On 11/3, I am blessed and honored to be a guest on Bernie Siegel,MD's radio show, Mind Health Matters.
I've been a guest on his show before but this time is going to be incredibly special for me.
Bernie as he likes to be called has been my chosen dad (or CD), a teacher, a guide and a labor coach through many of my healings and rebirthings. After being diagnosed with post polio syndrome in December of 2006 - my goodness has it really been 9 years - I returned to the wisdom of his teachings to help me get on my healing path. I joined his Forum, re-read his books and reached out to him as I had during many previous health crises. We laugh together when I say I'm a slow learner.
Bernie believes in the healing power of poetry; of any creative endeavor. Writing poetry bypasses the conscious mind and gets to the heart and soul of the matter. The first poem I wrote in February of 2007 was called, "Running the Race," a foreshadowing of my 2009 Boston Marathon run although I had never run a day in my life. Bernie often quotes Carl Jung, "The unconscious prepares the way for the future."
Running the Race
Early summer 1959 my kindergarten year
Everyone around me filled with nervous fear
Despite the Salk vaccine hope polio would disappear
The polio virus crept right up and knocked me in the rear.
Dancing all around the gym feeling free just like a bird
I dropped to the ground just like a stone
and no one said a word.
The pain it was so searing-the diagnosis even worse
"It's polio" the doctor said...he was abrupt and terse.
Called one of the 'lucky ones' I had a 'mild case'
But with the other athletes I could never keep their pace.
Miss Holly physical therapist,
curly hair and a warm, broad smile
It tempered the pain of being apart - to walk I'd take awhile.
I always wore those 'special' shoes
the kids they poked and teased
With no support and much abuse
with childhood I wasn't pleased.
But put nose to the grindstone and learned all that I could
I couldn't kick a ball but my grades were always good.
Years went by and no more thought to polio did I give
I accepted the limp and everything else
and decided my life I would live.
But symptoms of weakness and muscle pain did grow
I kept a stoic face hoping no one else would know.
Life no longer was my own I struggled through each day
Suffered in silence, isolated from friends-
trying to keep depression at bay.
And with the grace of glorious God my world it opened wide
I discovered there was a Post Polio team
and they were on my side.
Using wheelchair to travel, set limits on what I could do,
Resulted in joy to realize I could live life anew.
Celebrated my body- creaks, groans and need for a brace
While in my mind I focused on winning a 10K race.
Sought out paths for healing and my spirit flew free
For the first time in life, I could truly be me.
The chains are gone and possibilities abound
I'm a tree with my roots planted firmly in ground.
I'm now off the sidelines, no need to sit and whine
So much gratitude fills my heart and love and beauty shine.
After all these years I can join the loving human race
I exceed all expectations and now I set the pace.
Poetry poured out of me at warped speed and I imagined myself healthy, whole and free.
I sought out many paths for healing but could not get traction to move beyond a certain point in my journey. I would get stuck because I had not yet found the right person with whom to partner to heal everything that went before. Yet, through my poetry I was putting out the call to find someone who could help me reclaim my life and help me to run unencumbered and free.
How amazing that the tag line for Jeffrey Spratt,MT, Owner and Principal of Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC is Reclaim Advantage. Reclaim Life. After my first treatment with him he said to me, "I want you to run unencumbered."
Yes my friends, there is healing power in words and creative expression. There is healing in the power of positive touch.
The two have come together now in my life and my healing is manifesting in my physical body.
November 3rd at noon EST is going to be a time for me to reconnect with a dear friend, a physician, a healer in every sense of the word to bring healing and hope to others about what is possible when we bypass our analytical minds and get to the heart and soul of the matter. It's going to be a beautiful and sacred conversation where you are invited to feel the heal.
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