Have you ever noticed how when you fail at something that you go through a certain process? Like when you were little, before learning to ride a bike – falling off, skinning your knee and running to Mom. Then the next step was: returning again and again until it was mastered. The process requires a burning desire, attention to details and observation of how others accomplish the task. Why not apply the same prototype to today’s challenges as adults?

Take Margaret, for example. Margaret was always a doer. You know, the kind of woman who never stopped learning and experiencing or changing careers with ease because the challenge was fun. Margaret was flying high on her career as an account executive for a large manufacturing firm when she was struck with multiple sclerosis. At first, the symptoms were mild, so when she entered her doctor’s office, she wasn’t alarmed. However, after weeks of tests and furthering muscle weakness, she began to worry about the outcome. When the doctor offered her drugs that wouldn’t cure her, but only manage the problem, she began questioning the decision to follow through. The side effects were written on the medication pack she was handed, albeit in print so small she literally needed a magnifying glass to make out the words. But it was indeed as clear as day. The side effects were equal to, if not more devastating than, the illness. She could have submitted without a struggle and simply taken the drugs. In fact, her husband felt she was foolish to pursue other options. “Why bother?” he had asked. “No”, she thought. “I will not be made worse for the sake of covering up symptoms. I must find another solution.”

And so Margaret got back up on her bike. First, she went to a psychiatrist because of the anxiety she was experiencing. He just offered more drugs. This appointment was followed by one with a chiropractor, then later a naturopath. Both gave some relief, but she was still not satisfied. “I will get rid of this”, she’d murmur. “I have a life to live.”

Finally, Margaret heard of a friend whose arthritis had been cured by a homeopath. “I will keep at this until I find a solution.” The first appointment was over the phone because the homeopath was out of town. After this initial meeting, Margaret was comforted. She was not told her MS would be cured, but the homeopath put it in a different way. “Your body is responding to an imbalance which causes symptoms. We will use the symptoms to determine which homeopathic remedy is best suited to antidote or address the imbalance. Once the energy of the illness is met by the energy of the remedy, it will be unnecessary for the body to react. Instead, the reactions to the disease or symptoms will be antidoted.”

Margaret wasn’t exactly sure what this all meant, but she did indeed notice that her urination improved within the 2nd week of taking the remedy, Causticum. Instead of losing urine when she stood, coughed or laughed, it was as though she had returned to her old self. Symptom by symptom, the disease seemed to melt away. It was so natural and not unlike the way she felt before being struck with MS, that she wondered if it was just a spontaneous remission. When she asked her homeopath about this, she addressed it squarely. “What is a remission”, she asked, “if not a period of well being after illness?” Yet Maraget continued to feel well and the next time she had her MRI, the proof was revealed. The lesions were gone!

So why hadn’t her doctors told her of this amazing medicine? Why had they been so focused on a medicine that had side effects? Perhaps she’ll never know. What Margaret DOES know is that she is free of her dreaded disease. Margaret is to be commended. She didn’t take one suggestion as the solution. Instead, she went through a decision making process that allowed her to become fully capable of the correct decision. Margaret has tenacity and stick-to-it resolve that paid off. And now she has her life back because of it.

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