Perhaps you feel like I did for much of my childhood and early adulthood: completely consumed by depression, self-doubt, chronic pain, hopelessness, and an inability to dream.
Never did I think I’d be where I am today - a healthy, awakened soul, fulfilling my dharma.
Early in my career, I was halfway through my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at one of the most competitive psychology programs in the US, the disease rendered me nearly disabled. Too sick to see patients, to walk, to leave my house, I knew it was time to take a hiatus and focus on healing. Unfortunately, no treatments doctors had offered in 23 years had helped the disease, or me, to heal.
The illness crippled not only my body but my ability to thrive. Although I had never dreamt of a future for myself, some voice inside told me it was time to get better for good, this time. So I stepped outside of traditional Western medicine for the first time in my life. All of my experience and expertise told me it was time to connect my mind and body.
Working with a somatic therapist, I was able to release the roots of the disease that had been trapped in my body for decades. I built a life design that supported total wellness in mind, body, and spirit. And as a result, the illness went into remission within a year.
At the age of 27, I was healthy for the first time in my life.
For the first twenty-five years of my life, darkness consumed me; a rare, crippling autoimmune illness - Behcet’s Disease, years of hospitalizations, the resulting medical trauma, toxic family dynamics, and covert childhood sexual abuse.