Meet Susan! Back in November of 2014,
I attended her essential oils for pain class and it literally changed my life.
I was going through some major challenges back then. I was recovering from a complex abdominal wall reconstruction in 2013, recently diagnosed with adult hip dysplasia, and about to undergo some major hip surgeries,
Periacetabular Osteotomies (PAOs), to correct the dysplasia. To say I was in pain was an understatement. Yes, the physical pain was real, but so was the emotional. Being told it was not medically recommended for me to have children because the cancer could come back. That’s a hard pill to swallow in your twenties when you’ve only been married for three years. Being told I could not work for a year as a physical therapist because I had two previous hernias and I needed to give the reconstruction time to heal. This messed with my mind. Who was I if I was not a physical therapist? Not a mother? My perspective on my own inner worth was shaken to its core. I went on a journey to discover we are not what we do. Our worth does not come from what we produce or our job. That’s what we do, not who we are.
To say I was skeptical about essential oils is putting it lightly. I have a doctorate in physical therapy. I was taught in PT school to always seek out evidence based research. I was also a patient. I had hip pain, frequent head tension, and would experience nerve pain radiating down my arms from time to time. I had tried everything my doctors recommended and that I knew as a PT for these issues. From nerve blocks to medications, I tried whatever they gave me, but noticed quickly I did not tolerate the side effects well. Now here I was, sitting in an essential oils class about pain. Why did I go? Because I was looking for help, but more importantly, hope. Because pain is a motivating factor and I was at the end of my rope.
I was extremely skeptical, so I started with only two oils. I figured I had tried lots of other things, so I would try this to cross it off my list and keep going. But something happened...they worked! I told myself it was a placebo effect. I tried them again. I continued to get consistent results. My mind was blown. ⬇️