The last ten years of my life have been a mix of incredible highs and devastating lows. Looking back I have been plagued with pain, illness or some other symptom on and off for most of that time. I now know it was all stress related.
My last encounter with chronic pain started a few months ago when I was struck with severe sciatica and back pain. I had had it two years previously and had been treated with prolotherapy which I now know worked only as a placebo.
Within a week I had spiralled into a very dark place of pain, depression, anxiety and fear. I have two children and everytime I looked at them I felt such despair and guilt that I almost couldn't bear to be around them.
I had been searching the Internet for any sign of hope when I stumbled across the work of Dr Sarno. I read his book 'the mindbody prescription' and could see myself on every page. It gave me hope but after applying his teqniques for a week or two I hadn't progressed much and was still struggling immensely. I decided to see if there was anyone in the UK that did similar work and thank god I found Georgie.
I contacted her and I haven't looked back since. The SIRPA recovery programme has been the toughest and most challenging thing I have done but it has also been the most worthwhile.
I'm only 2 months into my journey, but I have learnt so much about myself and now realise that actually although at the moment I still have some pain sometimes it's ok because the most important thing is that I have my life back, my children have their mummy back and my husband his wife back. All the fears that kept me a prisoner to the pain are diminishing every day and that's what counts. I know I will continue to improve and know I am now in control and that is an amazing feeling.
I will continue to use some of the strategies Georgie taught me to help me deal with stress in my life and I know I will continue on my own personal journey to help me cope with whatever happens on the future, but now thanks to Georgie it is a journey I want to take.
I would never have progressed so much without her unwavering support and guidance and for that I will be eternally grateful.
Thank you x
Summer 2013: "I am really good thanks and as my mother in law recently said, I am a different person than I was a year ago. I'm not sure I am actually but because I now know myself so well I deal with everything so differently. I have no pain at all of any emotional cause, but if any symptoms do crop up (although they rarely do) I stop and think about why I've got them and what might be going on emotionally. I then go back to basics and work from there. As you know the symptom doesn't then hang around for long!"
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