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In 2009 my life adventure involved immersing myself in “vibrational” and nutritional healing experiences in preparation for surgery. As an complementary health professional, my mind was not in sync in the medical world which I had to trust for removal of a huge ovarian cyst.  I knew others found themselves  in this quandary and wanted to share helpful information.  Post surgery, my attentions were diverted to becoming ever more healthy.   Such is the nature of healing.

2013 – My body is functioning quite happily. I still practice massage. I am a seminary student in the United Metaphysical Churches 4-year ministerial program.  I recently have lost 20 lbs with a great nutritional program, and I’m willing to share my “secret” – just ask.  My focus has shifted from recovering to becoming incredibly well.

Once again,  having figured out my WordPress user name and password – I puzzle how to rearrange this blog so that it represents what I have to offer today.  So, as I gain technical skill in arranging my blog, it  a journal, and voice for a few friends who are proactive in supporting health and well-being on this planet, in this universe.

Speaking of friends, Gail Coffey is generously sharing her vast experience in the arena of wellness.  Her posts appearing on this page are listed on the Fresh Coffey page.

Enjoy!

Linda

With our first breath, we inhale. With our last, we exhale. In between we repeat this many times over. Almost anything else we do in life is optional. Breathing is not.

This is our connection to Life-force.  Breath is a gift we can use with no awareness, or we can use it to increase our awareness of Life-force enlivening our bodies and connecting us to one another and the Universe. We are breathing the same air as did Jesus, the Buddha, Abraham and Mohammed. We are all sharing the same molecules of air. So, I breathe with gratitude and honor you, my companions inhabiting this Divine Creation.

Happy New Year!

Our bodies are our homes in this lifetime. We cannot move into another one because we decide that our home is too big, too small, too restrictive, too uncomfortable or dilapidated. We have to take care of the home we have. Our home is most comfortable if we address its needs BEFORE it screams and becomes resistant or complacent. To do this, we have to learn to listen to our body, to feel. Unfortunately, nuanced feeling is generally overridden by the busy mind. Our home, our body then has to take more drastic action to get our attention.

Massage is a great tool for relieving pain. Massage can also help to prevent pain by quieting the mind and body, and calling attention to feeling, physical and emotional. What we feel, we can heal.

Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!
Linda
December 30, 2012

http://www.myhealthyhappybody.com.

The following is a series of e-mails sent to clients and friends to let them know I would be having surgery, with subsequent updates.
NEW ADVENTURE – February 24, 2009
Greetings, my friends!
 
For some of you this will be good news, for others it will be a surprise.
 
I have a surgery date: Monday, March 9, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center.
My surgeon is Dr. Abbie Fields.
I will be letting go of a very large (14 cm ovarian cyst) and a small mass.  While she’s at it, the Dr. Fields might opt to remove uterus and both ovaries. I’m voting not, if it is not necessary, but will be in no condition to discuss it at that point.  Happily, I am very impressed with her respect for the patient and her confidence and skill, and will trust her judgement.  She says I can expect 3 days in the hospital, and 3 to 4 weeks recovery time.
 
In case you are wondering, right now I feel great!
 
I have two weeks to organize my logistics to make this an extraordinary experience!  I am quite touched by the support all around me, and the opportunity this brings for releasing the old and welcoming the new!
I am doing whatever I know to do to prepare to recover quickly from this . . .green drinks, breathing, mediation, exercise, healing sessions, essential oils, castor oil packs, chia seeds.
 
I know that people have arrived on the operating table with nothing for surgeon to work on – and no logical explanation.  If you would like to hold that vision for me, along with me being in better shape after leaving the hospital than before entering it, that would be WONDERFUL.
 
This feels to me like a rite of passage. Into what, I don’t know – maybe menopause (to date my body has cheerfully behaved as if menopause does not exist), or something more profound.  Whatever it is, I am in the unique position of straddling the American Health Care System and the more traditional practices that actually contribute to health, so I will be journaling about the experience as a contribution to Health Care reform.
 
We each have our dramas.  This is part of mine at the moment.  As always, I’m interested in yours, as you have time and inclination to share.  I am grateful you are in my life, and I am in yours. 
 
I will be making calls over the next few days to reschedule massage appointments.
I plan to practice my “distance healing” skills while recuperating, so let me know if you’d like to be included.
 
Love, Linda
 
HOME AGAIN – March 12. 2009
Hi Everybody,
 
Thanks for notes & cards.
 
Bridget, daughter,  brought me home yesterday afternoon.
She has been amazing in helping me be comfortable in a world that sees things through a different lens.
 
