Friday, 21 November, 2008 1:23 AM
Defeating an “Incurable”
Illness - Victim describes how she accomplished her own Recovery
patients, and researchers need to pay attention to her extraordinary
contribution,” famed doctor says.
Place to Go- One Woman’s Complete Healing of Body and Spirit"
New Jersey --
In the U.S. alone there are an estimated 300,000 cases of scleroderma,
an auto-immune disease which is grotesquely disfiguring, debilitating,
and kills hundreds every year. It is also a hard illness to diagnose.
Maureen Taylor, real estate agent and former registered nurse in
NYC, suffered for two years with confusion and fear about the changes
in her body and spirit. Imagine experiencing relief, as she did,
when told, “You have a disease caused by the production of
too much collagen which hardens the connective tissue throughout
the body – skin, lungs, heart, and kidneys – eventually
everything hardens,” her physician told her, “We don’t
know what causes it, and we don’t know how to cure it.”
That dark scenario, that death sentence, could be a fatal blow for
many who would just give up. Fortunately Maureen Taylor, author
of “A Place to Go- One Woman’s Complete Healing of Body
and Spirit,” (www.maureenshealing.com)
is no quitter. Taking hope from the fact she now knew with what
she was dealing, Taylor launched her own attack on the disease,
despite hands and feet incapacitated by swelling, fingers which
looked like claws, and a face that was a “ghoulish caricature”
of her former attractive self. Knowing members of her Irish family
had succumbed to similar symptoms also inspired her to keep fighting.
She just did not buy there was “no such thing as recovery”
from the illness. After a two year search she found the first doctor
to accurately diagnose her: Dr. Hal Whitman, a specialist in New
York and New Jersey. The supervising physician throughout her trials,
he provided her with conventional treatments including steroids
and antibiotics. Dr. Whitman also penned the “Forward”
to Taylor’s book, describing her “stunning defeat”
of her illness “using a regimen which is ‘considerably
less toxic than strong medical drugs’.”
What was that regime, that contribution? Imagine a woman who could
barely walk, in constant pain, every visible body surface disfigured,
with no familial support, and a husband resentful of her illness.
Now see her experiment with, and find, a road back to fully restored
health finding and using the following resources: Macrobiotic diet
(no dairy, wheat, yeast, meat, sugar or caffeine), short walks gradually
increasing in exercise levels, meditation, yoga, Tai Chi Chih, and
much more! One method Taylor swears by is that she constantly visualized
herself as being in good health, thus visualizing the success she
actually gained - over a period of 7 years, she healed herself.
Taylor acknowledges the importance of having a physician partner
to help you, but says, “I became an active agent in my healing,
engaging in a planned, positive and prescribed practice designed
to get me well.” Now, ten years later, Taylor still enjoys
the sense of peace she earned with her journey, and is completely
recovered; her skin is healthy and supple - clear of the effects
of scleroderma, the “incurable disease” which almost
claimed her life.
About Maureen Taylor
Born in Ireland, Maureen Taylor, (www.maureenshealing.com),
author of “A Place to Go – One Woman’s Complete
Healing of Body and Spirit”, now lives in New Jersey. She
works full-time as a real estate agent and is still a part-time
nurse. She is also a certified teacher in Tai Chi Chih and Qi Gong.
She has experienced an unheard of complete recovery from the progressive,
deadly and disfiguring disease of scleroderma.
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