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One Little Bite
Feb. 12, 2021
By Monica White
Monica White co-founded the Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association and has organized educational conferences for patients. She has served on a subcommittee of the federal Tick-Borne Disease Working Group and other governmental panels. She also co-authored a journal article about Colorado ticks and the diseases they carry.
While creating this project, White states:
“I was shocked at the level of emotion, anger and feelings of loss that surfaced,” she recalls. “I realize now that these were stages of grief that I had neglected to make room for or acknowledge. The storytelling process was a process of healing. I was so touched by the powerful stories that others shared so honestly and vulnerably, and I hope that the sharing of my story will both uplift and touch others.” Monica White Source
This reminds me of two events that woke me up to the depths of emotional healing. The first for me happened when I started using the Biomat daily due to severe pain. My physical therapist was offering free sessions and they coincided with a time where I was suffering horribly. I told him to “crank up up as high as it will go” and proceeded to sweat under a blanket which served as a tent – for an hour. Head exposed, it wasn’t long and I was sobbing. Tears pooling in my ears, I took inventory and asked myself why? Later, I shared what happened and my PT said that it’s a common emotional detoxification response. Evidently we hold a lot inside during this battle.
The second time it happened was when I received an upper cervical adjustment. I had to be at the office at 4:30 a.m. (yes, you read that correctly) for my first appointment that lasted until about 1:00 p.m. After the initial x-rays and adjustment, I “rested” in a quiet room where I proceeded once again to ball my eyes out. Good thing I was the only one there! He too told me this is a fairly common response to helping the body out, which is working overtime trying to find homeostasis.
Our bodies are incredible.
In both cases I was struck with an overpowering sense of gratitude. This journey, while extremely difficult, contains many silver linings if you look for them.