Why Healing From a Chronic Illness Can Take So Long- And why you shouldn’t give up!
Healing can take a long time- but you shouldn’t give up!
Why can healing take so long?
1) We didn’t get sick overnight
2) The Body is a Whole
Healing is NOT easy. It’s not meant to be easy because our bodies are so complex. If you have one issue going on (like hypothyroidism) there is always going to be other systems out of balance (like the gut or liver). When we heal, we have to take into consideration all of these parts of the whole- gut, liver, lymph, adrenals, etc as well as the emotional healing side of things. You can’t neglect the emotional side while trying to heal the physical and I often see people think that there is no need to even heal past traumas.
It’s going to take time, commitment, faith, and a lot of patience to heal. Even though there are lot of things that are bundled into healing, we don’t need to make things complicated. If we look at healing in stages instead of trying to work on fixing ALL THE THINGS at once, it gets overwhelming and we’re bound to give up easily.
3) Healing is not Linear
Most of us grew up with the mentality of “take this and be cured”. That is an absolute lie that is perpetuated by conventional medicine. These days, most people are dealing with many nutritional imbalances, toxicities, and even chronic underlying infections. Healing happens in stages and in layers- you will feel better for a time, and then feel a bit worse as the body gets through the next layer. Healing reactions, healing crisis, die-off, no matter what you call it, it can happen. When we suppress symptoms for so long (with conventional medicine), we eventually have to deal with these things as they pop up.
Our bodies heal the way that THEY want to heal us, working from the most important layer to the least. Often, the last things to resolve are the things we want fixed the fastest- energy, weight loss, brain clarity, etc. Our bodies are meant to heal and they WILL if we give them time and the right tools. There will be ups and downs though- you will have good days and bad days, but as time goes on the good will start to outweigh the bad. A good rule of thumb that I learned when I first started my own healing journey- count on at least 1 month of healing for every year you’ve been sick.
4) Sometimes we just approach things incorrectly at first
There has been so much more info lately about about chronic infections (like Lyme and EBV), heavy metals, and parasites. More often then not, when we learn about these bad things we just jump right into trying to trying to eradicate, kill off, or detox these things. So many people overlook the basic foundational care that is needed before even attempting to work on these issues. You *have* to heal the gut, work on the detox system, clean up your environment, get overall strength in the body up, and more before working on these issues. If you dive right into detoxing, you are likely to crash and set yourself back months or even years- I say this not to scare people but just because it is what I have seen so many times.
With our HTMA package, we do try to look at the whole picture and we try to work on the most critical pieces of the puzzle right from the start-which usually involves general foundational care first to start getting the body stronger before getting into these infections and other toxins.
Healing can be hard, but you can’t give up!
Overall, we really need to start looking at health in a different light- there are no quick fixes, there will be ups and downs, and there will be times you want to give up. But holding onto the GOOD things that are changing can make the biggest difference (sometimes we forget how much worse we used to be as we start healing- we forget the progress we’ve already made and we keep focusing on the symptoms that are still there).
Stay on your path, learn as much as you can, and have faith that your body is doing what it needs to be doing. You will get there!