From Carey L., RPN, Regina SK
Looking back I think that my mother planted the roots. We have a standing joke that my mother was a hippy and raised us on lentil soup (which to this day I still dislike) and energy healing.
Once out of high school, I was faced with the daunting decision of ‘what do you want to do for the rest of your life?’ I knew I wanted to help people and make a difference in other’s lives. I considered medicine but decided I wanted a family before a career. So, it was a natural progression into nursing. There have been many times since then that I have uttered the words “if I could do it again, I would have been a Natruopath.” But life has its way of carrying on.
There have been 3 major influences in my decision to pursue homeopathy. The original one, as mentioned, was the holistic natural ways of my mother. The smell of the local health food store takes me back to my childhood every time. She always taught us to listen to our bodies and trust that little voice inside. The second influence was when our children were very young and we had an ongoing relentless case of strep throat in our house. A friend’s sister was a homeopath and prescribed a remedy that finally enabled us to rid our house of the nasty bug. This was the first time I had been specifically introduced to homeopathy and loved the idea immediately. I was sold on the effectiveness of homeopathy. Where “basic” Western Medicine was ineffective, homeopathy came through. I was reminded at that time that our bodies already know how to heal itself. We just need to remind it sometimes and give it the right environment to do so. The third and probably the most obvious influence has been my own health journey.
This is a daunting topic to try to write about as it is long and complicated. It started about 12 years ago and continues today. Although, I keep going back to the same thought of “Look at me! I look healthy, vibrant and well! I wish they would stop sending me from specialist to specialist and stop finding the next thing”. Essentially it has been a roller coaster of endless tests, surgeries, and changing diagnoses of Hashimotos, celiac, IBS, etc. It’s the typical volley between doctors looking at one part of me at a time. As a nurse, I watch in amazement at how not 1 of the 7 (yes 7) specialists I have been sent to don’t talk to each other or “look at ALL of me”. How many people out there, that are not medically trained, are just simply lost in the system, misdiagnosed or don’t have a clue what to ask, most concerning, no one is ‘looking’ at them? It has been an astonishing experience to be educated in the field and still be shuffled about because each doctor finds something but doesn’t know what to do with it or it’s not their field. Most recently, I was told I am positive for ANA & ASMA which can cause auto-immune hepatitis but my liver function is good. Also, I did not respond to Hep B immunization (which is a concern when working as a Psychiatric Nurse).
I do believe nothing happens by accident and that there is a divine reason for this in my life. Following the most recent health information something rose up in me and said “Enough! It is my turn now! It is time to become who I believe I was always meant to be. I want to learn to heal myself. Teach my body to love it’s self again and, in turn, help others heal themselves”. I have changed my diet from celiac diet to AIP Paleo. I have been creating cultured veggies, kefir and kombucha to build our family’s immunity. I read, watch and listen to everything I can on nutrition, health, and holistic modalities. I have been using essential oils and natural remedies for as long as I can remember. It is working with the mind, body and soul that heals. You can’t heal one without the others. I feel renewed and empowered in my own journey and know that I am heading in the direction I was meant to. My passion is learning about auto-immune diseases and the immune system. “I get it”. I understand what it is like to live with auto-immune diseases and that there is a way to wellness and healing. There can be so much more to treating them than medications and waiting for the next lab results or the next intervention. We have forgotten that there is power within us to heal. I also understand the western medical and pharmaceutical side of it. During my career as a nurse, I have had the privilege to see people at their most vulnerable periods in life. I have learned so much about how relationships, diet, lifestyle and one’s outlook truly mold how we will look when we are senior.
When I was given the above concerning information regarding my own health I was sent tumbling. I wanted a miracle to get rid of these conditions. However one day it hit me, THIS is my miracle. It is pushing me to my destiny of making a difference by helping others heal themselves in the way that rings true to me, naturally. Not by giving them pharmaceuticals but by helping their bodies to do what is ultimately in all of our DNA, heal itself.
My intention is to continue my study of fermented foods, complete the Distance Education Professional Program in Homeopathic Medicine and then transfer to the Edison Institute of Nutrition to complete the DHN.
For me this is more than pursuing a profession. I have been there, done that. I am a very professional, sensitive and compassionate nurse and will continue to be that in all I do. However, this endeavor is more than that. It is personal. This is that inner calling that sees past the formalities and comes from the soul.