Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! When I said goodbye to the medical model ...
At my last dental cleaning, the hygienist asked me about when I had my last colonoscopy, my last mammogram, was my primary care physician the one I had listed in my record....I took a deep breath and let her know that I walked away from the medical model several years ago. I did meet a wonderful nurse practitioner at MGH who honored my wish about 5 years ago to just have some blood work done and to have a physical exam but no preventive exams. I could tell that my hygienist got a little nervous but she was quite skilled in saying, "How come? You just had enough?"
I participated in Spaulding Rehab's Aquatics Therapy class for a couple of years. It served a wonderful purpose but the day I was in the women's locker room getting lectured to about my lack of commitment to the medical model, I knew it was time to move on.
In December of 2014, I suffered a very serious knee injury. Lack of cross training, working with an ineffective massage therapist,not being mindful of how much I was pushing my body and most importantly of all, having the residuals of trauma stuck in my body were all factors contributing to the injury. I went back to the physiatrist at Spaulding Rehab's International Rehab Center for Polio for an MRI and treatment plan. After two sessions with the physical therapist from hell, and the Universe blessing me with the gift of the presence of Dr. Ryan Means, a chiropractor, coming into my life, I walked away from the medical model. It was a slow process that seemed to happen all of a sudden.
Dr. Ryan turned me onto the work of Dr. Joe Dispenza.
With my renewed commitment to healing, I was blessed to find my way to Jeffrey Spratt,MT who pioneered his own method of muscular therapy. Why did I keep getting injured? Why couldn't I make progress in gaining strength and being able to return to endurance running after having run the 2009 Boston Marathon?
Western Medicine's answer to my dilemma was that I was dealing with Post-Polio Syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease.
Jeffrey and I discovered the answer to my dilemma - the build up of traumatic memories being held in the body restricted my capacity to experience vitality, vibrancy and to be able to move forward in my health and wellness journey.
Once we began to clean out the residuals of the traumatic memories and allow my body's natural capacity to heal to kick in, I was able to run two half marathons in two consecutive years and in my off season, in preparation to run another half marathon next January, I am building strength, working on speed and gaining positive momentum in health, wellness and fitness.
I know that a lot of people fear for me that I have not had my screenings or haven't had a complete physical in many years now. But this is the choice I have made given my experience with the medical model and what I know to be true for me and quantum healing. Fortunately I have a few wonderful physicians in my circle and know that if I did need anything I could always turn to them for guidance and assistance.
What I do know is that by partnering with Jeffrey I have grown a new gastroc muscle, dissolved bone spurs, reversed degenerative osteoarthritis in my left knee and leg; I am making new neuromuscular connections to heal the effects of paralytic polio and healing the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. While we have unearthed the traumatic memories, we have healed them through the power of positive quality touch and compassionate presence. We have unearthed the treasure and beauty of the truth of who I am and I am able to reclaim those wonderful traits that helped me to survive without the burden of trauma.
In yesterday's Washington Post, Tom Brady talks about his rejection of the NFL's medical culture. He partnered with a massage therapist, made nutritional changes, practices yoga and meditation.
After being told repeatedly, as a survivor of paralytic polio, that if I used it I would lose it, whatever was lost was lost forever without any hope of regaining functioning and that I was destined for a more rapid aging process because of my compromised neurological system I said goodbye to the medical model.
And hello to the power of positive quality touch, to harnessing the power of Divine Intelligence within me, to meditation, to leaving the past behind and falling in love with how I will feel when all of this is cleaned out and the wounds are completely healed and being oh so very deeply grateful for the miracle of healing and transformation in my life in this very moment.
To your health and wellness,
Be sure to check out my latest book, "Going the Distance: The Power of Endurance," now available on Amazon that chronicles my journey of healing and transformation and being able to go the distance after partnering with Jeffrey Spratt,MT.