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10 Things I Learned from Healing an Incurable Disease

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10 Things I Learned from Healing an Incurable Disease

By Meghan Telpner

Five years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a condition that is commonly believed to have no cure. I was given the options of surgery and medication for the rest of my life, still without the potential of a cure. My doctor told me that diet would have no effect and that I would have to learn to live with it.

Not one to play by the rules, I decided to create my own. I chose a natural route that included meditation, yoga, acupuncture, rest, and a diet comprised of whole, unprocessed foods. Within one month I was symptom free and remain so five years on. I have since become certified as a nutritionist and run a cooking school in downtown Toronto. I am firm on the fact that getting sick was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and getting well was the greatest adventure ever. This is what I learned healing from an incurable disease.

1. Take other opinions with a grain of salt. It is just an opinion and only our own opinions of ourselves and our current situation really matter. I received the opinion that I had an incurable disease and nothing I ate or did regarding my lifestyle would have an effect. I chose to trust my own opinion that this was not true. That has made all the difference.

2. Learn how to cook… really well. Prior to this experience I owned one cookbook called Help! My Apartment Has A Kitchen. Four years later, I own and operate a cooking school. I believed strongly, despite my doctor’s contradictory opinion, that a disease of the digestive tract would obviously be affected by what passed through it. It therefore became my mission to know exactly what I was eating and so I learned to cook from 100 percent whole ingredients. With all the processing happening in my own kitchen.

3. Yoga is more than twisting yourself into a pretzel. I used to be one of those before-work workout nut heads who rolled into the gym at 6:00 a.m., kicked my own bottom for an hour, and then raced off to work. When high-impact workouts were no longer an option, I turned to yoga. Yoga is a gazillion times harder than climbing a stair master or doing crunches until you want to puke—because it makes you actually look at yourself from the inside and realize some change has to happen.

4. Life may not always bring you sunshine and rainbows, but if you wait out the storm long enough, they always appear if you look for them. That’s all I have to say about that.

5. A cute outfit doesn’t mean much when you feel like total crappola. Great health makes you look (and feel) great—way more than high heels or manicured nails can.

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2:40PM PST on Nov 6, 2013

I am from Italy, I want to share my testimony of how i got cured from HIV/AIDS. I contacted the virus through my husband who was having affair with other ladies outside marriage, After 1 year and 6months of carrying this deadly virus with my husband i was emotionally devastated because everything i have ever laboured for including my family was coming to an end until i saw a post on the interent posted by one Mrs Collen Bartlet on how she got healed by a spell caster through herbal medicine at first i doubted it but decided to give it a try, when i contacted the spell caster via email, he did same for me and i got cured and today me and my husband are cured and we are happily together again. Contact this great spell caster today for your health issues or cure to any sickness via email: ikedispiritualtemple@gmail.com

11:01PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Great article...thanks for posting.

10:56PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Well written Meghan,I was diagnosed in 2002 i was 33 yrs of age ,i had to have 4 operations to remove parts of my bowel,appendix,gall bladder.Not much fun .10 yrs lateri have finally got it under control by taking messalzaline and have vitamin B12 injections every 3 months to stop me becoming anemic.I stay positive and still have my bad and good days.I also have Alopecha which i have had since i was 21 yrs of age ,I wear wigs.Their is also no cure for this

1:05AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Awesome outlook, thanks for the sharing

7:20PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

Amen to that! In particular, I love point #6 and #8. In reference to #8: it echoes what Gandhi has also said. Fighting only creates resistance. We need to work with the challenge rather than against it. Yet all too often I hear/read the word "fight" when dealing with diseases, such as cancer. I love your approach, Meghan! All the best to you!

9:03PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

inspirational and affirming! thank you!

5:25PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

This article is filled with wisdom and common sense, thank you !

5:23PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

This article is full of wisdom and common sense. Thank you !

1:37PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

I really agree with those who choose to listen to the messages within and to trust their own innate wisdom. It's such a courageous decision to make in the face of what is presented as a deadly disease.
Congratulations for honoring your own wisdom and winning the right to live healthy!

9:37AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Well said

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