Over the years, we have seen countless people come into our clinic devastated by ‘their’ diagnosis. And for close to two decades, we have witnessed miraculous recoveries in which medical science cannot explain. Unfortunately, these miracles are often dismissed by conventional medical community and seen as ‘one-offs’ lacking double-blind controlled studies backing their results.
I am not saying that you should be in denial about what you’re experiencing in association with your diagnosis like pain with a slipped disc or fertility challenges with a high FSH or low ovarian reserve. In fact, having a diagnosis can initially bring relief.
However, you do not need to let the voice of authority define who you are. When you strongly identify with and embrace your diagnosis by saying “I’m infertile” as opposed to “I have fertility challenges,” you’re telling yourself this is who you are. And the more you say it, the more ingrained it becomes in your mind and with that, there is no room for change. In Bruce Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief shows how signals from outside the cells of our bodies including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts control and affects our DNA. ie, our thoughts around our diagnosis can impact our well-being.
In this way, ‘Being’ your diagnosis is restrictive and self-defeating. If you’re constantly giving yourself the message that you are your diagnosis, it’s going to be that much harder to change because you’ve accepted that this as who you are on the most basic and core level. It becomes your permanent identity, a life sentence. Understand that you are more than your diagnosis.
You are a unique and dynamic human being who is constantly shifting and evolving and as such, have the capacity to heal. Instead of embodying your diagnosis, use it as a baseline, a starting point if you will. I am not saying that everyone gets ‘cured’ nor do I guarantee that you will get well but I am saying that you have nothing to lose so don’t just throw in the towel and give up.
Here are some ways to take action and not let your diagnosis control you and you never know, you might get extraordinary results:
- Be pro-active, open-minded and seek treatment both conventional and holistic – eg. why limit yourself to solely conventional treatment when there are many types of effective and complementary therapies available such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy, osteopathy, massage and/ or chiropractic care to name a few- do what resonates with you but you don’t have to try them all
- Make positive lifestyle changes- eat whole and organic foods and avoid processed foods, incorporate regular exercise
- Minimize stress where you can- like avoid being around negativity; try meditation
- Live a little, laugh a lot and have some fun- you are more than your ailments so avoid focusing on them
- Seek emotional support. This journey in dealing with your diagnosis can be a lonely process and your family, friends, and/ or partner may not be able to provide you with all the support that you need. Try professional counseling, chat lines, and support groups