For many years I was on an endless search for an answer to my many health problems. As a child I suffered from strep throat, which I had every winter, and started on the endless road of antibiotics. My tonsils were finally removed as an adult, after being on antibiotics on and off for two years. I also had chronic bronchitis which lasted all of my life and at one point progressed into pneumonia and pleurisy, having to once again take other medications along with antibiotics. A bike accident, where I lost my two front teeth and had nerve damage, at the age of 8 was the onset of an overwhelming amount of dental work over the years, using anesthesia and pain pills.
By the time I reached the age of 17 I was diagnosed with my first ulcer which introduced more drugs into my system and lasted for many years. Along with regular medication was the use of alcohol which only compounded my existing health problems. This was only the beginning of a downward spiral.
In my twenties my bladder was damaged during surgery and after two days of leaving the hospital the bladder was severely over distended and filled with poisonous toxins. I looked nine months pregnant and was near death before being taken to the hospital. I was injected with diuretics daily and lost 15 pounds in one week. This regimen left me weak and yet I was on medication for many days after.
I had a few car accidents along the way causing years of back problems. I was always in pain daily because of this and other trauma to my back. I eventually had a disc fusion in my neck as a result of one of these accidents. My stress level was very high, so in addition to the almost regular medications I took other drugs to deal with the increasing pain and depression.
Over the years I have been diagnosed with arthritis, tendonitis, tonsillitis, chronic bronchitis, strep throat, migraines, herniated discs, ulcers, pneumonia, pleurisy, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel, tumors, cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, had two minor nervous breakdowns, and was twice told that there was a possibility I had cancer. Thankfully after removal of a tumor it was not cancerous.
This covers for the most part the medical part of my story. There is an emotional element which made an already desperate situation much worse to deal with. This includes the life situations that happen such as divorce, being a single parent, financial instability, loss of jobs/homes/relationships and the most damaging being the loss of many family members over the past few years.
After eleven surgeries and the many losses in my life, I felt hopeless and depressed with no solution in sight. After my husband’s death I began to search for a more spiritual solution to all of these problems. It had definitely helped my emotional state, yet physically I was still struggling and could not overcome the ongoing pain and illness.
Not too long ago I was at the point where I could hardly get out of bed and was holding on to things just to walk, had constant swelling in my feet and ankles and was only able to complete one task at a time followed by icing my back and resting for a minimum of two days. I was becoming very fearful that it wouldn’t be too long before I would need help. The thought of having my daughter take care of me was so depressing. I didn’t want to burden her and felt more hopeless than ever.
My friend Rose introduced me to Jo-Rei by sharing her story with me. I was so desperate for an answer. I had tried so many other things without any lasting success. The symptoms and pain I was experiencing daily are subsiding and I am already able to function to a much greater degree than I have been in years.
As a result of Jorei my spirit is much brighter and I am no longer in fear of not being able to care for myself anymore. I am filled with so much gratitude and hope knowing I can once again, after all these years, live a life free from constant illness and pain.
I am on the path to wellness and a deeper sense of inner peace which is far more than I could ever have hoped for. It is comforting to know that I do not walk this path alone. Last month I became initiated into Jorei and have now been able to break the chain of illness in my family. I feel very blessed and honored to be part of this wonderful organization. There are no words to express my deep regard and respect for Yoshi and Harumi for sharing this gift with me.