My friend, Kate Varsava, Halifax Birthworker, Wombyn’s Summit Leader and Musician prepares for her own birth in the company of her beloved friends, yogis and fellow birthworkers. I was so inspired by her tale of being honoured with care, love and beauty that I asked to share her Instagram post with you.
“Yesterday my house filled up. Yesterday I was filled up.
From my bath, filled with warm water, rose petals, and lavender oil, where I was receiving a massage from the loving maiden hands of my sweet friend‘s daughter, I could hear the joyful chatter of wimyn gathering and organizing themselves. I was adorned with a gorgeous fresh flower crown made by my sister, had my hair fixed up, put on my precious jewels…when I emerged from my room, drawn by singing voices, I found my kitchen full of food, my living room full of flowers and ladies (and baby daddy), and my whole house full of beautiful, buzzing, nurturing energy, beaming faces, radiant beings.
I was passed a cup of Guatemalan cacao, sat on a thrown, and treated like a queen. Tender recollections of how we each met, supportive expressions of a belief in me to enter the role of mother, a showering of love to wash me in confidence and fill my heart beyond measure. A feast of the most nourishing foods, a dance party, gifts of herbs and plants and salves, potions, candles, and sacred objects…it was the most dreamy day I could have imagined.
I feel like the luckiest womyn in the world to have community to hold me so, to have a coven sister to organize everyone (I love you so much marapanacci), to now have a freezer full of meals for my postpartum, fresh flowers in every room, art to decorate my birth room, and a heart so full full full ?? Thank you, thank you, thank you to all you gorgeous wimyn and all you ladies sans IG ??
I truly believe that if all wimyn were treated this way by loving community: held up, made to feel strong, cared for, and trusted through their pregnancies and motherhood (our whole lives actually), the world would change, humanity would change, we would all be better off, healthier, and happier.”
I wanted to share this because “alternative” therapies are never given the respect that they deserve.
Back in December of 2015, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune and “incurable” condition,Grave’s disease, which affects the thyroid with pretty debilitating symptoms, including chronic fatigue (which led to muscle weakness), insomnia, heart palpitations, night sweats, irritability, radical and drastic internal temperature changes, shaking/tremors in my hands to the point where I could not hold up a fork to feed myself, or hold a pen to sign my name, menstrual hemorrhaging (which led to anemia, low iron and hemoglobin levels, and low energy levels), memory blanks, depression, and itchy skin. Instead of losing weight, which usually happens with Grave’s, I gained 25lbs. in a matter of a few weeks, which in rare cases, happens.
I was hesitant to try traditional meds because the side-effects were too damaging to the liver, without any guarantee that they would work. Plus, I would only be able to take those for up to 2 years max, due to their high toxicity. However, I promised my doctor that I would take them as prescribed.
I’m also a firm believer in attacking the “source” vs. the symptoms, and decided to complement traditional medicine with naturopathic supplements (for symptoms), as well as, homeopathic medicine to get to the source, even if their effects took longer. So, I started naturopathic and homeopathic treatment in December 2015 and conventional medication in February 2016. I also decreased my stress levels to zero and tried to exercise by walking every day, despite the chronic fatigue. By March, I was able to resume my full-time working hours.
After only one month of conventional treatment, I was symptom-free and the doctor had to cut the dose in half because my thyroid levels were on the low side of normal. A month later, they were still normal, so I only had to take them 2x/week and in June, I should be in remission.
The doctor, who was shocked at the results, said, “I hope you don’t think your alternative fluff had anything to do with it”, but considering that none of the healthcare practitioners has ever seen a Grave’s case go into remission in such a short period of time, I know it had everything to do with it. The naturopath actually said, “What I usually see is thyroids being removed in most cases”.
Also, as a side-effect from the homeopathy, I haven’t had to take one single anti-histamine this Spring, after suffering from severe seasonal allergies since my teens. The barometric pressure headaches, which I used to get every time it rained and were as painful as migraines, also decreased to a mild feeling of pressure and completely pain-free.
I’m elated! Thank you, Allyson! I love having you as part of my healthcare team!
“Hi Ally! Our local paper did a story on Brayden. It’s on my and Brayden’s Facebook page. I would like you to share and tell Brayden’s story and how you’ve used Heilkunst and the timeline to treat and cure her! If just one mom reads how the HPV vaccine almost destroyed my girl then maybe they won’t allow their daughter to receive it. I want people to read it from your wise perspective. My own Heilkunst treatment has also played a role in Brayden’s recovery. Always grateful for you in our lives! Brooks Sent from my iPhone”
Former Bearcat Auer overcomes challenges to keep playing volleyball (read full article here)
Courtesy photo/Brayden Auer (right) hits during a volleyball match for Northeastern Junior
College this past season. Auer, a Scottsbluff High School graduate, will continue her playing career at a Division III school in New York.
