Introducing Myself & the Blog
I'm a former family doctor with a long standing chronic illness. I left medicine to better understand the causes of chronic illness and have been gaining a great many insights from my own journey. It's not just about the capacity to better accept myself and my new limitations, although that's part of the path. It's also about finding ways to grow more compassion for myself, to deal with frustration, despair and the fear that comes with flares. And it's about finding a different way because doctors can't fix this. I'm sharing my stories along the way - talking about symptoms, exploring trauma in my grandfather's life (among others), recognizing links between my symptoms and traumatic events, and more. The Read More button below takes you to the beginning of my story.
We’ve come to think of chronic illnesses as mostly genetic, leaving us little control. Research is discovering otherwise. New insights suggest why chronic illness so often starts after a stressful event or infection. And how flares don't usually come out of the blue. The idea that trauma increased risk for chronic illness rose in the early 1900s but was later dropped. We have learned why these pioneers were right. It's partly that most trauma is much more subtle than war, abuse or accidents. Epigenetics also offers profound insights. As does an increased understanding of the nervous system. Studies of multigenerational trauma give us clues too. Research is suggesting a radical new way of understanding - and working with - chronic illness. Even better news? It doesn't matter how long ago something happened, it can still shift. Learn more in my free ebook.
Resources and Treatment Tools
There are ways of working with the wisdom of the body to begin to allay the effects of trauma in our lives, whether it occurred during prenatal life, childhood, or in adulthood. It is also possible to unwind the impacts of traumatic events in our ancestors' lives. I describe 10 tools for treating chronic illness and an example of trauma therapy and recovery. I'm using mindfulness and exploring meditation because of the appeal of slowing down as well as learning more about my resistance to this very process. Things that are helping me change the patterns that I believe are driving my chronic illness include resources - experiences that bring pleasure, help our hearts to soften, and enable us to feel safe and take in support. Resources enable us to grow self-compassion and to find the calm places inside. Here are therapies I find helpful for chronic illness.