Updated: Dec 8, 2019
We all have our journey in life. Like a mountain hike, this journey has ups and downs. Sometimes, you can just skip or amble along, other times it feels like you're constantly struggling uphill, seemingly unable to reach the top or turning point.
Endometriosis - my very own Mount Everest
My healing journey started in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Endometriosis. I had been experiencing excruciating period pains and according to the doctors the illness was so advanced, that the only solution was a full hysterectomy with the possibility of having part of my bowel removed. I was shocked, numb and scared. After 6 months of GnRH injections that put me artificially into menopause. I went to Germany to get a second opinion and was told that there was an alternative to such an invasive procedure - nutrition. Was it really that simple?
My father had suffered from bowel cancer previously and my parents had changed their diet and life style with incredible effects, so I was aware of the powerful changes food could make to the body. Assisted by Homeopathy, Life Coaching & Chinese Medicine I started to work on a healthier, cleaner "me". The results were unbelievable. I felt like a different person: I lost weight, I had more energy and felt generally more positive. I was on the right path, but still suffered from long periods accompanied by pains.
The final and decisive change came with the help of a superb Iridologist/ Nutritionist, who brought light into my jungle of diet approaches and put me on a regime of supplements. Within a month, the length of my periods had halved and the pains were almost entirely gone. I was thrilled!
However, while my Endometriosis was slowly improving, I had developed Papillomas on my vocal cords. Finding a promising alternative cure for these seemed more tricky and I agreed to have them removed surgically. After each surgery (I have now had 5), my Endometriosis got worse again and I felt trapped in a vicious circle.
While changing my diet, exercising and supplements had helped, I really struggled with reducing stress in my everyday life. Yoga and meditation tapes helped for a while, but everyday life seemed to always take over again eventually and I would revert back to my old patterns, resulting in an increase in pain and more operations.
In April 2016, I decided to take a Level 1 course in Reiki-Energy-Healing. In search for a stress-free me, I had read numerous books on healing, energy work and even dipped into quantum physics in the process. Having experienced a couple of very powerful Reiki treatments, I wanted to learn more. The course was a true eye opener and I loved it. Reiki made me accept once and for all that I needed to make meaningful changes to how I lived my life and to how I saw myself as a person. I felt I had found my "home" and the area I wanted to develop further.
Life is a journey, however, and although I now knew what I wanted, it still took a few more months to get things going. Physically, I still experienced horrendous pain for 2 weeks every month and often just didn't have the strength to do anything. I hit rock bottom when after voice operation no. 4 in early October 2016, I lost my voice for 4 weeks and not even the doctors knew why. I was petrified. Unable to speak, I was "trapped in my own head". In hindsight, this was the turning point: I was forced to struggle with my inner demons and today I'm grateful for that period, however scary it was at the time.
Luckily, I had booked on to a Reiki Level 2 course for the end of October already and I can honestly say that it was the Reiki that got me out of probably the darkest few weeks of my life. Only able to whisper for short periods of time, I really had to "feel" my way through this level, which I suppose in hindsight is the best way to approach an energy healing course. I felt totally "connected" to the energy and learned to trust my intuition. I completed my Level 2 Reiki, allowing me to treat others and call myself a Reiki Practitioner in 2016.
2017 was a real transition year. I was practicing Reiki, but was also still teaching Business German, not quite ready to give up my old life. In June, I spent 4 weeks at an alternative anti-cancer clinic in Germany (www.3E-centre.com), as Endometriosis and cancer were actually similar illnesses when looked at at cell level. Apart from finding Reiki, going to Germany was the best thing I could have done! For 4 weeks, I learned all about the human cell, the Johanna Budwig Oil-Protein-Diet (which I had already come across when my dad had cancer) and various simple techniques of how to reduce stress. Being away from home and my usual environment for 4 weeks meant I was able to change my "behaviour patterns" and return home as "the new me". The distance had made it much easier to establish a new routine that I then continued back home.
A strict daily routine, including the Budwig diet, meditation, yoga and Reiki self-healing improved my endometriosis immensely and I have been totally symptom free for nearly two years now. In 2018 I qualified as a Reiki Master, allowing me to teach Reiki. In 2019, I qualified as a Health & Life Coach with the Health Coach Institute. I feel absolutely honored to be helping people to heal themselves and looking back today I am grateful for my illnesses, as I would have never become the person I am today without them.
Reiki has helped me to focus on what's important, to see through the fog and form a clear picture of who I am and who I want to be. It taught me acceptance, patience and a new joy in life, which I hope to pass on to others through my work as Reiki practitioner and Health & Life Coach. Contact me here, if you fancy a chat about your healing journey.
People that helped me
Homeopath & Life Coach: Barbara Gekoski, Leamington Spa
Iridologist & Nutritionist: Janet Spence, Warwick - www.janetespence.co.uk
Meditation, Mindfulness, Personal Development, Shamanic Healing: Jenny Critchlow, Claverdon - www.jennycritchlow.com
Reiki Master Level: Grenville Williams, Solihull - www.oneworldreiki.com
Yoga Weekends: Kim Pierpoint - https://kalmnkindyoga.co.uk/
Books that helped me
Endometriosis: A Key to Healing and Fertility Through Nutrition. Dian Shepperson Mills & Michael Vernon. Thorsons (2002).
Heal Endometriosis Naturally: Without Painkillers, Drugs or Surgery. Wendy K. Laidlaw. Create Space Independent Publishing (2015).
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind. Dr. Joe Dispenza. Health Communications Inc. (2009).
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. Dr. Joe Dispenza. Hay House (2012).
You are the Placebo - Making your Mind Matter. Dr. Joe Dispenza. Hay House (2014).
Becoming Supernatural. Dr. Joe Dispenza. Hay House (2019).
The Healing Code. Alexander Loyd & Ben Johnson. Hodder & Stoughton (2011).
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles. Dr. Bruce Lipton. Mountain of Love/Elite Books (2005).
Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases. Dr. Johanna Budwig. Apple Publishing (1994).
A day in the Budwig Diet. Ursula Escher. Create Space Independent Publishing (2011).
The Budwig Cancer & Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Diet. Dr. Johanna Budwig. Freedom Press (2013).