I have had a number of tragedies in last few years, I try not to dwell on it, she said.
This woman, in her 70s, had come to for help in treating her leukemia, a cancer of the blood. Although deeply concerned about her health, she focused on difficulties in her emotional life during our interview. She told me,
Divorce is almost worse than death. I have seen so many people hurt. The whole family is devastated, and it never stops, we are still picking up pieces.
She paused. I feel like I’m out there alone.
Although her leukemia was a slow-progressing kind, it was making her increasingly fatigued. We can observe a certain emotional fatigue in her words as well, for example when she says, “and it never stops, we are still picking up the pieces.” Hers is not a vitality that immediately picks itself up and dusts itself off after one of life’s blows. We get the sense that she is numb from repeated shocks. On describing the effects of having a close friend die, she said,
You go numb. You almost wilt; your strength leaves you.
In some way, this feeling “the strength leaves you,” ties in with her fatigue. This relates to her leukemia, which was progressively sapping her of strength, as her blood became more and more diseased. Which came first, the emotional fatigue, or the leukemia? There is no way to know.
To find out what was happening, I needed to go deeper. I had to further explore the feeling she had of being alone. Reaching back to her childhood, she told me,
I never felt anyone would stick up for me. My mother resents that I learned to stick up for myself. I knew I had to do it myself, I knew I couldn’t depend on her. I was just independent.
There was a detachment to her state. She used the words “aloof” and “cold.” She also used the term “putting up a wall,” and it began early with her mother. Drawing from her sensitivity and the specifics of her detachment and aloneness, I gave her a plant remedy from the Malvales family. This is the family from which we get cocoa and chocolate.
This remedy has given her much strength over the past 7 years. I have needed to repeat it often because she would periodically fall back into a state of feeling shock or fatigue or alone. For her, all three of these are connected. The energetic strength in the homeopathic remedy enabled her to hold the line.
In the first part of her treatment, her leukemia stalled out in progressing. Originally she was told by her oncologist that her white blood cell count would keep rising as her cancer progressed. To the contrary, her white blood cell count simply stopped increasing and held steady. This is something that can happen in homeopathic treatment of slow-moving, debilitating diseases. Many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s, fall under this category. As a homeopathic doctor, you can give a Parkinson’s patient an exact prescription and the disease stops progressing. It is another reason why it is best to seek homeopathic treatment sooner rather than later.
The good news in this case is that, after stalling out for a few years, after continued homeopathic treatment her blood counts returned to normal. In her latest appointment with the oncologist, he had nothing to do and told her to come back for a check-up in a year. Is this a “cure”? After five years of improvement culminating with normal blood tests, things are looking good.