Osteoporosis – how could this happen to me?

by Francene Cartaar, Australia

I recently suffered a shock – the shock of being informed that at the age of 54 I had osteoporosis in my back and also bone weakness in my hips. My reaction to the news from my GP was to ask myself: ‘How could this have happened to me?’

I realised that I held a perception that osteoporosis only occurred in ‘older’ women who did not look after themselves. As I regarded myself as a ‘healthy’ person, this diagnosis did not fit in with the image I held of myself.  My GP explained that bones could regenerate with weight bearing exercise and that vitamin and mineral supplements were also beneficial. The diagnosis and explanation left me feeling unsettled and upset.

I subsequently decided that I wanted to understand this diagnosis from an energetic perspective so I decided to consult an Exercise Physiologist who also had a deeper understanding of the body on an energetic level from her studies with Universal Medicine.

What then transpired was truly inspiring! I was shown a simple standing movement to connect firstly to my body and at the same time more deeply with my hip area. Next were hand and ankle weights for strengthening and feeling how to move with connection and gentleness in my body.

My exercise routine in recent years had been caring – gentle walks, stretching and relaxation. These provided great benefits to my body, but during my appointment I realised that my body was now requiring a different type of exercise.

I was offered an explanation that osteoporosis, on an energetic level, was related to disregard. This initially left me with a heavy sinking feeling, because in that instant I knew it was true – that I had pushed myself over many years.  Also that osteoporosis didn’t just ‘happen to me’, that I had played a part in this with my choices. For example, putting others before myself, undervaluing myself, overriding my own instincts, ignoring when I was tired or even not dressing to be warm enough.

The next morning I decided to exercise with ‘regard’ for myself and see what this felt like. I started by walking down stairs with intention and focusing on the soles of my feet. I felt an amazing surge of energy up my legs and spine. Next was the introduction of hand and ankle weights. At the end of a few sets of movements I had a renewed sense of vitality and strength that I later noticed lasted throughout the day, together with a feeling of steadiness within my body.

I am truly grateful for being able to consult with an Exercise Physiologist who could offer all the knowledge from her formal training and experience, but equally important, combined this with training in energetic awareness. We discussed this during my appointment and I could see how making choices that went against the natural and easy flow of the energy in my body could have an impact.

The diagnosis of osteoporosis inspired me to have a more caring regard for myself and for my body, and also to appreciate how conventional medicine and an understanding that our bodies are energy can work together for the benefit of us all.

 

Read more:

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  2. Milk Facts – is cow’s milk good for you? 

617 thoughts on “Osteoporosis – how could this happen to me?

  1. It can be quite a shock to know that illness and disease are not just some random events that happen to us, but that it is the way we have been living and the choices we have been making over a period of time that is the root cause. But if we are able to allow ourselves to understand this we then have a starting point to begin to heal the condition by making different life choices.

  2. It is amazing and deeply healing to be open to understanding the process of how we have ended up with a body that is reflecting illness or disease, as it allows us to the arrest, address and change the ill-momentum that we have allowed to move us. It is empowering to realise that we can make the necessary changes that will support us to return to a greater state of well-being and connection.

  3. The combination of both energetic understanding and medical knowledge is very powerful. For me, the awareness of the energetic causes of a condition, illness or disease is vital to a true medical model.

  4. Thank you for sharing as we normally see getting a diagnosis such as you did as an unwelcome event but it is clear that you have used it, once the initial shock was past, to inspire yourself to examine where there had been disregard in your life and to work with your body to support it and move forward.

  5. It makes sense that when we make choices that go against the natural and easy flow of energy in our body how much this has an impact on our body and our whole rhythm, preventing us from building our energetic awareness and changing our choices to be far more caring and supportive.

  6. It is very beautiful and supportive when we embrace conventional medicine with an energetic point of view. We cannot afford to dismiss either because they both play a part in assisting our health and wellbeing.

  7. This article is hitting a nerve for me tonight. Since my own experience of being diagnosed as heading towards osteoporosis, I have on a physical and practical level committed to a much more loving and regarding way of care for my body. But the nerve that it is triggering tonight is that I am now very aware that the regard that is now needing attention is for the absolute appreciation of the essence that lies deep within my body and through this appreciation in my way of living in regard of my essence has brought forward a deeper awareness of what it means to live in regard of oneself.

  8. Wearing hand and ankle weights while walking up and down stairs and around the house is such a simple way to bring weight bearing exercise into our lives. I can feel that by doing this for just a short time and possibly gradually building it up as it felt appropriate could be a good way to support us in preventing osteoporosis too.

  9. I have Osteoporosis too and can feel how most of my life I have been in disregard of my body and not taken the deep care I now know I need to do to look after myself. Our bones are our foundations and to have Osteoporosis has shown me that I need to build a true and loving foundation and not over ride what I know is true for me, whether that means putting on a scarf when it is cold or just listening to my body and the loving messages it constantly sends me.

  10. ‘How could this happen to me’ I have said this many times in the past with the various health issues I had but gaining the understanding that it was my choices that lead me to have them put the responsibility back to me, and I took it.. my health and life changed from then on resolving health problems and transforming my life.

  11. Reading this really brought my awareness to the importance of our relationship with our body, it is an amazing reflection of our natural rhythm and as soon as we are out of step the body continues as best it can, until eventually we realise that we are literally wearing it out, and we have a responsibility to support it as best we can, meaning a change in the way we live and how we exercise.

  12. Within us all beats the rhythm of life that we can either choose to move in accordance with or in discordance to. How long we spend moving either in tune or out of tune to this song will determine the level of health and vitality our bodies either sing to or cry out for.

