Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Stephen 

Back in 2000 as a fairly healthy – or so I thought – 22 year old, I started to develop a problem. When I went to the toilet I would notice blood in my stool. I did what most adult males would do and I ignored it, hoping it would go away. Later that year it became more of an issue as it was affecting my ability to play football – now that was a real problem, so I went to the doctor.   I got tested and was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease – possibly Crohn’s Disease – at this stage in a mild form, but who knew how it might develop.

To deal with the symptoms I was put on medication, but in doing so I had a resolve, a determination within me. I accepted the need for the medication as this condition wasn’t going to clear on its own, but I also felt certain that I could regain my health in the long term through the choices I made, mainly with regards to changing my diet and managing my feelings of stress and anxiety.

Being diagnosed with this illness scared me; I didn’t want to end up in surgery or with an ileostomy bag, as I had read could occur. I was also embarrassed by the diagnosis, as it felt to me quite shameful, while also leaving me feeling weak and vulnerable. I prided myself on being fit and healthy and this left me feeling exposed, abnormal and far from invincible. The reason these feelings were so strong was due to how hard I was on myself, and my unwillingness to fully accept and value myself as a tender and gentle young man.

I had actually been fairly healthy with my diet up until that time, but I knew there were aspects that let me down and that I over-rode how I felt in my body with some of the foods I ate. I had always been someone with a low tolerance to certain foods like dairy and gluten, yet they had stayed as part of my diet as they were such normal everyday foods that everyone seemed to eat.  Stress on my body was also a factor, and I found symptoms could occur if I changed my routine and didn’t properly care for myself – travelling would often bring symptoms up.

For the first four years I would have occasional flare ups, and I was thankful that the medication was working, but I also knew that I had to keep refining the way I was taking care of myself. This was where the balance between medical care and self-care became critical to me. A specialist at my year two review wanted me to take steroid medication, but I wasn’t keen. I chose to refuse this at the time while remaining open to it, but only if it was absolutely necessary. I was taking control of my health and that was crucially important to me.

After four years, because of the choices I had been making, I became symptom free and then got a bit casual with my health – I ate reasonably well, but would drink alcohol quite a lot and still ate foods that I knew didn’t support my body. I wasn’t living as well as I knew I potentially could be.

It was upon attending Universal Medicine courses that I grew to appreciate all the signs my body had been giving me, and through the presentations of Serge Benhayon I started to listen to the wisdom my body shared. What I have learnt is that the refining of how I eat and the care I have for my body is an on-going process and not one I can switch on and off.

Looking back, I feel I could have avoided the greater symptoms I suffered had I been willing to address how I felt in my body, both emotionally and physically. Whilst diet is a huge part of the lifestyle changes I needed to make, I have grown to understand how much my demeanour also impacts my health – how open and expressive I am plays a big part in how well I feel and that my health relates strongly to how accepting and caring of myself I am. I now realise the importance of valuing myself and appreciating me as a person. This in turn has allowed me to become more communicative and open, and less withdrawn from life.

I’ve been medication free for a while now, but never take it for granted. I still get the odd symptom, which I can feel is strongly related to my willingness to keep deepening how well I care for my body – within this I have to keep accepting I am worth caring for. I have found that if I pay close attention to how I feel and honour that, then the symptoms clear without the need for medication. This is not something I assume or expect will happen – it is an ongoing process and one I am committed to living and developing.

In this process Western Medicine was crucial to my recovery, but also only a part of the healing. Suffering ill health was a wake up call to consider my lifestyle and look after myself properly, and Universal Medicine has been a huge support in understanding and developing the self-medicine of lifestyle choices that is now my everyday living.

 

 

 

 

885 thoughts on “Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  1. Stephen thank you for your honesty when you say
    “I was also embarrassed by the diagnosis, as it felt to me quite shameful, while also leaving me feeling weak and vulnerable. I prided myself on being fit and healthy and this left me feeling exposed, abnormal and far from invincible. The reason these feelings were so strong was due to how hard I was on myself, and my unwillingness to fully accept and value myself as a tender and gentle young man.”
    The way we have fashioned our society we do not nurture the tenderness and gentleness that we all innately are from young.

  2. It makes so much sense how we live – eat, express, move, care for ourselves, how we are with others all plays a massive part in our total health and wellbeing on a basic foundational level. Something that every one of us can take responsibility for, simply so, and then of course the importance of having true energetic awareness with this as well ✨ if we did this how much pressure would it take off of our healthcare systems and of course ourselves?

