From Jane C., RN, Irvine, California
I don’t believe there are accidents in life—my journey to Homeopathy is exactly that, an adventure with many hills and valleys that have lead me to this point and to The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. When I was younger, joining the medical field was not something I had ever entertained—I never really knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up,” but my parents never pressured me into becoming a doctor like most other Asian parents. But being the oldest child in my family, I always had a drive to do well in school and please them, despite them never pressuring me to do well in school. There has always been a bit of a perfectionist living inside me, with this unexplained drive to excel in subjects when I put my mind to it.
Fast forward to my 20’s. I eat plenty of processed food, fast food, anything that’s convenient. I have been going to one too many parties, having a little too much alcohol at said parties and discover a mass in my left breast at the age of 24, at the peak of my feelings of invincibility. After two surgeries, the doctor’s informed me I had “angry breast tissue” and that I needed to be monitored regularly for a very long time. After those surgeries, I began having more health issues: acid reflux, GI issues, post nasal drip, fatigue, etc. I tried eating a low-fat diet and tried to do the right things. I went to several doctor’s appointments and their prescriptions did not help. After a battery of tests, they still didn’t know what to prescribe to me that would help with my health issues. I got desperate and started looking into alternative medicine, to find some sort of relief from my symptoms. Two years ago, I found a Naturopath and she put me on a ton of supplements. That program helped with some of my adrenal fatigue, but provided no relief for the rest of my symptoms. Over the past 6 months, I’ve been researching more about diet, stress, sleep and lifestyle. I’ve been avidly doing research and have been trying out different things to see if any of these changes will help. My diet and stress changes have made an incredible difference—I was actually a bit upset that no one had ever told me about these things before! It was only through self-education that I was able to start finding some healing.
When I was in nursing school, besides loving learning about pathophysiology, the thing I really loved was that I felt like I could make a real impact. I really loved the aspect of patient education and empowering the patients help themselves. I love learning and sharing information I learn so that others can get help too—this is what gives me energy. After I got my RN license, I got a job at a medical center doing informatics work (which is clinical information technology) and not working with patients. Although this work was gratifying in a different way, I have longed to help people in a way that’s deeper than what I can do with nursing. Two months ago, I was asked to train an integrative medicine physician at work—she was the missing link that connected me to Homeopathy. I spoke with her and we immediately connected. I asked her what field of study I should go into so I could help people and she immediately responded with “Homeopathy.” She stated that it just works and there’s no side effects—I was intrigued. No side effects? And it heals the body from the inside out? I had to learn more. I did more research and stumbled upon CCHM’s website. Your accreditation, clinic hours with registered homeopaths, an offering of Holistic Nutrition, combined with the fact that I’m engaged to someone who currently lives in Toronto made me feel like this was the place that I was meant to study. I am currently undergoing treatment with a homeopath to help resolve the last of my symptoms and am treasuring this journey. I thought it was important for me to be a patient, not only to heal, but to also understand what it’s like to be a patient.
I finally feel like I have found something that is my calling and I’m very excited to start my education at CCHM!
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