Self Healing Book
You Can Self Heal – An Introduction
The book is a map or a guide to the Self Healing process It is intended for those who currently have health issues but want to mobilize their own recovery systems
Recovery is a journey of a thousand steps.
It is not a race and there are no prizes for first place.
So it is important to take the time and measure each step along the way.
Recovery is a fine balance of patience and positive energy
So take the time and get well
My name is Anthony Wright and I am a brain tumour survivor. My recovery has been a very interesting journey; nine operations two radiotherapies, a week in a coma and a month in a wheelchair. Along the way I lost three quarters of my hearing, one balance nerve, and my face was surgically rebuilt. There were various symptoms, headaches, screaming car alarms in my head and dizzy spells. I was within four weeks of losing my sight and I lost the taste of food for an entire year.
In the end there was a life or death struggle on the operating table and I did actually expire for a short period.
There were many consequences. I could no longer walk and half my hearing was lost. In addition my face collapsed on one side and I was diagnosed with minor brain damage. The brain injuries presented the biggest challenges, typical brain fatigue, cognitive problems, dyslexia and depression.
In one sense both body and mind were quite comprehensively broken. But I refused to accept this and I wanted my life back.
These days I am very well. I can run two miles or walk ten, as required. In the average gym I can lift or push the heaviest possible weight in up to five machines. Now when I play golf, I actually beat my pre-condition scores.
By any definition I AM WELL!
This was a very special journey encompassing a complete “mind and body” approach to getting well and I have written down all the steps I took along the way.
The chapters in this book outline for you all the activities that I took in the recovery process.
It worked for me – it can work for you! You Can Self-Heal
Background – Why I Wrote This Book
If you are reading this book then I guess you, or someone close to you, has undergone a major medical trauma. My message to you is:
You Can Self Heal, You Can Get Well, You Can Get Your Life Back
Self Healing Goals
Understand the Self Healing Process
One of the least understood parts of the healing process is the immense drain on the body’s reserves and resources. A healing body places significantly greater demands on both the body’s physical reserves and mental stamina. It is very important to
address these issues and take action to provide the resources for the body to repair itself. This is why rest periods for both mind and body are important and why a quality diet is essential at this time. Physical or mental fatigue will reduce your will – understand this and take action.
Take the time, Self Healing takes time
Television and films often show the hero damaged or broken in the first scene and then running around and jumping like an Olympic athlete just 35 minutes later. It makes for a good story, but the real world is different. For example, one of the more minor issues I had to deal with was that I lost the touch / taste function on one side of my tongue. If you have ever drunk coffee that was too hot – and your tongue was just numb one side you will know what I am describing. The difference is this was on-going for many months. The nerve had not been cut or lost. It was just bruised from all the swelling, post operation. It took fully 12 months for full function to return – sometimes the body just takes time.
In the early part of recovery – set small goals
The more recent any medical intervention, the more damaged and weaker you will be. What is possible four months from an operation will be very different from what you can do four weeks from the same operation. In the past, the average stays in hospitals were weeks, sometimes months, for what today are considered minor operations. The modern way is that patients are sent home after just a few days. This means that you may go home before you are completely recovered.
It is very important in this early stage of the recovery not to put too many demands on your body. A few simple, small or easy goals will help your state of mind, without endangering your health. In the early days, safe and steady is a good plan.
When you are better, stronger the next stage is….
Find 101 reasons to get well – write them down
A large part of any recovery is your motivation. Most people are motivated by the volume and strength of the reasons behind their actions. In other words, the greater the cause or desire driving the activity, the greater the commitment to action will be. It also offers the greater chance of a successful outcome.
Work out in your mind all the reasons why you want to get well and all the things that you will be able to do as a consequence of recovery. Now write these down in your recovery diary. You should refer back to them on the days when things do not go quite so well.
The reasons “why” you do something are infinitely more important than the reasons “how”