True Medicine

by Denise Morden, Byron Bay

Recently I had to spend some time in hospital and it was an amazing experience, because it was the closest I had come to experiencing true and integrated medicine.

My doctor is extraordinary. He is also a healer, who combines medicine with psychological and physical care by treating the whole body. I have never had a physician like this before; he is always accessible and I know he is there for me, in my corner.

This is an extraordinary relationship: a partnership, there is no “them and us.”

His care is for the whole body and the person; I am not just a ‘patient’. I am met, connected to, and he sees who I am. I am not a victim of the disease or the medical system, because I am pro-active in my treatment and care, a co–creator in my own healing. I am fully responsible for the choices I make. I have great trust in him even when he is honest enough to say he is not sure what to do next. I know that his humility and his ability to accept and surrender will allow him to KNOW what the next step is when it comes to that. His skill and care also extend to before, during and after any procedure.

Over the years I have seen how the unit and ward he works in have totally been transformed. His staff love him, because he knows who they are, he knows all their names and what they do. One nurse tells me that some of the other doctors don’t even know their names. He works with them all as a team, each one is essential to the holistic care of the person. This shows in the extraordinary way I am treated by all the staff.

The level of care goes above and beyond anything I have ever experienced from specialists and care in other hospitals.

Everyone I meet who attends to me, from the doctor to the cleaner, introduces themselves and explains what they do.

I am informed every step of the way, about what is going on, and constantly asked if I am OK, comfortable, or in pain.

From the warm blankets put on me in the operating theatre, to the care of the porter who wraps me in blankets in the wheelchair when going to have an x ray.

I am treated with the utmost care and respect, with dignity. But there is also friendly chat, humour and laughter, as we exchange stories about our lives.

No effort is spared in my comfort, from the anaesthetic cream applied to my skin, so I don’t feel a single needle, to the menu specially prepared for me by the chef as I have food intolerances. No expense is spared in my care – l feel that these people love what they do and they do it with love.

No matter how good the doctor is, without this aftercare the outcome for patients would not be so favorable.

For me this is true integrated medicine and holistic care, from the ward through to the procedure and the aftercare and this is empowering for me.

I am an active partner in the treatment, management and healing of my disease.

With this support I am encouraged also to look at the deeper psychological issues and experiences that have got me to this point. My healing is so deep because I have the trust and support to go there, to let go, to accept and surrender to this level of care.

The depth of my healing shows in my recovery and resilience.

I have a genetic disease that should have killed me 10 years ago, yet now my tissue is regenerating, and with the medical help and the letting go of issues, my body is able to heal to a new level.

I am told that I am a ‘medical miracle.’

The miracle for me is finding an extraordinary Physician and Healer whose support and care has allowed me to heal.

I have experienced a new level of true integrated care.

This is truly Universal Medicine.


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723 thoughts on “True Medicine

  1. It is wonderful as a healthcare professional to read about a medical experience that treats the whole person. There are so many doctors and health professionals who do have that old style quality of the healer, but often the environment does not support them to work fully in this way. What is most important in this blog is the fact that you know that you are the co-creator of your healing. Without our active input in our healing we can only be patched up and sent out into the world, to later return again with the same or worse issues.

  2. Denise this is amazing, wow I am blown away, I met you last year and you are shining, you look so well. I love this whole blog, this is the way healing should be.

  3. It is easy and understandable that we get disillusioned with the medical system, but never should we become disillusioned with our doctors, and nor should they in turn become disillusioned with their patients, merely because of the constrictions of the system.

  4. Denise we have just been treated to a glimpse of our medical future. Thank you, it’s beautiful.

  5. No ‘them and us’, but a partnership of togetherness and brotherhood sound a wonderful way to be treated in the medical field; in fact any field. Thank you Denise.

  6. Denise, wow this is beautiful to read, I can feel that this is how care should be; being truly held and nurtured by all staff, this is how we deserve to be treated and would support people so much more than the system at the moment, where there seems to be a system that seems to function at best.

  7. ‘This is an extraordinary relationship: a partnership, there is no “them and us.”’ This should be common but we all know it is not but although it is not I feel the way we present ourselves, taking responsibility for our own health will eventually change a system that is very much about ‘them and us’.

