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Miscellaneous Aids During Treatment

Posted on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog |

I am reprinting this chapter from our book, Lyme Savvy: Treatment Insights for Lyme Patients and Practitioners because i think it might help you develop your own Christmas list and your own “how to survive the holiday” ideas . . . Miscellaneous Aids During Treatment Sharon I used to believe when I got sick, I could go to the doctor, get a prescription, take a pill, and I would be healed of whatever ailment had inhabited my body. I used to believe a holistic approach to health and well-being was a nice thought, a possible avenue, but something that mostly appealed to those “hippies” or those with a lot of money to throw around. I used to believe organic food was another way to rip off the customer at the checkout line. And then I got the Lyme Disease diagnosis. Dr. Mozayeni, with his credentials and research strengths, advised me at my second appointment to go “organic.” Some of my blood work came back showing I had significant levels of arsenic in my blood. I completely understand the panic and desperation late stage cancer patients’ experience. I found myself willing to try almost anything to see if it would alleviate my pain and fatigue. I believe in traditional medicine and treatment protocols, but I also now believe a holistic approach is the only way to heal from a systemic, chronic disease. We have gathered a list some patients have found helpful. What worked for some individuals may or may not work for you. And works now may not work six months from now. The point is, if you want to try it, go for it. People are constantly asking me for the “secrets” to healing. There are none. It’s a combination of ingredients unique to each patient. These are items that were simply helpful during the healing process. They are listed alphabetically. Attitude – A positive attitude is a critical element in my recovery. Even when I’m not feeling well, I know it will get better. At the most difficult and fatiguing phase of therapy, I mentioned to Dr. Mozayeni that I was trying to accept “the new normal”...

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Father’s Day

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog |

I mourn for a father lost, and i celebrate my husband who gave me a son. I didn’t want children when Jeff Rainey and I married. I woke up one morning, turned over and said, “Honey, I want to have a baby.” He replied without missing a beat, “It’s a good thing I’m flexible.” My teacher today reassured me that though I miss Dad greatly, he fulfilled all of his obligations here and did all God needed him to do. His life was complete. I trust in that knowledge. But it still makes me wistful. And it does not take away Mom’s pain which remains fresh and unsettled. My teacher and I talked about the trip to Turks and Caicos – you remember, the #vacationofalifetime. She said, “Every time you think of that trip, you think of it as magical . . . ” I nodded my head. We all do. We all believe it was a magical trip. She shook her head no. “That, my dear, was Love. It was Love felt by every single one of you at one point or another during those seven days. For once, for just a little bit, you felt as though you belonged in that family in all ways. It wasn’t magic, Sharon. It was LOVE.” A friend of mine is in Turks and Caicos right now with his own family. The first night, he sent me photos of the sunset and texted, “It’s your dad saying hi from T & C.” It made me cry, in a good way. I suppose what I am trying to say in a convoluted way is that while these holidays are difficult for those of us who cannot be with our loved ones, to remember they truly are with us. I know when i look at the empty chair, or when we holds hands to say grace, instead of looking for Dad, or Jim (Jeff’s dad), or Aunt Betty, or Troup, or Aunt Cherry, I simply need to close my eyes, take in a breath, and feel them. I might feel a light brush on the cheek, or the sun shining a bit brighter,...

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Endorsed by THE Dr. Bernie Siegel!

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in Blog |

It’s a big deal when someone like me gets email from famous, talented, wise authors writing me and telling me what a useful tool this healing journal is. So imagine my glee when THE Dr. Bernie Siegel wrote me several emails telling me how much he loves “The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal”?! He said to feel free to tell people he likes it and believes it to be a helpful healing tool . . . . so I’m telling you! “When you experience joy, happiness and laughter you are more likely to be healthy, recover faster from and resist illness. Recording those positive emotions, recalling them in a journal, is a positive step of therapeutic value. The Best Part of My Day Healing Journal provides the format and fodder for such healing steps.” – Dr. Bernie Siegel (www.berniesiegelmd.com) Feel free to pass this around! The healing journal makes a great holiday gift for anyone dealing with a chronic or major illness. I’m actually finding it quite helpful for my grief as well. https://www.createspace.com/4567483 – use the discount code N2GX4YBD to receive $4 off the retail price! Share...

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When the Attitude and Fortitude Just Aren’t There

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog |

I’ve had an ear infection for almost a week now. If you have had one, you understand the pain. Today, I feel drained, exhausted, sore, and bummed. I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I return to the ENT physician tomorrow for a re-check. But this experience is a good reminder to me of the importance of “full participation in the healing process.” It’s not just what the doctor prescribes us that will heal us. We, as patients, have to do our part as well. That includes the obvious – follow doctor’s orders – REST – Don’t do anything you think your doctor (or family) might not consider good for healing – Eat healthy foods – Laugh for at least 30 minutes each day And what I consider to be most important . . . . find a best part of your day. Now, like I said, not all days are good days. Some days are just not good days. But even as my Dad was dying in the hospital, I found a best part of each day. I found gratitude for something. And finding gratitude is a key element to healing. As Dad lay dying, I found gratitude for the conversations we had, for the laughter and memories we could share, for the intimacy and love shown and felt between us. I could also find gratitude for the end of Dad’s suffering, for him making the final transition to heaven, and for a caring staff to help him in his final days. So maybe it wasn’t a good day yesterday. Maybe today won’t be a good day. But somewhere, look hard, and find the best part of your day. As you search, you might notice your overall attitude improving. And you might find yourself truly searching to find the good in each transaction throughout your day. The best part of my day yesterday, though I was teary and tired and sad, the best part of my day was being able to look through thousands of digitized photos of my family and friends, sharing memories of very special events, noticing little facial gestures that I found precious....

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I Am From

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 in Blog |

I am from The Source Lover of Light and Laughter I am from dancing and playing Angels and petulant Souls I am from Priests Assigned Sacred Tasks I collect the sacred tears, the profound sadness Offering alms. I am from a groovy, magical, mysterious pink waiting room filled with fresh blossoms and sunlight. I am from vast Grand Canyon abstract landscapes, deep as the suffering in your soul. I am from Blue eyes and Green eyes and Brown eyes. I am from Eyes that see only my Soul and Hearts that love me with all. I am a Channel, a Translator, a part of and sometimes a part from I am Connected and Isolated instantly and eternally I am from what was, what is, what cannot and yet will be. I am from grey Dust, emerald Gems. I write, I sing, I suffer, I wonder, I wander I heal and I return All in Love. Sharon Rainey 2.18.16 Share...

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