The 600 days prior to meeting Helen had been the worst time in my life. I had broken my neck and healing seemed to be an impossible task. Prior to breaking my neck I used to love life and feel amazing. I used to live at 100km per hour, work 10 hours per day, go out all the time with my friends and lived life to the max.
I broke my neck digging rocks in the garden! Yes, I know this story sounds hard to comprehend. But, I had been in a severe road accident in my university days (over 25 years prior). Although I wasn’t diagnosed with a broken neck at the time, many other bones throughout my body were broken and doctors had warned there was a possibility of a fracture to my neck. I had been in a coma for four days after the accident and had suffered with migraines ever since.
The pain from that day when I was digging rocks in the garden and shattered my C6 in the lower part of my neck was significant. I was unable to work and spent every hour of every day trying to recover. Nine months later, due to me being proactive, a surgeon finally removed the fractured bone fragments from my C6, with the hope that this would alleviate my pain. I keep those fragments in a glass case today as a reminder of my journey.
The surgery helped alleviate pain from my head and neck area, but I still had significant pain all through my body. I tried to take each day as it came, but it was a very hard and slow process. I tried to do some form of exercise each day but some days the pain was too great. I had to stop using prescription drugs to manage my pain as my body hated the tramadol, amitriptyline, pregabalin and codeine cocktail. I moved to a more natural pain and sleep management combined with alcohol.
Besides the chronic pain, I often got very bored. I couldn’t sit, stand or lie in the same position for very long, and missed the challenge of work plus my active lifestyle. I did lots of cooking and gardening to compensate, but dreamed of doing more. The only thing I could tolerate wearing on my feet (which were constantly bombarded with pins and needles and stabbing pains) was my UGG boots (during 2 summers!), and then finally got to use my flip flops in winter!
I had tried many things to help my pain, including acupuncture, thai massage, healing massage, physio, but was sometimes unsure which ones had any impact, or in what combination. Sleep wasn’t terrific, making me more exhausted during the day. My worst time of the night used to be between 2am and 5am.
My sister recommended Helen to me. To be honest, I wasn’t sure at that time whether anyone could help me, as I had seen so many specialists of every variety and no one else had been able to shift the chronic pain I was in. But I felt some new form of hope coming out of that initial consultation with Helen. I signed up for Helen’s Discovery Program.
” I had tried many things to help my pain, including acupuncture, thai massage, healing massage, physio, but was sometimes unsure which ones had any impact, or in what combination”.
I’m very happy to report that Helen shifted my world for me. Within three months we significantly changed my pain and improved my life. I am so grateful I am now on the path to getting better. Sleep went from 3 out of ten to a 9 out of ten. Helen was able to help me decrease my pain significantly.
Helen helped me change my diet in an enjoyable way. Her individual approach to healing resonated with me. Now sugar, gluten and dairy are nearly gone. It is rare for me to have more than two meals a day and I am focused on ensuring I incorporate a variety of foods each day, with greens and detox foods in front of mind. I now spend part of everyday grounding at the beach or reserve somewhere in Auckland, followed by grounding mats at home. I have developed new systems to track my blood sugars and my symptoms, and this has helped me work out what does support my health on any day.
My big learning is “goodness in goodness out”. Helen has given me tools to enable me to look at everything with a 360 degree view. I now feel a lot more positive about life. I enjoy the little things like pain free times. I am seeing and learning new things through a different lens. She has empowered me to heal and given me all the tools to continue with my health journey.
One of my highlights was the day I dressed in a suit with suit shoes on for our session, to show how far I had come.
If you are suffering with any form of chronic pain and not sure where to turn, I suggest you turn to Helen. She changed my health in a way that was enjoyable and empowering.