by Nancy G., Toronto
When I woke that Thursday morning three years ago, it began like any other. I was tired and uninspired by what seemed like a regular workday — with all the stresses that entails. When I arrived at the office — late for a 9 a.m. call to review a fairly challenging project — I was not expecting that in the time I stood waiting for the elevator I would decide it was time to change my life … and that the catalyst would be a mom saying goodbye to her severely autistic child.
With the exception of the 4th floor, which was occupied by the design agency that had employed me since May 2000, the building where I worked is home to the Geneva Centre for Autism. That morning I stood and watched as parents came to drop off their children; some appeared completely detached while others were more obviously distressed, and I wanted to know their stories. I felt compelled to stop and reach out to one particular mother and her child; I could only offer a good morning and a smile but in my gut I knew that my personal fulfillment would be achieved through helping others feel happier and healthier. Since that epiphany, I've spend the last few years figuring out how to embark on a new journey.
As an account director for a brand-marketing agency, I have had the opportunity to manage projects in both the private and public sectors, and the assignments I found by far the most fulfilling were in the health care category. Two major assignments I worked on were for mental health hospitals; during the initial research process that often involves speaking to employees as well as families and patients of these organizations. I was drawn to the compelling personal stories and frequently dismayed that modern medicine could not domore for these patients and their families.
What I came to understand about myself is that I am fascinated by the human psyche, and when I loked at my personal interactions with family, friends, co-workers and even my business clients, I realized that I was constantly inviting people to open up to me. I became vey interested in counselling, so I enrolled in a course at the Transformational Arts College and continued studying an alternative form of energy therapy called Health Kinesiology (similar to Touch For Health). It was a challenging year, and I found it difficult to balance work and family while dedicating time to my studies, but I knew it was the right path for me.
At this point, my experience with homeopathy had been limited to the occasional prescription of pellets from my naturopathic doctor - the most marvellous of which was a dose of hypericum after the epidural during the birth of my third child had left me with intense sciatic pain. The advice from bothe the nurse and my doctor was to give it time and it would resolve itself, but time was not an option for me when I was caring for a three year old, a one year old and a newborn. I became frustrated with the fact that if my problem could not be measured in a blood test, seen on an X-ray or labelled and suppressed by a pharmaceutical drug, there appeared to be nothing else that could help. As a mother, I started turning more and more often to alternative medicine; I feel that it gives people more options and control over their well-being.
I continued my studies in Health Kinesiology, and when I reach an intermediate level, our instructor introduced the class to homeopathy. My passion for homeopathy began and grew from there. Curious to learn more, I began reading a number of books on homeopathy and still I continued to crave more knowledge and understanding of the science of homeopathy. I feel that I have finally found a discipline that will allow me to merge my passion for people and healing.
Why homeopathy? As I stated earlier - my motivation is to help people feel better, happier, and healthier. As a homeopath, I hope to fulfill this vision.