Thoughts from Ben Zander, famous conductor and proud Landmark Forum graduate
Before I was sick, one of my favorite things to do was lead introductions to the Landmark Forum. If you haven't heard of Landmark Education, they're a training and development organization. They say, they empower people to get what they want in life. I say, they are a true lifesaver.
Every good thing I created after the age of 32--my relationship with my family, my marriage, my company, my community projects--came from what I learned in that three-day seminar. Eight years later, even in sickness, Landmark is the best part of me. On my worst days, it reminds me to stay focused on what's actually happening (I feel pain, I am tired) rather than the story I make up about it (I'll never get better, I am dying). On my best days, it inspires me to focus on what's possible.
Last night was a perfect example of an action I took that I never would have taken as a result of my participation. Feeling frustrated about my current "undiagnosed" Lyme status, I decided to write an email to one of the world's leading Lyme Doctors (from the book Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies) asking for his advice on what to do next with my medical treatment; do further testing, do IV antibiotics, pursue co-infections, go natural, treat parasites, treat viruses, etc.
In the past, I would have killed this idea before ever taking any action. Thoughts like "He's not going to answer...I can't do that without paying him...He's not going to care....He's too important to bother" would have stopped me. Instead, I was able to focus on what was actually true about this situation: I am asking for advice. He will help or he won't.
Carefully, I compiled my lab results, symptoms, prescriptions, and emailed them to him for analysis. The result? A response within 24 hours and a new treatment option I hadn't considered before--completely herb based--developed in part for people like me (people who want/need an integrative approach to healing).
In his opinion, if Lyme or other tick borne illnesses are causing my symptoms, this will address it. If my problems are virus and/or parasite related, this could also help. He was also kind enough to send me a referral to another doctor that could work with me if I choose to go this route.
In fairness, I don't know what I am going to do yet. Will I consult with a doctor in Texas? Will I go natural? Time will tell (although I can say, I am leaning in this direction). In the meantime, it was great to be reminded....I am powerful, I have a say in how this goes, I have options.
Altered Today: Potential paths for healing, respect for the medical community.