Reversing Incurable Disease
Eighteen years ago I sat across from my doctor and heard, "The good news is you don't have cancer; the bad news…you have multiple sclerosis (MS). Chemotherapy is what we use and get ready for the wheelchair." I was in shock and horrified. At that moment, I couldn't fully comprehend the magnitude of the disease, nor the acceptance that it was incurable and there was no way out. All my instincts knew was to hobble me out of the office and refuse chemotherapy.
I was 24 years old and getting ready to start my adult life. As terrified and unknowledgeable about MS as I was, I made the commitment after the first week of being diagnosed that I was going to find a way to beat this. That was not an easy choice for me to make because my body was severely affected by MS the first six to nine months. I was basically bedridden from severe fatigue, had attacks and tremors each afternoon, had difficulty speaking, breathing, walking and eating.
What I came to discover during my four tumultuous years of beating MS was that the body never loses its intelligence to heal. Its purpose is to sustain and create homeostasis (balance). I realized, like many others, that we have allowed ourselves to become brainwashed to accept a medical prognosis as if God were saying it.
The first step in overcoming an "incurable disease" is challenging your belief system that bought into it in the first place. If you believe you cannot assist your body to change, then it won't. Yes, there are those cases where the disease has progressed to such a degree that there is no turning back. That makes it even more critical that the masses be educated on how to prevent disease and how to incorporate root cause solutions once diagnosed.
The second is to realize there is not one single factor that causes autoimmune disease, or even cancer. It is the environment — based on lifestyle choices — in which the body has come to be. Poor diet, infections (yeast, viruses, bacteria, and parasites), heavy metal toxicity, unhealthy air quality, contaminated water, electromagnetic frequencies, lack of exercise, vaccinations, unmanaged stress, negative, fear-based thoughts, emotions and belief systems are what bring about autoimmune and chronic disease.
Once you have been diagnosed, the battle within of what to do begins to grate on you. Many people wrestle with the agony of decision making whether to take drugs or not. The Western viewpoint will be to take costly drugs that supposedly stop the progression of the disease, yet come with side effects. The choice to not take the drugs is extremely difficult and one that only you can make. Ask yourself this question, "If I choose not to take the medication, will I be more fearful of what could happen?" If the answer is yes, than take the medication because your fear-based thoughts/emotions will create more stress in your body and weaken your immune system. Being able to have the courage to say no to your doctor, your friends and family, who only want the best for you and believe in the pharmaceutical drug route, can be the hardest choice you make. There is no right or wrong. You can have a successful combination of taking the medication and using natural remedies. Many people do both using Western and alternative treatments, and as they heal with time, the medications start to drop off.
Start your healing process by first becoming educated. Read books, go on the Internet, take a class, learn about the body systems that are being affected, and read about the possible treatments. The more educated you become the better choices you will make from a centered place versus fear. Take your time in making decisions. Don't be rushed into any protocol until you feel you are ready. Becoming educated puts you in the driver's seat and allows change for the better to occur.
The psychological aspect to any disease is so important. Choosing to energize thoughts of hope and belief, and taking action steps to help you heal are critical. Autoimmune disease is just one of many where the psychological self is out of alignment. For most there are old tapes playing in the background of, "I'm not good enough," "I must be perfect," "I'm unlovable," "I have to take care of everyone else but me." Unresolved abandonment, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear molded into adult life creates patterns of stress and disease. To ignore the misalignment means your body cannot fully heal. It doesn't mean you have to do twenty years of therapy, but rather, find a modality (meditation, hypnosis, journaling, counseling, exercise, or other spiritual practices) that helps you identify and become neutral to the past. So many of us, myself included when overcoming MS, are looking for ways to break out of the mental and emotional bondage that we took from childhood. There are ways out.
Intention to overcome your challenges is the first action step. Second, find a therapy or modality that resonates with you to break repetitive patterns creating your stress and disease. Third, accept the past and present completely, forgive yourself and those that have hurt you. Fourth, carry forward only the wisdom from those experiences and take baby steps of eating healthy, detoxifying the body of infections and inflammation, exercise, and trust that you have the amazing capacity to heal your body.
Most important is to give yourself permission to be healthy. Tell your body out loud, "Thank you for what you have taught me, and I now choose to be whole and healthy." This is essential as we get stuck seeing and feeling ourselves only as being sick. Seems odd, but once you get on the other side of your disease you can feel uncomfortable being healthy because you have been unhealthy for so long. Reassure the fearful child and adult that you are moving forward and that you continue to choose to be healthy. I used to look over my shoulder the first few years after beating MS and wonder when it would be back. Fourteen years later, MS still hasn't returned and I accept my reversal as truth.
Ann Boroch is a natural health and wellness expert and author of Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox and Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery. As a certified naturopath, Ann has helped hundreds of patients in achieving optimum health. Visit her at www.annboroch.com.