I had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for approximately 17 years and Hypothyroidism for 12 years. When I was first diagnosed with RA, not realizing there were other options available to me, I followed my Doctor's orders and took my medication faithfully.
Initially my health improved, the pain and stiffness became manageable and I started being able to function some what normally again. A couple years after the RA diagnosis, I was also given a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism, and then acid reflux, and then osteopenia. My life was becoming one health challenge after another. Not so good for a 20 something fresh out of college and looking to start her new life!
I wondered how I ended up so sick. I had always been a very healthy child and now I had a daily dose of pills that were suppose to keep everything in check. But it wasn't working anymore. I was getting increasingly more pain and stiffness and increasingly less range of motion, mobility, and strength.
The pain from the RA left me exhausted and what little energy I had left was drained away by the hypothyroidism. I hardly slept because of the chronic pain I was in, which led to more exhaustion and fatigue, which just led me back to even more pain. It became a vicious cycle which led me down the road of OTC sleeping pills at night, prescribed pain killers during the day, and the constant threat of depression just looming around the next corner. Its a wonder I could function at all!
Then something awoke in me. I started to see this pattern of the more medication I took, the more illnesses I developed, and the more my quality of life was eroding away before my eyes! By the way I felt I just absolutely KNEW that by the age of 30 I was going to be in a wheel chair, and that was my future - Pretty sad. I made choices in my life based on that future.
But there was another part of me, a part that just stubbornly refused to let me give up. It refused to give in to the Doctor's words of "You'll just have to learn to live with this because there isn't any cure." And I am eternally grateful for that special part of me. The part that wouldn't let me die but forced me to live and seek out the healing I so desperately wanted, needed, and deserved!
I started my journey of discovery and healing back in 2008. I explored different alternative and natural medicines and gained much wisdom and insight from my experiences, but still did not find the complete healing I was truly after.
It was in 2011 that I was first introduced to the idea of using my own body's energies to heal myself from the RA by my Shiatsu Massage Therapist and my husband. Not knowing exactly where to start, I went to the internet and just started searching. Eventually I found a website that seemed to be authentic in the information they shared. I ordered a book called "Energy Medicine" and started to put into practice the energy techniques and exercises that this book demonstrated.
It was through this book that a different type of healing started to take shape. I wasn't healed yet, but I could feel that something was happening and I knew I needed to share this with others, so I enrolled in their Certification Program. During my first year of training I healed the RA. By the middle of my second year of training I had healed my hypothyroidism and many of the other symptoms I was plagued with. My final healing was brought about through my study with Self-Realization Fellowship, (SRF). SRF allowed the spiritual healing that was needed that the Certification Program didn't offer. Since becoming part of SRF my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing and transformation has been truly magnificent! It is an amazing process discovering just how intertwined emotional and spiritual healing is to the actual physical healing of the body.
My illnesses have become my biggest blessing and my best advocate for what I do. I understand what it means to be in chronically debilitating pain. I understand how the lack of sleep creates more pain and brings on cycles of depression. I understand the frustration of slowly watching your disease claim all those parts of your life that you love. And I understand the guilt that can often times accompany a chronic condition or disease. The guilt that you don't want to be a burden to anyone yet need their help just to make it through the day. I get it.
I get it at the level that only those plagued with some kind of long term illness or chronic disease will understand. And because of that, I have decided to dedicate my life helping individuals get their quality of life back and regain their zest and love for their life. I hold the hope for them when they only see despair and rejoice with them as they accomplish their goals - no matter what their size.
Sincerely and with the purest of hope that you find exactly what you are searching for..... - Shari Ramirez