  13. I can relate to that feeling of shock when given the diagnosis but actually, I do know how I have been living, and how much I actually hold back and measure so not allow myself the fullness of what is available, and somehow I am keeping my fingers crossed to see if I can get away with it .

  14. Every choice we make has an impact on our body and it is about the quality of the choice made that determines if we go with the natural flow of the energy the body is made of and that flows through us or go against it. We can do weight bearing exercises from a feeling that we have done it all wrong so now we need to make up for our disregard or from truly feeling we are worth the loving attention of the exercises and then it nourishes and heals the body/the bones.

  15. Realising that that illness doesn’t just happen, that it is a result of our choices, is a great awareness to come to, and empowering to know that we can change our choices in any moment.

  16. I would love to know how things are for you now. Have you been to get this checked since and seen a difference? What I found really interesting was this ‘My GP explained that bones could regenerate with weight bearing exercise and that vitamin and mineral supplements were also beneficial.’ The standard I have known since growing re bones it to have milk/dairy and calcium, not having diary in my diet for a long time (and feeling the benefits of this) I have recently found myself reflecting and asking am I getting all the nutrients I need particularly for bone health. What I love about what you have shared here is how the GP expressed to regenerate bone health all we need is the correct vitamins, minerals and weight bearing exercises. This is very cool. It has inspired me to look at this more especially having a consistency with exercise.

  17. Thank you Francene, it’s wonderful that you had both medical support and the support of esoteric medicine from your Exercise Physiologist to address the underlying cause. Also noted that you were honest with yourself about the disregard, you remained open and willing to look at and heal this pattern, which is a wonderful foundation to approach health and wellbeing with.

  18. This is such a lovely example of how life gives us supportive reflections (some of which we may not like) and that we can choose to react and get emotional about it, or we can choose as shared here to stay open to what is being shown and let it guide us to a deeper level of understanding, responsibility and relationship with life.

    1. Beautifully expressed Golnaz, we are given these supportive reflections all the time and it is our choice whether we pay attention and act on them or deal with the consequences of our disregard when it eventually leads to illness and disease.

  19. Every choice we make has an impact on the body and that is something my body reminds me every time either with vitality and warmth or with a sore feeling and coldness. Since a few month I have my weights in the bathroom and I have build a loving rhythm in doing some light weight training and some stretches twice a day. I feel the benefit of this consistency in the strength I feel in my body and it supports my physical work as a nurse, I am less tired and much more content with my job and doing shiftwork.

    1. Thank you Annelies, it’s amazing how a small amount of time attending to our self care can positively impact our whole day.

  20. Getting a diagnosis of something like osteoporosis can be a great wake up call for us to learn to truly self care.

  21. I was drawn to this article again today and I realise that last year I had intended on doing more weight bearing exercises to help strengthen myself on many levels. Nearly a year later and I still have not started that. Thank you for this gentle reminder. I have over the last few weeks started a new exercise programme for myself so it will not be difficult to add some weights to the session. I know several people with osteoporosis and feel that there is much we can do to prevent this and weight bearing exercise is one such activity.

  22. There is hard work behind something ‘happening’ to us. We may be oblivious of this fact, but as a fact remains. Understanding what is that hard work we are doing, allows us also to understand the work we are not doing and go for it.

  23. For a while now I have been feeling to do some more impact exercise, I walk every day but my body is feeling like something more strengthening, this blog has inspired me to get up and do just that.

  24. I was 51 when I had a diagnosis that shocked me to my bones. How could this have happened? Looking over my life and the part of my body that was affected I soon discovered that my behaviours, my choices, had allowed this condition to develop in my body. When I did this I had more understanding and compassion for myself and the initial reactions of disbelief, sadness and hopelessness, of frustration and anger, of failure and guilt and shame began to subside. I went to a healer in Brazil and although some symptoms disappeared the ill energy in my body was suppressed and not cleared. It was not till a few years later, when I came across Serge Benhayon that a true clearing took place. My lifestyle has been through several changes since then and now, having attended Universal Medicine presentations and Practitioners for several years I feel healthier, lighter and more vibrant than ever.

  25. “The diagnosis of osteoporosis inspired me to have a more caring regard for myself and for my body, and also to appreciate how conventional medicine and an understanding that our bodies are energy can work together for the benefit of us all.” beautifully expressed Francene. The combination of both western medicine with the esoteric brings so many benefits. If we don’t deal with the root cause energetically it is no surprise that symptoms may return.

  26. It makes sense that if the body has a natural flow to its movements and through our choices we move in opposition to this, imposing an unnatural way upon it, that the impact of this disregard could result in a diagnosis that could leave us unsettled. It is beautiful however that at these times, there are those that can support us to recognize how we are the end result of our choices and empower and inspire us to correct them in line with what is true for our bodies.

  27. There is so much to appreciate what our body lovingly shows us, Francene you embraced this and through your care for your self your body responded. Such wisdom does the body bring.

  28. Getting the diagnose of osteoporosis was a shock for me too. This morning after a beautiful session with an esoteric practitioner who asked me about my relationship with osteoporosis I sat with myself and connected to my bones, I realised I never did this as it seemed impossible to connect at such a deep level in my body. It brought up the deep disregard of not living what I know is true, not bringing my all to the world. Osteoporosis offers me the chance to heal a deeply ingrained pattern and to surrender to the light of the universe which is in me as it is equal in all of us.

    1. Annelies what’s powerful here in your comment is that you felt the truth behind your disregard for yourself, and it came from your own body.

  29. This article is a great example of what may be hidden or us not being aware of ills within the body, that have yet to come to the surface. After re-reading this article I can relate to putting others first and overriding my own feelings which I have discovered is an old pattern.

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