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Hopper: Awakening the healing to break cycle of chronic illness

It’s 8 a.m. and the alarm clock has gone off twice already. In fact, Candy has spent the last two hours trying to cheerlead herself out of bed so she can get her eight-year-old son ready for school.

“Wake up honey,” she says with a fake smile, trying to hide the pain and discomfort she is in.

She spends the next 45 minutes just managing to get him dressed and feed him a bowl of cereal.

Secretly she is counting down the minutes until she can go back to bed again.

Sleep is the only thing that her body wants, just sleep.

Yet no matter how much sleep she gets, she continues to feel exhausted all of the time.

She is in a constant state of brain fog, with little ability to focus on anything.

The pain and exhaustion is almost more than she can take.

Chronic fatigue syndrome was the diagnosis that she was given by her doctor.

Labelling it was not much help though, because even with the diagnosis there was nothing that the conventional medical system could do for her.

Then she tried the alternative route and spent thousands of dollars on all kinds of therapies, some even managed to help the pain a bit, but nothing helped with the overwhelming exhaustion.

She feels as if she is slowly dying. Life has become a matter of survival, just trying to make it through the next minute, the next hour, the next day.

She safe guards her energy like a precious commodity as she knows that the there is always a cost analysis associated with any task.

If she goes to the store she knows that she will spend the next three hours in bed trying to recover.

And on top of the chronic exhaustion, she has also developed a super human sense of smell and can pick up on any chemicals in the environment.

Perfumes and fabric softener fumes have become the number one enemy and any exposure causes additional neurological symptoms along with a complete energy crash.  Going for a walk is now even more challenging then it was before.

Not only because of the chronic fatigue and pain, but now she has to worry about when the next sudden “dryer attack” might take her down.

As a counsellor, Candy is well informed about the subtleties and complexities of illness.

She had explored every route possible, yet still came up empty handed in trying to understand and recover from this mysterious illness. But one day that changed.

After being directed to my web site by a friend, Candy recognized that she was suffering from a limbic system impairment in her brain that was keeping her in a cycle of chronic illness.

She immediately signed up for the dynamic neural retraining system program and well, the rest is kind of like a fairy tale.

Candy is fully recovered and is a firm believer in the healing power of neuroplasticity.

I am happy to report that Candy is now a part of our team in helping to facilitate global healing while promoting a message of environmental awareness.

Along with being a certified dynamic neural retraining system facilitator, Candy is also a registered clinical counsellor who has years of experience in dealing with trauma and chronic pain.

If you would like to experience your own personal recovery, please join Candy Widdifield and I for the next dynamic neural retraining system program for B.C., taking place in Victoria,  July 30 to Aug. 1.

For more information or to register please email Candy at candy.widdifield@gmail.com or call 778-821-1745.

Annie Hopper is a brain retraining specialist and core belief counsellor in Kelowna.

 

www.anniehopper.com

 

 

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