Melinda O., London, Ontario
My journey into homeopathy began just over two years ago when as a last resort I took my youngest daughter for a consultation with one of your grads, Daniela Armenti. To be quite honest I knew nothing about this form of medicine. I am a Registered Nurse who had been in practice for 25 years. I was desperate for a solution for her, as she was suffering emotionally as well as physically. The initial consultation was about two and a half hours long. Daniela commented to me that Amanda had given her a "very clear case." She was treated with some drops and the improvement in her entire countenance was undeniable. Several weeks later she commented to me "it was as though a dark cloud had been lifted away!" I was so amazed I began a personal exploration into homeopathy. I decided I wanted to be able to help others in this same incredible way.
This had not been a short lived struggle in our home. Part of the aftermath was that Amanda would not be graduating with her classmates. She was working full-time in a trendy, local grocery store and I could see that she possessed an excellent work ethic but she needed to finish her schooling. I sensed there were going to be many obstacles. My heart was set for her to have an experience whereby she would have her eyes opened to the big, wide world in which we live and that she would come to understand that in Canada, we essentially lived as kings and queens. We have so much abundance and most of us truly do not know how blessed we are. I wanted to send her to South America to volunteer. She showed some interest but I began to doubt she would go on her own. I clearly remember sitting in bed one night, laptop in hand searching out volunteer opportunities that we could do together.
To this day I believe my decision to take her to Guatemala was Providential. Never before had I ever uttered the words "I want to go to Guatemala!" We packed our bags and off we went on a six week adventure. We lived with a local family, volunteered in an orphanage and attended Spanish class. It was an incredible experience. Upon our return I began to think about alternative schooling options for her. I found a wonderful school for her here in Panajachel, Guatemala. She gladly accepted the offer and she has been living here with a local family since this past April. I immediately set about investigating what I might do if I were to take a year sabbatical-from my normal work at London Health Sciences Centre. My study of homeopathy was moving at a snail's pace and I knew that simply having a break from full-time work would be a welcome change. There were a few opportunities I pursued but nothing had solidified and so last fall on "blind faith" I went ahead and scheduled my year's absence and made plans to join my daughter in the lovely pueblito of Panajachel which is located on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, in the western highlands of Guatemala. A place of eternal spring.
I was scheduled to leave from Detroit on January 2nd for what should have been a half-day trip into Guatemala City. Our departure was delayed causing me to miss my connection. I made a conscious decision in that moment of confusion to just relax, stay in the moment knowing ultimately I would reach my destination. I was embarking on a huge adventure and I was not going to allow travel mishaps to rob me of my joy!! The airline put me up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the plan of taxiing me to the Miami airport the following morning. Arrangements had been made on a totally different airline and problems arose when they informed me of an embargo in effect and they could only take two of my bags. This presented itself as a big problem because my third bag was filled to the brim with donated shoes for children and over ninety pairs of reading glasses. I had to do a wee bit of finagling but in the end it was $100 cheaper than what I had originally paid which was the figure I had in mind as a donation to my little church family's community project!! I was standing outside the Miami airport after they told me I would have to leave a bag behind and I said "God.....you don't really want me to leave all these shoes that everyone donated here in Miami, do You? I need your help!!!" He came through and then some!
Anyway, I'm here and an opportunity has firmed up so I'm going to volunteer with an organization called Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health!! Really cool how that all fell into place too. I told them I am willing to do whatever they need....even tend their medicinal garden if need be. I am just so pleased to have this experience.
I have also been fortunate enough to connect with an MD from Houston who teaches homeopathy in Central America. He said I was welcome to sit in with him on his clinic rotations which happen every 4-6 weeks. Soooooooooo excited about this.
So I'm settling in. This is truly a precious family Amanda has been living with, and I am living in their home now as well. They have been just like family to Amanda, again a total blessing. She and I are enrolled in a one-on-one Spanish program starting next week. She has learned a ton already!! We will be paid to translate for a group of students coming next month from Boston. We will travel to rural Quiche and spend the week building. They also arrange for the group to spend a "day in the life" of a Mayan woman, learning to milk the cows, make tortillas, clean the clothes, weaving etc!!! No Maytag in sight for sure! Maybe down by the river!
So my journey into Homeopathy is giving me not only training in this wonderful system of medicine, it is giving me the most rewarding relationship I could ever imagine with my youngest daughter. Life is as good as it gets!