Thank You (Follow Up)

01/31/2013

On September 22, last year I wrote that letter (below in bold) at the end of my first visit out of profound gratitude for Dr. Anna Cabecca. It is coming up on a year and about the only thing that isn’t different in my life is that I still have a profound gratitude for Dr. Cabeca, only in spades now. Physically, I am healthier that I have ever been. I have been through the initial detox process and then a routine detox experience during lent. I plan to detox twice a year during Lent and Advent. I have lost +/- 30 pounds and thrown away my fat clothes forever. When I went to buy new clothes because the others just wouldn’t stay one any longer, I thought I might have gotten down to an 8. The clerk looked at me and said, I’ll bring you a 6. I knew that wasn’t going to work. Alas, it did, it does and I can vouch for the saying “nothing tastes as good a thin feels!”.

I have more energy, and I was able to come off antidepressants (slowly over time) a few months ago. Keeping the weight off seems almost effortless. I have danced with gluten a few times only for my body to remind me why it really doesn’t want it. One of the best changes is that I can now listen to what my body wants and needs to eat. It will tell me what I am hungry for and that is different than the consummate sugar cravings of long ago. I have owned horses for the last 20 years or so, but I have not seriously ridden in the last 10. I am pleased to say a few months ago I picked up my saddle and instead of just working with the horses (I am an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist) I claimed a horse that had been given to me years ago and he has been waiting on me to pick up the reigns. Dylan and I ride three days a week now. Dylan is young and impressive but has never seen the show ring. For his since of self and maybe just a little to “prove I still can”, we are going to compete a little in 2013 (Dressage for sure and may a little eventing). It is just wonderful to be back in the saddle again. I had no idea I had seat bones, but -30 pounds will give you back all kinds of body parts.

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Maybe a bigger change for me is in my attitude and perception about my role in the world altogether. Dr. Cabeca’s Restorative Health Boot Camp addressed the need to completely detox your life, not just your pantry. I had a lot of detoxing to do. I was sustaining toxic relationships in business and holding onto things it was past time to let go of in my personal life. It has taken me some time to find which ones are to go and which ones deserve more time and attention, but I am quite pleased with the changes. Over time, as the pounds were melting, whatever I was covering up with the layer of fat was coming to the surface. The difference this time is that I had a new found since of clarity that would allow me to deal with it, and deal with it I have.

Since taking up the Dr. Cabeca lifestyle of Restorative Health, my mental and emotional clarity has been amazing. I am loving my work more than ever, and thrilled to be a part of a creative process engaged in making the world a better place with healthy people who are sharing the road on this journey with me. Most profoundly, I am not afraid. Not afraid to get sick or “lose” something or someone anymore. My relationship with my husband is better than ever, but honestly, we are still working on it. What I realized was that I had my life so crowded with things that drug me down, there wasn’t anything left for my husband and/or our relationship together. We are still shedding belongings and reorganizing relationships, cutting expenses and putting our priorities in line, but by the time I hit the 1 year mark a little more than a month from now for sure our lives will be in much better shape than they have ever been.

Dr. Cabeca, I cannot thank you enough. You have truly healed me. I have not felt like I was free from cancer since December 7, 1990, the day of my first diagnosis. Today, I claim my health and I no longer look for or wait on it to come back. No one would ever believe I had ever been that sick. I work hard at not looking too far ahead, but I’m planning my 50th Birthday. It will be somewhere warm and it’s looking like I will be implementing a very creative project for a children’s home in Honduras when I pass the half way mark. I try to make the world better because I am in. If not for you, I would not be in it long enough to make a difference.

Many thanks and God’s Peace,

Dr. Carlene H. Taylor, LPC, CPCS, NCC
Clinical Director

LightHorse Healthcare, Inc.
www.lighthorse.org
www.drcarlene.com

(Original Letter)
I can’t tell you how relieved I felt when I left your office today. I don’t know that I have ever felt anyone had such a complete awareness of my collection of past and present illnesses and symptoms. You got it, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with someone that really sees and treats the whole person.

20 years ago, when I developed Hodgkins Disease, I was young and scared and knew I had not lived. The complicated history since then has been punctuated by some of the best medical minds at least in the Southeast, if not the county. I have been very fortunate to have great doctors to treat what ailed me. I have survived because I was willing to go to whatever lengths necessary to get the best doctor possible and willing to take personal responsibility for what psychological, spiritual and physical healing was within my control in partnership with my doctor. You were right, however, I still live waiting on the other shoe to drop. Grateful that I have had as long as I have to live as healthy as I have been, but living nonetheless, on a roulette wheel not knowing when my number would come up and cancer would come calling yet again. The last 20 years has been a race. What can I get accomplished before time runs out. I have accomplished a lot in my field, in the communities I have lived in and in my life. I still haven’t really lived, relaxed into what I have and enjoyed just being alive. I think I’m afraid to feel like I have control. If I live in fear that it will come back, it won’t hurt as bad when it does. I’m tired of living in fear, running from illness. I’m ready to live into health and wholeness. I just got this sense that you know how to teach me to do that. I’m ready to learn.

I left your office today feeling like you knew what you were doing and that you knew me and what was going on in my body, mind and soul. Thank you, for taking your journey and transforming it into healing for the rest of us on this path. I’ll get started with “bootcamp” and see you in two weeks.

Many thanks,

Carlene Taylor, LPC, CPCS, NCC
Family Matters Counseling & LightHorse Learning, Inc.
St. Marys, Georgia

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