As some of you may know - my friends and family - I developed a spinal cord injury as a result of radiation necrosis that resulted in paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down). Without going into too much detail, I was diagnosed and received chemotherapy and cranio-spinal radiation treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in December 2000 to May 2001. Although I had successfully recovered from the treatment, my spine was overradiated and the stress of living in northern Virginia at the time triggered the onset of my eventual paralysis and wheelchair confinement in 2003. Imagine me living about 5 minutes from the Pentagon and feeling the impact of the plane that hit the building complex, then the continuing barrage of conflict afterwards...anthrax attacks, West Nile virus...then the D.C. sniper shootings. Which hit even closer to home when a neighbor of mine was shot in a local Home Depot parking lot. No rest for the weary.
The unanticipated changes in my physical condition initially caused emotional and mental pain that forced me to adapt to dramatic life changes that prevented me from fulltime employment, living independently without assistance and pursuing my avocation of theatre and dance. Thank goodness for the loving support of my friends and family and my prior Reiki training...
Paraplegics have to face the everyday challenges of living with their physical condition. Overradiation to the brain and spinal cord can result in paralysis, loss of feeling in the back, abdomen and legs, involuntary muscle spasms in the body and legs, back pain, bed sores, neuropathy, constipation, and total loss of bowel and bladder control. Besides throwing you into early menopause the physical changes can also cause chronic sleep deprivation resulting in fatigue, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating during the day, and moodiness.
Prior to my illness, I lived in northern Virginia and worked as a computer network analyst in Bethesda, Maryland. I was also very active as a dancer and performer with a Hawaiian dance school, in fashion shows in the Pacific islands and the West Indies, and studied Yang style tai chi. Here are a few pictures of me in those days:
Because I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma years ago and was very new to the Reiki world then, I learned to integrate therapeutic grade essential oils with energy healing to enhance the healing experience and overall wellbeing. It was a difficult process while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, but I consider it all a blessing and am very grateful for my fellow Reiki practitioners and aromatherapy researchers who shared their gifts with me during that time.
Right now I live in an apartment which is not wheelchair accessible. With the rising costs of gas, personal care services and medical visit co-pays, supplies and transportation to appointments along with monthly living costs, I'm simply just getting by.
In 2005, 2 years after I arrived in California, I happened to find out about Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment (HBOT), which is THE STANDARD of CARE for Radiation Necrosis. You can find out more on this at http://www.hbot4u.com/ and other hyperbaric clinics online.
Imagine how I felt realizing that, had I gotten this treatment years ago in Maryland, I WOULD BE WALKING RIGHT NOW!
When I approached my medical group about hyperbarics, I was denied because it was TOO LATE and there is NO HOPE. I asked to be referred to a rehab medicine doctor who could evaluate my treatment options and hyperbaric oxygen treatment. But my requests were denied. One doctor asked me, "Why even bother with physical therapy? Most people just give up because it's too hard." According to one hospital I didn't fit the treatment protocols; I had to get treatment within 6 months of the injury. BUT...if I needed dental surgery, I could get about 40 treatments. Now, doesn't that sound like a cockamamie loophole? No, we won't do it this way, but yes, we could do it that way....
To treat my spinal cord injury, I'd need a minimum of 80 daily hyperbaric sessions, ideally around 120 sessions. Local hospitals charge between $1000 to $1500 per treatment, totaling $100,000 to $150,000 USD.
Last year I managed to get funding assistance for 50 sessions at a private clinic nearby that only charges $150 per session.
And even with a smaller number of treatments, I experienced increased nerve and muscle tissue response and improved bodily functions, even months afterwards.
In addition, holistic healing with Reiki, aromatherapy and herbal supplements has helped me to get off anti-spasmodic medication, steroids, and blood thinners (daily Heparin shots and aspirin). It was an enormous relief to stop experiencing the side effects of those things!
I've been urged by the HBO clinic director to get more hyperbaric treatments along with aggressive physical therapy.
That means $18,000 for 120 daily treatments and at least another $2,000 for transportation (possibly more depending on the transport company).
Your support is greatly appreciated by contributing via the Donate button below which pays for either a single treatment of $150 or in smaller amounts of $50 and $25. Or go to the Paypal website, http://www.paypal.com/, and send your contribution to one of my email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You do not need a Paypal account to send money, which you can do with either your bank savings or checking account, or credit card. If you prefer to send me a contribution by postal mail, email me at either of the above addresses so I can give you my postal address.
Any amount you contribute...will help me reach my goal of $20,000 to pay for the costs of hyperbaric treatment. By going to a local private clinic, the Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics facility in San Bernardino, California, the costs are greatly reduced and your contribution can make a HUGE difference!
I also have a link to this blog on my Passion 4 Living holistic healing website, http://www.passion4living.org/. There you'll get an idea of how I got myself Completely Off Medication and have been doing so for nearly 4 years now. Checkout the Reiki FAQs and Attunements pages.
Ultimately I hope to become a motivational speaker and certified instructor in tai chi and fitness. I've started this process for myself with my Reiki practice and found a certification program run by a member of the American Tai Chi Association, http://www.easytaichi.com/. With your support I can share my experiences with this treatment on the blog and continue my efforts to share vital information for total health and wellness.
Thanks so much for your support. Ke Kmal Mesaul, Mahalo Nui Loa!