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My Chronic Illness Story

By Jenny Peterson

(For an audio version of this blog, listen to episode #1 of my podcast)


If you are feeling defeated, hopeless and overwhelmed with finding answers to your chronic health conditions, this blog is for you.


Today, I will be discussing my personal story of healing from chronic illness and how I learned to simplify the whole process.


For those of you that know someone with chronic illness or are experiencing it yourself, it might feel like one day you just woke up and everything was different.


You felt good one day, had everything going for you, and then boom you woke up and your world was turned upside down. Like out of no where.

While this may have felt true for me at the time, it really didn’t start there. There were definitely things with my health that I ignored or didn’t think were big issues way before that day when my life turned upside down.

Going back to childhood, I always had some type of injury. I had joint and muscle pains, I had skin and digestive issues.


My mom and I thought that these were just part of growing.


Then after a bike accident I had when I was 16, I continued to experience chronic digestive issues.


After going to the docs for these issues with no results, I went to see a naturopathic doc. After using supplements to help assist my digestion, I was intrigued with natural healing and decided to pursue my education in holistic studies.

By the age of 20, I had my own health and wellness store, seeing and working with clients from all over the country. I worked day and night in my business, never properly taking care of myself despite my education on health.


I put me last and others first.


At the 10 year mark of my business, I had my son and despite my efforts to maintain both my business and motherhood, I burned out and closed my store.

Fast forward 3 years and we made a decision to move. For the transition to happen, my husband had to start his new job 3 hours away and I was left to pack, get the house ready to sell, work my part time job and everything else in between.


I was going non stop and once again never put my health first.


After a month of all this chaos, I started noticing a rash on my face, then after another month, the rash moved to the other side of my face. I now had it on both cheeks.

Then on the night of my wedding anniversary, when my husband was away, I went to bed and awoke 2 hours later with a big thump in my chest and shaking all over my body.


I thought I was having heart attack. I called 911 and after getting an overall look over I was sent home due to not finding anything.


After that day everything just went down hill.


Daily panic attacks, dizziness, heart palpitations, weakness in my legs, freezing temperatures, digestive issues and so much more. I was no longer able to drive and I could barely do the basic tasks in my home. Most days were laying in bed or slowly making my way around the house.

I went doctor to doctor, test after test, just hoping that they would find something. But nothing.

I was stumped, and honestly embarrassed, by what was going on with my health. I owned a health and wellness store and had all these certifications, but yet I had no clue how to fix me!

After getting nowhere with what I knew, which was supplements, exercise, detox and diet change, I decided to see other holistic practitioners hoping that they would have the missing piece. It was recommended that I get a Lyme disease test.


I tested positive for Lyme and a whole host of other “imbalances” and after a 3 hour visit, a list of foods I couldn’t eat, several recipes for dare I say it detox enemas, and $500 worth of supplements I thought I had the solution.


That was short lived especially after the high potency coffee enema that sent me into a panic attack that made me feel like I snorted a line of cocaine, granted I have never done that but I imagine that’s what it would feel like.


Frustrated, feeling hopeless, and wanting to die, I gave up going to all doctors and alternative practitioners and did what most people do, search google. Search all day long, looking for the next answer.


Somehow I was convinced that zapping yourself with certain frequencies was the answer, so I bought a zapping machine. I have proof of it by the scars on my wrists. That didn’t work either.


After putting that back on the shelf, I bought a $15,000 bio-feedback machine that was going to be the cure all. It would read what was “wrong with me” and tell me all the supplements that I would need to take. Another waste of money.

By this time I had spent at least $30,000 on treatments and felt like I was never going to get well. Why the hell was this so complicated!

One day I was doing research online and found an article about someone who healed from chronic issues by using their mind. I thought well, that’s something that I haven’t tried.


My research led me to lots of information and protocols to heal using the mind. I literally bought or rented every mind body book I could find, and took course after course on protocols of how to clean up what was within my subconscious mind.


I finally understood what was happening in my body.


Everyday I worked on rewiring my brain. I started to see slow changes at first and then more and more changes for the better.


Don’t get me wrong all the days were not good, healing is not linear. But I was patient with the process and got my life and health back within 8 months.


I can still remember the first time I got in my car and drove somewhere by myself, it was pure freedom and joy.

Today I am thriving, eating anything I want, exercising everyday, traveling with my family, and operating a successful business, helping those with chronic illness get back their life and health.


After everything I did to get well, I realized that as a society we have complicated healing and the ability of our own bodies to heal.


The medical world has taught us to think that there is something wrong with us when our bodies develop illness or disease. We need to kill, kill, kill all the viruses and bacteria. We have been taught to go outside ourselves for the answers. We have been told to change what we eat, detox the crap out of our bodies and take pills to heal.


This approach is complicated and extremely overwhelming. The emotional toll from this approach is depressing. Its stressful and it doesn’t work.

Our bodies are not as complicated as we think. Healing isn’t as complicated as people make it out to be. Healing is quite simple if we open ourselves up to that possibility.


What makes my approach to healing so simple is that I only focus on the mind, the subconscious mind.


If you only had to focus on one thing to heal, wouldn’t it feel so much better than constantly worrying about what to eat, what pills to take, and what treatment to do? Awe yes, I remember the day I just stopped taking all the pills and worrying about what to eat. It felt like a heavy weight was taken off of my shoulders.

I'm here to say that healing doesn’t have to be complicated. The purpose of what I do is to bring those who have chronic illness hope that they can get their health and life back without the overwhelm.


I will provide guidance and solutions to how you can heal simply by using your brain. I will introduce things to you that may be completely outside of your understanding about the mind and body , but I ask that you keep an open mind.

If I can give you any advice, not knowing where you are on your healing journey, is don’t wait until all other options don’t work to do this work that I’m teaching.


Save yourself the money and overwhelm by starting here. But I do get it, sometimes we have to be forced into this work because it is the last option. That was the case for myself and for most of the clients that I work with.


Either way, i am here to give hope that you can get well and to simplify the process of getting there by focusing on one area, the subconscious.


 

If you're ready to identify and resolve the unconscious patterns connected to your symptoms so you can finally heal for good, fill out an MBR application to see if you're a good fit for MBR.


You can also Download my free healing guide, “Why Can’t I Heal” where you will learn the 5 reasons that you haven't healed despite everything you've tried. These are the missing pieces to your healing and the key to resolving your symptoms for good.


Jenny Peterson is the founder and CEO of Mind Body Rewire (MBR). She teaches those with chronic symptoms how to stop fearing their body, identify the root cause to their symptoms and how to be their own healer. Learn more about MBR here.