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:38 pm
JASON HANSELMAN For the Star-Herald
Brayden Auer nearly decided to give up on her dream of playing volleyball in college. After battling through a bout with seizures during high school career at Scottsbluff, Auer persevered.
“When I was playing basketball my senior year in high school, I had some issues with seizures,” she said. “I didn’t want to go out or quit knowing that I wasn’t able to be the best that I can be.”
Her determination and grit paid off. After graduating from Scottsbluff in 2013, Auer played for Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. She played at NJC for two and a half years and was a major contributor to the team’s success.
“When I made up my mind up to go on and play in college, my coach and I reached out to a couple of different schools and that’s when NJC invited me to play,” she said. “The school and people were friendly during my time there, but when I made the team my health was still an issue.”
Auer learned how to recognize and deal with the warning signs of an approaching seizure. Eventually, she was able to regulate her own practice and playing time with the endorsement of her doctors.
“I had to really grow up and make mature decisions about practice and my playing time because my condition isn’t something that a person can just tough out,” she said.
Although her health issues complicated her sporting career at NJC, she is grateful for the support and understanding from her teammates and coaches.
“My playing time was limited mostly because my condition affected my eyesight and my depth perception,” Auer said. “But now that my treatment is complete, I’m excited about the next two years.”
In fact, Auer was excited to report that she should be seizure free from this point forward.
Auer has many good reasons to be excited. She is moving to upstate New York to attend and play for Division III State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton, New York.
“Of course I’m excited and nervous, but I’m the kind of person that has always wanted to experience new things,” she said. “Actually, I’m even a little sad to go because it’s so far away from my family.”
Auer’s family supports her decision to go and play because sports and volleyball have always played a pivotal role in their lives. She credited her mom for most of her early success in volleyball.
“I grew up playing volleyball at the YMCA,” she said. “I think I attribute my love for the game to my mom, who played as a setter for Western Nebraska Community College. I especially remember when she did some coaching at Scottsbluff High School with Heidi Huck. I was a fifth or sixth grader and looked up to the girls on the team and wanted to be like them.”
She got that chance a few years later as she joined both the Bearcat volleyball and basketball squads. Playing on both of those teams helped Auer learn a valuable lesson.
“Even though we might not of had the greatest success as a team, we learned to play as a team and appreciate the ups and downs together,” she said. “Even though I had health issues, coach [Megan] Burda still pushed me to be my best and she counted on me to lead. That really helped me decide to go on and play in college.”
NJC enjoyed another tremendous season. The Plainswomen advanced all the wayi to the Region IX South Tournament championship before finishing runner-up to WNCC. Auer valued the experience of competing on a high level with one of the best teams in the region.
“It was really cool with us to go out and compete with WNCC because they were the highest competition we faced this season,” she said. “Coach Squier’s approach to discipline made all of us very mentally tough. It helped us not only be better players, but we all became better people too. We were taught to not cheat the system and to not cheat ourselves.”
Auer’s journey has been a unique one. Her story is about overcoming all odds and it continues to shape her into the person she wants to become.
“I think for me, since my health has always held me back, I am learning to play to the best of my ability,” she said. “I want to make a huge impact on my team and kind of prove myself all over again.”
Beyond sports, Auer has great advice for everyone who face challenges.
“There will always be down periods and moments when you want to tell yourself that you can’t do it,” she said. “People need to believe in themselves and understand that they can do things if they really want to. Don’t give up on hard work and determination. I was raised to push through things and not give up.”
Practitioner’s Notes from Patient File:
Note: Initial Consultation: “Seizures showed up after multiple (3 doses) of the HPV vaccine, send Brooks the blogs we’ve written on HPV and suggest she follow Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, Sanevax and Barbara Loe Fisher at the NVIC (National Vaccine Information Centre) for more information.”
Clearing Miasms (at one year mark): No seizure activity in several months
Here’s a link to the more detailed testimonial here:
“I have been meaning to send you (Ally) and Jeff photos of Maverick’s eczema healing for months now. I was astounded at how quickly his skin cleared up. He had been covered from head to toe in eczema for the first year of his life that would go through phases of cracking and bleeding through his clothing a few times a day. We could not use any products on his skin or clothing for washing except for coconut oil which only seemed to help the wounds from becoming infected. After 2 months of the eczema dropper it was gone and has never come back since. And furthermore, he is not sensitive to products anymore.”