Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical! These are the immortal words of legendary New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra! While Yogi’s math was a little off, his sentiment was right on! And the same holds true for those of us recovering from a chronic health condition. Our mental attitude is paramount! More to the point, what we believe is the key our recovery!
If you believe what the medical community, the Michael J Fox Foundation and all the various Parkinson’s societies around the world are espousing, that this condition is degenerative, progressive and incurable, then your chances of recovery are almost nil. If, on the other hand, you believe that this condition is curable and that you will recover, then you will!
You may have seen the video of the fellow who has been using dance to neutralize his symptoms. When he received his diagnosis, he was told that he could expect to live normally for about five years, after which his condition would get progressively worse and he would eventually end up in a wheelchair. Can you imagine hearing this!? Perhaps you did!
What a thing to tell someone! First, it’s simply not true [I started experiencing symptoms 13 years ago and I’m not in a wheelchair. I’m doing just fine. I’m still driving and I don’t take medication!]. Second, what a way to dash someone’s hopes. To tell them, essentially, they have no chance. Fortunately, the fellow didn’t listen to his neurologist. Nor should you! Too many people have recovered their health for us to believe that our condition is incurable.
What if, instead, we had been told by our neurologist that we were experiencing an adverse neurological condition. Our neurotransmitter’s are out of balance from being in a chronic state of stress due to the thoughts we have been thinking [because this is in fact, what is going on in our bodies], and in order to recover our health we need to change our thoughts, remap our brain and retrain our body. It is conceivable our experience would be entirely different.
It is conceivable that rather than throwing our welfare into the hands of our neurologist, taking medication and hoping for the best, we would have taken the bull by the horns and gotten down to the serious business of recovering our health. Change my thoughts? I can do that! Eat healthy foods? I can do that! Get plenty of exercise? I can do that! Meditate? I can do that! Laugh a lot? I can do that! Etc!
Not only is it important that you believe you can recover, it is also critical that you believe in your protocol, whatever that protocol is. Bianca Molle’s protocol of choice was a 3 hour a day qigong practice. John Gray focused on supplements. David Thompson emphasized detoxification. Howard Shifke focused on diet, qigong and meditation. John Coleman used a combination of modalities. All recovered their health! Whatever your protocol, if you believe it will work, it will!
I believe I will recover my health! I have believed this since day one! If the body can heal from a cut or broken bone, it can heal from anything! I also believe [based on my experience] that I have some things to learn [perhaps, to teach others] and once I’ve learned what I need to, I will recover!
Have an awesomely believable day!