Thoughts on the world, homeopathy, mindfulness and food...
A collection of blog posts - feel free to respond with your thoughts and comments - I love to have feedback - thank you!
My sister is quite remarkable. She can sing, dance, act, build things, has met Paul McCartney, got me backstage onto The Lion King sets, was way ahead of me with half the things we did as kids (especially the 'naughty' ones) despite being 2 years younger than me. She can wind me up better than anyone else on the planet - I've so much learning still to do!! But none of those are the reason for writing here today.
What is relevant here is that I see she has faced her recent challenge with grace, humour, humility (and clearly, sometimes some tears, grumpiness and those emotions you'd expect from hurtling through life then finding a fist sized tumour in your head) and done a lot of rolling up her sleeves and getting on with healing from it.
I asked if she'd write a few words for the blog here on how she's integrated the various options available as I think that could be helpful for many others. For me, it's not a world of black and white, of shoulds and should nots. Homeopathy or conventional medicine. It's a grey place (actually filled with beautiful colour but stay with me on the analogy.. I'll try not to mention 50 shades...) with uncertainty, dancing our way on a path of our choosing that makes sense to us. Not to the neighbour, the friend or the friends' cats' uncle. They aren't what's going on here. Use what works to you. Research what you can, understand where you're aiming to go (but equally don't go mad - you could read and research forever and be even more confused than when you started), and start walking.
So without further chat from me, here's Ruthie and her story with reference to how homeopathy has been a part of that challenge:
On the15th of August 2016 I got my front wheel of my bike caught in a tram track and fell off my bike hitting my head on the road and getting numerous bruises and grazes, fortunately I was wearing a bike helmet so it wasn't too serious at the time. On arriving home I took my usual arnica to help reduce the massive bruises that were coming up down both legs and put hypercal on the graze on my arm where I had donated 6 inches of skin to the road!
The following day I felt drowsy and mildly sick so ended up heading to A&E. Having had a CT scan we received the news that I had a ‘lesion’ on my brain. I was immediately admitted to the neurological ward and remained in hospital for 4 nights having further scans and blood tests.
Having been discharged for a week, I located a GP homeopath who I consulted for further advice and was advised Aconite for the shock and grief due to the trauma of the event as well as using then also using the Banerji protocols. On returning to see my consultant I was shocked when I saw the size of my tumour and knew that I had to have surgery - it was about 8cmx6cmx6cm and I had no idea how it fit in my head without having affected me - instant nausea on seeing it!
I had, until this point felt to be in a difficult situation. I know that there are some theories that state that if a tumour is encapsulated it can be best to leave it in situ rather than removing it so as not to disturb the cells however upon seeing the size of it, I now knew that I needed to have surgery.
There was an ongoing pull-push that I felt to be in – I was aware of work going on around the world, working with homeopathic and more natural type therapies, without the conventional drugs, and having used complementary therapies myself for a long time there were certainly decisions to be made. Some family preferred the sound of that and others wanted me to use from the conventional route i.e. surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy as well as backing it up by using complementary therapies.
I have in the end decided to follow my own path, I have had surgery, supported by homeopathy, radiotherapy, supported by homeopathy and am now having chemotherapy, supported by homeopathy. I have astounded all my doctors and consultants by how fast and well I have healed during every step of the way. I have also used a significant amount of supplements, am also taking iscador, LDN, CBD, using an infra red sauna and following a dairy, sugar and gluten free diet mainly based on vegetables.
I recently had my first scan post radiotherapy and was informed that the tumour has shown ‘some response to treatment’. At this point, we are waiting to find out how much response but, having been told that it would be unlikely for the tumour to shrink, any response and shrinkage can only be a good thing!
I will continue to use homeopathy in my recovery and every day life as I believe that it has supported me and sped up my recovery times as well as helping my body look after itself during what has been a massive life changing event.
Thanks for reading! If you want to follow her more her blog is here.
Here's Ruth with her lovely wife Lel.
Ruth is on the left of the pic and Lelly the right. Lel does my graphic design and printing, and is just as remarkable as my sister. And better with graphics packages ;)
I'm a Homeopath working in the Skipton (North Yorkshire) area. I am also able to offer food intolerance testing using Kinesiology and advice around diet and lifestyle.
Em Colley Homeopath
Practitioner of Classical Homeopathy
BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience
Laughter Yoga Leader
Focussed Mindfulness Practitioner
Dip (SNHS) Kinesiology
Dip (SNHS) Holistic Nutrition
Certificate in Whole Food, Plant Based Nutrition