As I indicated in the post, “ [I] will let you deep inside an adventure I am about to embark on. An adventure that will undoubtedly evoke tears, attempt to tackle my fears and answer, as well as raise, a lot of questions for me this year.”
As many of you know when I was 20 years old I was faced with the most devastating news of my life. I was diagnosed with something called Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), which sadly means I have a 0-5% chance of having my own biological children. Well, as you may have guessed, this next adventure is all about attempting to address that and my overall health.
When I first moved to St. Lucia, I was fortunate to make friends with a woman from the UK who was working on island as an Osteopath. Through our various conversations I, of coarse, began intensely researching Osteopathy in an effort to see how it could be used to treat POF, Secondary Amenorrhea and extremely high FSH (87+). While there seemed to be no direct link, the fertility and all around ‘health’ benefits were quite intriguing.
Amidst my hunt is when I stumbled upon something CRAZY coincidental. While it wasn’t necessarily Osteopathy related, it was very applicable to me. I found a company called Clear Passage that had research indicating success in treating woman with high FSH & POF through a specific physical therapy technique that they developed called the “Wurn Technique”. But that’s not the ‘coincidental’ part. The part that struck me is that there seemed to be a direct link between severe tailbone injuries and the dysfunction of ovaries.
“We believe this success is due to our work at the major attachments of the ovaries and Dural tissues that surround the pituitary gland. The Dura is a fascial sweater that surrounds the spinal cord, from the bottom of the tailbone at the coccyx to the base of the skull. From there, it enters the skull through a silver dollar-sized hole to surround the brain and all the tissues within it. This includes the sphenoid bone, which houses the pituitary-hypothalamus. Sheaths of the Dura also surround and infuse with the pituitary itself. During the course of therapy, we use a whole body approach, addressing the spinal cord, Dura and all of their attachments, from head to tailbone. Any dysfunction in this system, which is responsible for a countless number of activities, can have profound effects on various areas of the body. We knew that the tissues within the skull (including the pituitary) should react to adhesive pulls similarly to other tissues in the body. We found that when we treated the Dura and its attachments all the way into the brain, we saw dramatic improvements in FSH levels and numerous full-term pregnancies in women diagnosed hormonally infertile.” [http://www.clearpassage.com/what-we-treat/infertility/fsh-hormonal-problems/]
My jaw literally dropped when I read through their website. Tears started forming in my eyes and a bright light bulb when off in my head. I had never in my wildest dreams even considered that the tailbone injury I suffered in my prepubescent years could have had any impact on this.
I quickly Blackberry messaged my mom asking her if she could remember approximately how old I was when the injury happened. As a family, we agreed it was between 10-12 years old. Right around the time that I had one menstrual cycle, which never returned again after that.
We’re not talking about any ordinary tailbone injury as well. When I mean injured, I mean it’s still injured today. It’s in an extremely uncomfortable position – bent and protruding out to the point that you can easily feel it at my lower back.
It was at that moment that I unconsciously decided I had to explore this option.
The idea of heading to Florida for this 1-week of intense physical therapy (4 hours of treatment a day) remained in my head for while. But to be honest, part of me wasn’t entirely convinced by its legitimacy. I’m one of those people who are always on guard for scams. And so if I was going to do this and drop a few thousand US dollars (when I’m now making an Eastern Caribbean income), I was going to be DAMN sure that it felt like the right thing for me to explore.
In my spare time, I began researching about the Coccyx and the Dura and how they are connected via the spine. More and more, I started reading about how tailbone injuries can cause the whole system to go haywire. I grew very curious.
I decided I would fill out the form for a free phone consultation – what’s the harm? And immediately I got a call. The woman on the other line was so courteous, professional and kind. She seemed genuinely curious about my case and was eager to pass me on to one of the actual Therapists who would be working on me.
I spoke with the Therapist for almost an hour. She asked about my medical history, explained their methodology and gave me examples of other cases they had worked on. She even spent a good chunk of time asking me questions to really get to the bottom of my case. But what I liked the most is that she remained realistic. She, of coarse, reminded me that there is no guarantee but that she can certainly see a connection. She also reminded me not to make this about fertility, but to instead make this about holistic health. Her advice was so real and so appropriate… I knew I had to do this. At that point, there was no choice in my head, only a Clear Passage (pun intended).
So, the other night I officially took the plunge and made my first payment. I haven’t selected my week yet, but I will surely let everyone know. I just have to make some travel arrangements to get myself to Florida this year and we will see what happens.
Again, I am not going to get overly hopeful (even though I may seem it), I am instead going to see this as an investment into my whole health. Even if all I get out of this is an extremely deep tissue massage, then I’ll still walk away happy. Deep tissue massages are good for your body too! Haha.
Life is about taking risks and living with no regrets. And honestly, if I had chosen not to at least try this, I would certainly regret it.