by Vickie Y., Cambridge
My life has been filled with endless blessings but all the while intuition has remained at the top of the list. This highly charged sense has served me well in decision making, connecting with others, and left me with a deep understanding of empathy. My grandmother taught me at an early age to embrace this rare gift and allow it to guide my life’s path.
As a Native Indian Medicine woman, her practice of natural medicine and human spirit became engrained in my soul. I remember sitting at the kitchen table as she mixed what she called “Nature’s Gifts” while encouraging respect of the process. Even at this early age I understood the need to nurture one's mind and soul and easily identified with those in need.
As time wore on I reached out to study Psychology and Crisis Intervention to support my desire to heal others. While working on the studies it became clear the magical ingredient seemed to be missing. The teachings of my grandmother rang in my ear that optimal health is obtained by healing the mind, body, and spirit. It was at this moment I truly understood and my thirst for knowledge began.
My true awakening would come in the most unlikely suspect, my beloved dog. My year and a half old German Shepherd was exhibiting poor health and losing weight at a rapid speed. After multiple visits to the vet and growing frustration, I took matters in my own hands. I spent endless hours investigating the breed, symptoms, behavioral patterns, and recording his daily progress. I presented my findings to the vet and refused to medicate my pup, unless they had reached a positive diagnosis.
One year later I sat in her office and diagnosed his disease. Against her better judgement, tests were run and my findings were confirmed. Of course, her first instincts were to put him on an aggressive course of medication; however, I had other plans. I chose to find one of “Natures Gifts” to heal him. The long story here is the vet developed a great respect for my thorough research, and I’m happy to report Jersey is turning 11 this year and doing quite well. I’m currently constructing a blog to aid pet owners with this disease.
I began to notice that my friends and colleagues would turn to me for help with their medical issues. Although I couldn’t possibly treat them, they understood I would relentlessly investigate their scenario and arm them with some facts. In doing so many have concluded they are able to take power of their health and have become proactive in doing so.
The turning point in my decision to pursue this profession was when my own health required it. I developed a terrible staph infection after a visit to Punta Cana. I was hospitalized for a week with an IV drip and never felt so out of control in my life. After the treatment, I was not recovering as expected and experiencing a plethora of new symptoms. Once again, I found myself at the doctor’s office offering suggestions on my diagnosis. My medical doctor admitted defeat and was moving on to multiple invasive tests. I humbly mentioned my symptoms seem to mirror that of a parasite.
A week later I was tested, and the results were negative. I discovered after more investigating that not all strains are checked allowing many to slip through
the cracks. Now it was time to put the medical practice I so strongly endorsed to use, and sought out a homeopath. Within a few weeks, many of my symptoms had dissipated, and currently I’m experiencing my first ‘Healing Crisis'- the amazing way in which my body evacuates toxins and ignite the spark.
Not only am I on the road to recovery but the respect I have for my body and its ability to fight is priceless. I want others to feel the incredible moment in which your body joins the fight.
Many years have passed since those moments in my grandmothers kitchen, yet the lessons remain the same. As for my intuition, it remains a guiding force in my life and has cleverly placed me in the position of seeking a new career path. I’m hopeful and excited to join not only a magnificent profession, but more importantly, a community of healers.