“If someone told you a year ago that you’d both be here about to get acupuncture, would you have ever believed them?”
“Beth,” I began, “I can beat that. If someone said 20 years ago that I’d be living in Israel and raising six kids…My life seems to be filled with actions and outcomes that I never expected.”
My road to acupuncture and alternative medicine has certainly been an interesting one…and not one that I ever expected.
Three years ago, a few days before my friend died of cancer, I threw out my back giving the kids a quick bath before I returned to her bedside. I couldn’t find relief through physical therapy, pain medication or anything else.
Beth knew that I was hurting, in many ways. “Just come for one session,” she said. “I promise I won’t hurt you, and you’ll see if it works.”
When I started having chronic problems with vertigo over a year ago, I tried everything that I could imagine. I went back to my general practitioner at least a dozen times, I tried every vertigo medicine on the market, I saw the neurologist and the ENT, and I explored my physical therapy options. And months later, when the room was still spinning and I was feeling lost, my general practitioner recommended that I see Beth.
Now why didn’t I think of that, I thought to myself? But what could acupuncture and Chinese Medicine possibly do for vertigo? I took myself, and my skepticism, to Beth’s door and she welcomed me with open arms. She is used to people being skeptical and she always says that the facts speak for themselves and she doesn’t have to talk her way through convincing people.
When I’ve told people what acupuncture has done for me, and I see that skepticism in their eyes, I reply that the facts speak for themselves. I see myself in their skepticism and I’ve tried to analyze what made me change (in addition to the fact that it’s working).
There are so many things in the world that we can’t explain; and sometimes we have to envision possibilities for ourselves that we never thought possible. This is something that I try to remind myself, as a look at a life that has taken so many turns, twists and unexpected changes. It’s something that I’m trying to raise my children to understand as well.
|My son, imagining possibilities through photography.|
Our medical issues can’t always be explained away by facts, tests and charts. Sometimes, we just have to put our faith in something extraordinary, something different, and believe that it just might work.