In December 2017, Janae P. began experiencing debilitating symptoms from an unknown illness. Janae is 23. By January, she was paralyzed and couldn’t walk. She experienced severe pain in her joints and muscles. Her vision was also affected. Janae eventually learned how to walk again. In the meantime, doctor’s were unsure what to make of her symptoms. They were certain it was an autoimmunity, but did not diagnose her.
I started working with Janae on April 1st. By Week 2, Janae was no longer taking any medications. When we met, she was on all kinds of meds for anxiety, ADHD, and pain- a strange mix of depressants, stimulants, and yes, opioids.
Here’s What Janae Says:
“I feel more in control of my emotions and my body. Going off my medications- this milestone was especially important to me because it was my own choice. I definitely wanted to be done with this after the first 4 weeks but I think it was important that I continued to learn more about bettering myself inside and out.” ~Janae P.
“… My body felt the most pure/clean that it has ever felt and my skin looked and felt really good.” ~Janae P. [about a particular part of the program]
Janae was hesitant about the responsibility it would bring, but decided to walk the healing path anyway. She followed the program I created for her, which stress management techniques, breathing and meditation exercises, foods to support her particular condition, self-care rituals, and so much more! We worked through some of her anxiety issues and she developed an outlook that many years of therapy and harmful prescription medications were unable to provide her with (she’d been going to therapy since childhood!). Her spirits lifted, as she began to put her situation into perspective and gain control of her life. Around this time, doctor’s finally gave her a diagnosis. Janae was told she has an autoimmune disease called, Guillain-Barre syndrome. It affects the nervous system. By the time, she received the diagnosis, she was already well on her way to complete recovery.
It brought me GREAT Joy working with Janae. I’m thankful that she was open and willing to take her own health into her own hands. At first, she had trepidations (her mother kinda forced her into this!). But, before I committed to help her, she affirmed that she was indeed ready to receive her healing. Janae Courageously Walked The Healing Path!
ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE YOUR HEALING?
Walk The Healing Path … I’ll Be Your Guide
This post is livicated to my Lovely Sister-Friend, LaDorn Browne. On Sunday, 17 September 2017, she vacated her physical form to go who knows where and do who knows what. Her husband and 3 children remain.
She lived on my block. She had asthma. I offered to help. She told me she was good, she knew how to manage it. She passed away. It was shocking. It was quick. We had plans. I Love her dearly. Our friendship altered me, opened me, challenged me. I Am forever changed. I must be better now.
How can we be well when we do not honor our feelings? When we do not take care to better care for ourselves? What’s the point of wellness, anyway?
Wellness is a wholistic state of being, self care in practice– encompassing spiritual, emotional, psychological, mental, and physical wellbeing. It seeps into our relationships with family, friends, lovers, colleagues, as well as our daily social interactions with everyone we encounter. Self-care is as much about our thought processes as it is reflected in our physical behaviors.
Life consistently asks us to bring wellness into those bound-to-happen undesirable circumstances and situations we often face. In the midst of those challenges, we find ourselves experiencing growth, becoming better, gaining more of what we want, and extending ourselves. But, how do meet those challenges? How do we rise above them? What tools do we already have? How do we acquire more?
I offer the following principles from my new book, Optimism Manifesto [OM], as tools for self-care. Optimism requires a constant shifting of perception and disciplined self-care practices. It’s serious work! Here’s an extremely brief description of my 4 Pillars Of Optimism:
Acceptance- Acceptance is neutral, without judgment. Accept yourself, your situation, and your role in creating that which you experience. That’s it.
Awareness- Make moments for mindfulness throughout the day. Take an objective look at your thoughts and their patterns. Realize the power you have to choose the thoughts you want and to dismiss all others. Arm yourself with awareness by purposely putting power into your thought patterns, right where it belongs.
Attention- Do something about how you feel. Use your awareness to focus full attention on those things that matter most, right now. You’ll make huge progress accomplishing small tasks one by one.
Surrender- What goes around, comes around, right? Just Be. Acknowledge that you have done all that you can do. Let it go. Relax into wherever you are in the process. Surrender to the flow- the current’s gonna take it anyway!
More Self~Care Strategies to Practice!!:
**I pray that you receive this in Love, put a smile on your face, lighten your heart, and go forth Inspired**
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