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A large number of people who read my blogs are dealing with some sort of chronic illness or health condition, whether it be minor or severe. Over the last 7 years that this blog has been alive, we have put together an incredibly extensive library of information on all things health and wellness, from gut health and autoimmune disease to adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems to simple stress management and lifestyle improvement tips (and a ton more).
This information has helped countless people across the globe live a healthier more vibrant life, and for that I am eternally grateful. I love what I do and came to this work because I myself was in need of a healthier, more vibrant life and it's an honor to share that info with all of you.
Today, I want to talk about chronic illness and what I have found to be two things that are critical to healing in my own personal journey. No matter what condition it is, chronic illness can have a dramatic impact on your daily life, your mental and emotional well-being, and the way you approach your life now and in the future.
Every day I get questions about “what do you recommend for this condition?“, “how can I heal that illness?“, “will x,y,z help me?“, “what are your thoughts on this food, that supplement, or the newest diet trend?“.
And it's no wonder. Everywhere we turn online, there are grand promises that if you just follow this diet, or take this supplement, or eat this superfood, or work with this practitioner, you will POOF! be healed.
I am here to tell you that no single practitioner, no single supplement, no single superfood, and certainly no single diet is going to be the be all, end all when it comes to health and healing.
Over the last decade of my own healing journey, I have worked with countless practitioners, some of which have been a great fit, while others have not. When choosing someone to work with, I always go with my gut and listen to my intuition. After our first meeting, I ask myself:
- What was my initial gut feeling about the meeting?
- Do I feel that I was heard?
- Do I feel that the practitioner really has MY best interests at heart (or are they pushing their own agenda)?
- Is this a person that I feel confident investing my time and my money into?
There have been times that I have known from the very start that the practitioner was a good fit for me. I remember one practitioner that I fell in love with right away, from the moment she introduced herself. The energy and honest care for me and my story were evident from the beginning.
Then there have been other practitioners who seemed aloof and distant. They would ask me about my story, but as I told it, I didn't feel like I was really being heard AND understood. It was almost like they were busy formulating a game plan and their response to my story in their head without really stopping to tune into what I was saying.
And then, there have been practitioners who fall into the spectrum in between.
I'm a big advocate of having a health team. There is never going to be one single practitioner who can give you everything you need for your journey. I discuss this in depth in this blog post and video about Why I Have a Health Team and Why You Should Too.
I've had the best success in healing when I've worked with a couple of different practitioners simultaneously. Now, there is something to be said about having too many cooks in the kitchen, so you will need to find the sweet spot that works best for your unique journey.
All that said, there are two things that have remained consistent with every practitioner I've worked with:
- Each one will have their own idea about how best to treat my condition, what supplements to use, what foods to eat and avoid (and that's OK, as long as they give you space to do what you need to do for YOU).
- There is never enough emphasis put on the mental and emotional aspects of healing from chronic illness.
Recently, I shared about the two things that are imperative to healing your mind and body over on my health coaching practice website. You can read that post, “In Order to Heal, You Need these Two Things”, here.
Healing can be so complex. It can take us into uncharted territory. It can feel overwhelming and isolating at times. But, it can be such an incredible journey if we can learn to accept where we are and be open to what is to come. I really hope the blog post above is helpful. I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
If you are feeling stuck on your healing journey and need some extra support to take your life and your health to the next level, I would love to talk to you! I will be accepting new clients this summer (2017) and would be honored for you to join my newsletter here so you can be notified when new spots open up. Each week I share tips and ideas for living your most vibrant life, free of fear and full of love.
To YOUR health, with love,