  8. Thank you Denise, it was beautiful to read your story again. I appreciated this line “My healing is so deep because I have the trust and support to go there, to let go, to accept and surrender to this level of care.” Care is so important in the healing process, my doctor recently told me that research showed that surgeons with good bedside manner got better results than equally competent surgeons who did not. We chatted about the importance of care and the Unimed Living article I recently read about the placebo affect and how care is part of the healing people experience even though they don’t receive an actual medicine.

  9. True medicine and an example of whole system and integrated healthcare where everyone employed in the hospital actively participates to support and nurture patients. What a love-filled hospital and model health care facility.

  10. You highlight something so important here Denise, that it’s not just about the doctors, it’s everyone is involved, including the patient themselves, that is true integrated medicine, have the whole team engaged and supporting and the patient fully engaged with all. I can feel how it allows the healing and the medicine to go to another level. This is our future medicine.

  11. What a wonderful experience Denise! To have chosen a Doctor who is truly interested in each patient and Nurse and doesn’t hold back sharing the truth with you and your openness to healing all contributed to your healing.

  12. WOW! That’s amazing. To be told you should have died 10 years ago, and to be living still today due to your choices and not only that, completely reversing the illness you were born with is an utter miracle…and it all sounds so simple to do…trust, accept responsibility for your part, and allow others to trust in themselves. What a recipe!

  13. Denise, this is so beautiful to read and an example of how the health system could be for everyone. If this was the way we would no longer have the exhausted health system we currently have. Definitely the way forward for us all.

  14. The fact that your physician is treating the whole of you, rather than just the illness – that is super special and such a great model for us all, not only in medicine, but in all our service industries. It’s not just about getting the job done, it’s about bringing everyone with you as well.

  15. It is rare to read such a heartfelt review on health care received, as a rule many of us moan about the care we receive and forget about the great job others do. It sounds like this doctor is a true physician and obviously enjoys his work and people.

  16. How blessed you are to be in a position where you are being supported by such a Doctor. With the soaring suicide rates in that profession it is great to hear that there are those who are embracing life and their patients!

  17. The equality you experienced from the doctor to the cleaners in hospital, was possible because of the equality you held as a patient. If we as a client come as an equal party to the healing process and take ownership for our part, it allows everyone else to just do their part – and not be expected to pull a miracle out without the patient having to do a thing

  18. I find it quite touching to read about a doctor being spoken of as a healer and physician. It takes away the false hierarchy that exists in medicine and restores the sense of dignity and art of medicine that it naturally holds.

  19. The biggest part of the story for me is not the getting better or not, it is the relationship with the doctor that you found trust in, and a willingness to see illness with a wide lens. The combination of responsibility for lifestyle choices and seeing everything we live being a lesson we can learn from, this for me is the quintessential factor when experiencing ill health.

  20. A beautiful example Denise of true integrated care; what is possible when people work in collaboration and brotherhood.

  21. This is true medicine. The way you have been treated and the way you have surrendered to that treatment is what has allowed the healing to happen. Each one of you doing your part, from equalness, responsibility and collaboraboration.

  22. A true testament to the possibility of the body to heal if the person inside takes responsibility for their part in the healing of the body.
    “I have a genetic disease that should have killed me 10 years ago, yet now my tissue is regenerating, and with the medical help and the letting go of issues, my body is able to heal to a new level.”

  23. Denise what an absolutely divine experience you have had, and your sharing seems to me to be the model for the future which would transform healing and recovery immensely.

  24. A powerful example of how ‘ love ‘ is in fact the greatest medicine of all. You have shown how important it is to be met, held, treated and supported with love, all of which allows us a greater opportunity surrender to love, and be open to explore what is behind our unloving choices which have led us to be in dis-ease. As such true healing is possible, with our following steps taken with a greater awareness of whether the choices we make support us to live with more love in our lives.

  25. This just goes to show that true care is true medicine. Without care and love we are left to the mercy of a whole load of pills, operations, procedures and advice that are totally empty and leave us feeling like a functioning body without a soul. As humans we respond to love and care. This is needed in the healing and medical professions.

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