  3. Stephen this sentence stuck me as extremely interesting
    “I had always been someone with a low tolerance to certain foods like dairy and gluten, yet they had stayed as part of my diet as they were such normal everyday foods that everyone seemed to eat.”
    Because even though you had a low tolerance to certain foods they stayed part of your diet because they are considered to be part of everyone else’s normal diet. And how often do we put ourselves out and dishonor ourselves in this way by doing, saying or eating something just to keep the status quo in our society?

    1. I can really relate to this, I know that my body did not like bread and alcohol, particularly lager and particularly together but kept on overriding this!!!! It was not until I truly upped or had the self-love and self-care for me through the support of Universal Medicine that this fell away and I started caring for myself more and listening to my body. I am still learning with this but I am miles away from the disregard that I used to be in. Something to definitely appreciate ❤️

  4. ‘Looking back, I feel I could have avoided the greater symptoms I suffered had I been willing to address how I felt in my body, both emotionally and physically.’ Sadly most often, it is only when our bodies show symptoms that we begin to address the causes of them and sometimes the symptoms have to speak more loudly for us to pay attention. That said, rather than looking back in regret, we can look back in appreciation that those symptoms occurred, that we did finally listen to them and make changes and that we can enjoy a much greater degree of health, vitality and joy as a consequence; even if it takes us a little longer to get there than we would have liked.

  5. Stephen, what I loved reading about your blog is the tenderness you bought through as a man. The openness of knowing that your body’s signals was important to you. At first you probably did what most males do, and that is to ignore what is going on for their bodies. Later you started to respond to your body, and saw the changes it had on you.

    Realising that caring for you and your body, is ‘refining’ all the time, is important and needs to be bought to our awareness. This is an inspirational read, thank you for sharing.

  6. As a society we do not take into enough consideration the fact that our emotions cause distress and disease in the body, when we do acknowledge it, we are able to look and reflect on our emotions and the effect on our health and take steps to truly heal.

    1. Le, not only as a ‘society’, but the mere fact that emotions affect all of us, no discrimination to male or females. They all eventuate to disease if we continue to harbour them.

  7. This is a great blog to read as it offers everyone who reads it the opportunity to self reflect are we looking after ourselves as well as we could be. Someone once said to me that we look after our cars better then we look after ourselves and that has always stuck with me because we wouldn’t for example ever put the wrong fuel into the petrol tank but we put the wrong foods into our tummies and then have to bare the consequences of that decision.

  8. If we are the ones who live within our body, there must be something of how we live that can make the difference in the way we approach our diseases. ‘… the self-medicine of lifestyle choices …’ Considering this crucial part of our care brings understanding, responsibility and completes our health care.

  9. It is very true that the more I accept and value myself the more open and communicative I am. What I am also appreciating is that we all bring something to every moment and that what I bring is equal to everyone else. It is then paramount that I get myself out of the way and allow the expression from the universe to come through to that which is being asked or called for.

  10. “Suffering ill health was a wake up call to consider my lifestyle.” It would be great to see this statement in all doctors’ surgeries and hospitals to actually get us to appreciate the responsibility that we can take in our own health care.

  11. What I can feel is that the deeper we go into self-care, the more sense it actually makes for us to be open to conventional medicine to be part of our healing process, and that becoming more responsible allows us to be accepting support.

  12. “I now realise the importance of valuing myself and appreciating me as a person. This in turn has allowed me to become more communicative and open, and less withdrawn from life.” This warms my heart to read this….so many people have withdrawn from life, feeling unable to meet the daily stressors of life, so to read of a person bringing more of themselves is gorgeous.

  13. “I had actually been fairly healthy with my diet up until that time, but I knew there were aspects that let me down and that I over-rode how I felt in my body with some of the foods I ate.” What I love about your blog is that it is inviting us to address things now. Imagine if we pinpointed and changed things we already potentially knew were wrong now so that we did not need to develop an illness or a problem?

  14. “Western Medicine was crucial to my recovery, but also only a part of the healing. Suffering ill health was a wake up call to consider my lifestyle and look after myself properly, and Universal Medicine has been a huge support in understanding and developing the self-medicine of lifestyle choices that is now my everyday living.” A beautiful appreciation of Western Medicine and Universal Medicine complementing each other for true health.

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