19th May 2008 at 12:09 pm #458
I had always been inclined to be overweight and had struggled with many diets over the years. For roughly 15 years I had incredible pain in my back and down my left leg which prevented me taking any exercise for the last 10 years or so. I was diagnosed with a cyst on my spinal cord in March 2007. The lack of exercise and my propensity to comfort eat meant that I loaded on the weight and at time of diagnosis was 21 stone at 5 foot 3 inches. I was and still am, a smoker.
I went to see a Neurosurgeon who immediately wanted to operate on me, to ascertain if the cyst was benign or cancerous. I was very reluctant to undergo surgery due to my weight and my smoking and looked for an alternative.
I believed that as I had numbness in my left leg for the last 15 years, the cyst must have been pressing on the nerves of the spinal cord for that length of time. If it had been cancerous I would surely have had some other evidence and would certainly not be the weight I was. Therefore in my head I ruled out cancer.
I knew a little about the power of the subconscious mind and the effect of Hypnotherapy and decided to look into it.
I began to see Aidan and was very nervous at the first session. I find Aidan to be a very comfortable person to talk to, and his manner (which is very non-judgemental) relaxed me sufficiently that I was under hypnosis before the end of that session. He subsequently sent me a CD and I listened to it every night, sometimes so relaxed that I fell asleep and awoke in the morning with no memory of having heard his words. However, I believe that my subconscious heard them and when I returned for a further MRI scan, the cyst had shown no growth. Also Aidan was tackling my weight problem and I lost a stone very easily.
After about 5 sessions, barriers, which I had put up, began to fall. Due to my own fears I discontinued the therapy over the Christmas period. Eventually, I plucked up the courage to go back to Aidan and in that session came an amazing breakthrough. An episode when I was 16 (I am now just 50 years) had caused me to feel incredible guilt which I had dismissed and buried until now. I was around 16 when I began to put on significant weight and my struggles with it began then. Aidan, in his wisdom helped me to look at the situation then and understand it.
Another discovery I made during that session astonished me. I commented that releasing the guilt had been such a wonderful experience. About 15 years ago I had made a conscious decision that feeling guilty about the past was unnecessary and a waste of time. From that point on I also refused to acknowledge guilt for anything I did, telling myself that however I behaved was an appropriate response to any given situation. It suddenly dawned on me that the ache in my back had started at approximately the same time as I made that decision. The guilt had to go somewhere and my subconscious found somewhere to put it. It may sound incredible but I genuinely believe the two are connected.
Since then I have lost 2 stone 7 lbs without too much of a struggle. I am experiencing a happiness with myself and control over my life, which I have not experienced before. I have no doubt that when I return once again in August for another MRI scan, the cyst will not have grown and may even have begun to shrink. I also have no doubt that I will continue to lose weight and eventually kick the cigarettes to touch.
When I went to Aidan in the beginning I wanted him to facilitate diminishing of the cyst and my weight. I have gained that and more. I cannot recommend Aidan highly enough. He has the ability to get to the core of the matter and allow people to live their lives as they should be lived.19th May 2008 at 12:18 pm #524
I normally do not reply or comment on feedback as people can post their feedback directly. This was mailed to me and the client asked me to post it for them. I must clarify that the client came to me with the full support of her GP and masking or hiding her pain was never on the agenda. I’m sure, like me, you will be interested in the result of the next MRI scan.
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