  marked by long duration or frequent recurrence

Over the years, the medical community has adopted the word “chronic” to measure the level of a health condition such as diagnosing a person as chronically ill. This has changed our perception of the word.

When we look at the true definition of the word, it is possible to use it to define a positive condition such as “chronically happy.” But rarely do we define a person as chronically happy, chronically well, chronically successful. We’ve become conditioned to associate the word chronic with something negative and unwanted, usually a physical condition.

Even then I find that many people still misunderstand the word associating “chronic” to a very serious or life-threatening illness. But again, when we look at the true definition of the word, “chronic” means any condition that is frequent or lasting for a long duration. Therefore, it can include conditions that do not require constant medical attention and those that are not categorized as life-threatening.

Chronic illness includes conditions such as ongoing heartburn or other digestive issues, joint pain, headaches, acne or psoriasis, etc. A chronic illness is defined as a condition that lasts for months or even years. Sometimes that condition can limit physical activity and quality of life, but not always.
It is estimated that more than 120 million Americans have at least one chronic health condition and many deal with more than one condition at a time.
I challenge you to reexamine your definition of “chronic” and I welcome your feedback.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Are You Someone Who Requires Scientific Proof?

As a healer, and health and wellness coach I work with a wide range of individuals suffering from a variety of physical conditions - everything from digestive disorders and joint pain to disabling and sometimes life-threatening conditions. I know what I do with my clients works. How do I know? I developed my healing techniques and strategies for myself while battling a chronic condition that rendered me fully disabled for nearly a decade. Medical science did not have a cure for me. They only had treatments to help make my condition more manageable. But that wasn’t good enough for me. I knew I wanted to get well. I knew I wanted my life back. Now I use the techniques and strategies that allowed me to regain my health (and return to work over 16 years ago) to assist my clients in achieving the same healing results.
I have witnessed evidence of healing in over 99% of my clients, but I don’t always get to see scientific proof like this. The image you see was recently sent to me by a client. The client prefers to keep their identity and their condition confidential at this time, but they have allowed me to share this image.

To be clear, the images on the left labeled "two weeks after" were taken in April 2015 following a series of serious, debilitating physical events. The images on the right were taken in the fourth week of July 2015. A close examination of the images on the left as compared to the images on the right provide concrete evidence that we are not only healing the body but in fact reversing the damage. My client reported to me that the doctor was surprised and amazed by what he saw. His reaction was, “Oh my God! I’m so relieved! I did not expect to see this. I was afraid it'd be worse."

Although I am confident in my abilities as a healer, and a health and wellness coach, having this kind of scientific evidence to share makes my heart sing. As an alternative therapist, all too often I am confronted with doubt from potential clients as to whether or not what I do works. I am often opposed with resistance, mostly due to fear. Unfortunately, too often a patient can become “addicted” to their condition. Let me explain.

Every situation in life has advantages and disadvantages. Having a chronic health condition can have the advantage of letting a person “off the hook” of taking responsibility for their life. A chronic condition can provide an excuse to cop out on the demands of life. It’s only when the disadvantages outweigh the advantages that a client becomes ready, willing and able to do anything and everything to get well.

When I take an in-depth look at medical science I am amazed at what they are able to achieve. The breakthroughs in research are sometimes beyond belief. The fact that medical science can transplant organs, replace joints, eradicate some diseases, perform delicate surgeries on the heart and brain, etc. proves to me that medical science is a miracle in and of itself.

But have we become too dependent on medical science? I believe we have. I work from the premise that we must be proactive and empowered patients and take full responsibility for our health, our healthcare, and our healing if we want to get well. And that is exactly what this client is doing. The type of progress shown in this image is largely due to the client’s willingness to do the necessary work. The best treatments and techniques in the world are ineffective if the client/patient is unwilling to participate. This is true whether you are working with an alternative therapist or with medical science and helps to explain why one patient can recover while another, with the same diagnosis, remains ill or even dies.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, about half of our adult population has some sort of chronic health condition and one in four has two or more.  This is a clear indication that medical science simply does not have all the answers. If you're dependent on them for a cure, you may be disappointed.

Special thanks to my secret client for being so willing to do the work and for allowing me to share these test results. Onward and upward to a full recovery!

Are you ready to take responsibility for your health and recovery? Do you have a strong desire to get well? Take a few minutes to review my website then request a complimentary “Get Your Health Back Now” session with me today.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Could the Person Next to You be Chronically Ill?

I recently sent out a request to professional women asking for assistance in my research about chronic health conditions. I was astounded by the overwhelming response from 240 women willing to assist me. Many said that they managed to stay healthy despite the demands of work and family, and they took the time to tell me in detail about how they accomplish this.

I interviewed over 40 women who either were currently struggling with a chronic condition or had previously struggled with one.

One of the key questions I asked was, on a scale of 1 to 10 how much confidence did/do you have in Western medicine healthcare professionals? The average of all the responses was a low 4.83. Those who gave a response of eight or higher fit into three categories:
  1. Those that were just beginning their healing journey

  2. Those that had some sort of surgery or procedure that was successful

  3. Those that used a combination of Eastern and Western medicine

Sadly, some of the respondents had lost complete faith in medical science for the following reasons:
  1. They remained undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for up to two years

  2. Western medicine had no cure for them

  3. They felt as though Western medicine damaged their health even further

I also asked the participants if they were familiar with the following information:
Did you know that the Western medical community has been supporting working with health & wellness coaches for over five years and statistics show working with a health and wellness coach can increase a patient’s progress by up to 50%?

Only five participants answered yes, they were familiar with this information in some way. And although over 60% of those interviewed were using or had used a coach or a mentor in the past, they had not considered using a health and wellness coach prior to our discussion.