Much to write about – what an amazing collection of experiences on so many levels. 
FYI briefly – removed:  large cyst attached to left ovary & fallopian tube, top of uterus.
Bonus removal:  healthy appendix
Have still: cervix & right ovary and all other useful organs! 
Using Traumeel (homeopathic remedy), some supplements and Chia seeds, not much need for hospital pain meds.
Assigned semi-private room – 12B.  Night one: bed in 12A broke, so no roommate! Therefore daughter Bridget spent night against regs, with permission (in rocking chair), and Sheli Sotiropoulos (nicknamed “sister”) arrived after hours for a visit.
Two surprise “music therapy” sessions – one tranquilizing & reflective with flutes (officially a music therapy mission) & one with soul reaching vocals of despair, praise & thanksgiving (spontaneous offering from lab tech Althea).
Excellent nutrition provided by house mate, Marilyn Hyde, stored by kind staff in refrigerator.
Tuning fork & foot massage from Rita Offer.
Room 12B felt immersed in healing energy and the kind and skilled nursing staff seemed to soften and relax in that space.
 
This has been a most amazing experience – will chronicle later. Today is sleeping & reading day.  I still am a bit sore and tired, and will honor my body letting me know it’s time to relax and recover.  I am well supplied with books, books on tape, and DVDs.  NetFlicks even sent me a free trial offer that expires the end of March!
Projected “recovery time” is three weeks.  Three weeks to practice consciously witnessing miracles . . . 21 days to create a habit.  This is quite a gift!
 
Thanks for your prayers and ongoing support.
 
Love, Linda

 

 
GETTING BACK TO WORK – March 27, 2009
Hi Everybody –
 
I have been given the official pronouncement of healthy recovery by my wonderful surgeon, Abbie Fields, MD!  I am recovering brilliantly – very little pain, and easily gaining in strength, flexibility and stamina.  According to literature, expected time before resuming regular activity after this surgery is 4 to 6 weeks.  Monday, March 30, marks the end of week #3.
 
My benchmarks for re-entry into full participation and attention to the outside world are to not need a very serious nap mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and to be able to be fully dressed without irritating any of my beautifully healing incision.  I expect to start with a few clients next week and resume almost full time massage practice by April 7. 
 
I am deeply grateful to everyone for all the e-mail, cards, phone calls, flowers, gifts, food, visits, healing sessions, excursions, and prayers, and maybe even that which I will never know of (thinking especially of Marilyn, Bridget & Drew). . . all of this makes recovery a magical journey.
 
Thank you!
Linda
 
 
WELLNESS JOURNEY  – March 27. 2009
Hello again!
 
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This e-mail is about co-creating health.  This journey gives me a lot to write about.  I will learn about blogging, and when I figure that out, I’ll send out one more e-mail, using my linda@myhealthyhappybody.com address, so if you’re inclined, you can read my ruminations without me clogging everyone’s mailbox.
 
Meanwhile, some recovery activities –
  • Family and friends have continued to remind me of how wonderful life is, and how wonderful the healing process is, and how wonderfully creative one can be in supporting another. That bit deserves its own separate story – later.
  • Wednesday, March 17, one week from leaving the hospital, was my first short drive in my car.  Since then I have taken longs walks in the park in the good weather and/or practiced Western Yoga (Peter Van Daam), driven to post-office, grocery store and self-care appointments (chiropractor, acupuncture, crainial-sacral/energy balancing, colonic sessions).  I will do more next week as well. 
  • Other than that, daily  I am doing castor oil packs, managing my supplement & enzymes with and without food regime, mega-napping and disappearing into two books, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  Pain has been minimal, which I attribute to the homeopathic remedy, Traumeel.
My subconscious actively kept me from getting too involved with worldly pursuits.
  • In my frenzy of preparing to stay at home, maybe in bed, for several weeks, I arranged, via computer, to have all my mail forwarded from my PO Box to my home (same zip code).  What I did not realize was that would delay all my mail delivery by two weeks as it went from post-office to Dulles and back to my post office – and that things like bank statements and other official mail would be returned to sender! 
  • I enjoyed reading e-mail on my cell phone. Good wishes came in daily!  And I deleted some notes and notices, knowing that, when I felt like sitting at the desk, I would get to respond to them on my computer.  Ha – when I finally back on the computer I backed up my phone, not realizing until a few days later that I had deleted them from the computer memory as well.
  • Ahh – life was so simple without snail mail and e-mail!  And now it’s time to re-connect.
Brilliant insight –
  • I will be 60 in 2012. Hypnotherapy would be easier on my body than massage therapy.  Plus, no sheets, can grow fingernails and wear long sleeves and skirts.  I already use elements of hypnotic trance work in my practice.  Why not explore a new career?
Yes, I am doing very well, and, thanks to you, appreciating the connections in wonderful world of mind/body/spirit more than ever.
 
Thank you for all your good wishes and works.  I hope to see or talk to you soon, in person!
 
Love, Linda
 
 
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Linda M MacDonald, CMT
www.myhealthyhappybody.com

Hello world!

This is my new blog, inspired by my adventure of surgery, and motivated by my desire to share what I’ve learned so far about being well.  You can find more infomation about me on my website “www.My Healthy Happy Body.com.”

As a work in progress, I will start with notes from my journal as the inspiration and shell, and fill in the details a bit at a time.