When asked what their biggest struggle or frustration was in dealing with their chronic condition, the two most common answers were:

  1. The lack of energy and the ability to function at an acceptable level so as to not jeopardize their employment.

  2. Having an invisible illness, meaning that by all outward appearances they looked healthy, but they were silently suffering. These individuals felt that they did not receive an appropriate amount of empathy, compassion, or understanding at work or at home.

Others stated frustrations such as:

  • Remembering to put their health first,

  • being well enough to take care of their children,

  • their symptoms reaching a level that prevented them from working at all,

  • the loss of and damage to personal relationships,

  • having to adhere to strict dietary limitations,

  • being in constant pain,

  • and losing hope that they would ever get well.

When asked what they felt their greatest accomplishment was while dealing with a chronic health condition, in general, the response was, “Being able to get through it all!” (You are champions, ladies!)

I’d like to give my heartfelt appreciation to all of the women who so generously took their time to reply to my request for information whether they could help or not. The outpouring of support was overwhelming. And those of you who spent time with me on the phone to share your story and allow me to ask my questions, I give very special thanks to you filled with healing, loving energy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

61% of CANCER Patients Have Forgiveness Issues

New research shows that 61% of CANCER patients have forgiveness issues. The medical community is recognizing the direct correlation between illness and emotion.

Dr. Michael Barry, the author of the book, The Forgiveness Project states that "Harboring these negative emotions, this anger and hatred, creates a state of chronic anxiety."

All dis-ease, from joint pain to fatal illnesses, has an emotional root. It can be difficult and challenging work to dig out these roots, but it's worth it and absolutely necessary if you want to heal.

This is the basis of all my work as a healer.

Click this link to watch the video and learn more. Then contact me for a complimentary Healing Breakthrough Discovery Session today by clicking here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Shocking Case Study on Life Satisfaction

I recently conducted a Life Satisfaction Survey among my friends and business associates. The participants ranged from all walks of life.  The results were shocking. I will share them with you below, but first I’d like to talk about life, how we see ourselves, and how we see others.

Many of us have hundreds of interactions with people daily either in person, via email, on the phone or on social media. What you perceive when you speak to someone may or may not be correct.  How many times have you interacted with someone never knowing that they recently went through a life changing event, were suffering from a chronic health condition, or were under a large amount of stress? Sometimes it shows, but most often it doesn’t.

We all wear masks. We mask ourselves to either portray or hide something. For example, if you are in a business meeting, you don’t necessarily want others to know that you had a major argument with your partner last night  and that argument is still spinning in your mind so you put on a mask. When out with friends, you may not want them to know that you couldn’t make this month’s mortgage payment  and are totally stressed out about your finances so you put on a mask. It’s a normal part of how we conduct ourselves; how we manage “the business of life.”

The results of my survey were shocking to me.  It turns out that too many people aren’t happy, they don’t feel healthy, they have major challenges, they suffer from stress and lack overall fulfillment in their lives.

When asked, in what one area of your life do you face your biggest challenge, over 18% said health, another 18% said work (employment or business) and another 18% said personal relationships.  Health, work, and personal relationships are the core components of life and 54% of the individuals surveyed were unhappy in at least one area of their life. Shockingly, that’s over half!

When asked, how big of a challenge is this for you, nearly 43% said very challenging.

When asked, how stressful is your life, 33.3% said they had more stress than they would like and 9.5% felt they had more stress than they could handle.

When asked, how fulfilled are you with the choices you’ve made in the last 6 months, nearly 62% reported being less than very fulfilled.

And finally, when asked, how they would rate their health, over half (52.4%) said their health was less than very good.

After analyzing the results, it became evident to me that too many people have put their life satisfaction on hold. Life is a balancing act. We all have circumstances in our lives that we would like to change or improve, and we all have some form of stress. It’s impossible to escape stress, but what is possible is changing how we handle it.

These statistics are especially disturbing because it’s a well-known fact that unmanaged stress will eventually manifest into a physical condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 50% of all adults (over 1 million people) have one or more chronic health conditions.

The key to happiness, fulfillment, and life satisfaction is how you choose to deal with life circumstances and how you manage your stress. This is why Life Coaching is becoming increasingly popular. Life coaches provide a resource for those who have the desire to reduce their stress and improve their life satisfaction.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Is Self-care the Missing Piece in Your Life?

I recently sent out a request for information to a large group of professional women. I asked if they were currently having or had previously had a chronic illness and if so, could I have a few minutes of their time interview them.  The willingness to assist me was overwhelming. I received responses from over 200 women.

Some responded to saying they couldn’t help because they never experienced a chronic illness and many of them continued on to share with me how they stay healthy.  There was a resounding theme in their self-care practice – Proper nutrition, regular exercise, proper rest, and time for spiritual reflection. These women are living fully balanced, productive lives and protecting their health at the same time.

Self-care is absolutely essential for maintaining a productive and balanced life.  It’s when we fail to take the time for self-care, when we push past our capacity and run ourselves down that we risk damaging our health. The ability to operate at maximum capacity requires regular self-care. It’s a balancing act that will pay off long-term and allow you to reap rewards in all areas of your life. You will function better with more energy and less stress. You will make better decisions and have a clearer focus in all that you do.

Taking the time to release stress and get recharged is not an option. It’s a requirement. Taking the time to love and appreciate yourself first allows you to more effectively give to others.

I often suggest to my clients, take a lesson from airline safety, put your oxygen mask on first, before attempting to assist others.  If you are rundown and depleted, your ability to assist others diminishes. You may also feel resentment as you push forward without enough oxygen (energy) for yourself.

What will you do, starting today to take better care of yourself? Begin with small steps, small steps every day. And soon you will be on a regular self-care routine.

I welcome your comments and questions.