“I guess I didn’t know how bad it was until the pain went away. Words can’t do justice to how good I’m feeling. I got my life back… I’m the woman I’m supposed to be. Thank you.”
Sandy Bolyki has been a patient of mine for the last 6 months at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. She is on the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue focus shift with the supervising Naturopathic Doctor Louise Shaw. She has been followed by the Toronto Star to track her progress with us.
Turning Point update: How are the participants doing?
By Judy Steed
Yes, we’re back, with news of how our Turning Point men and women are faring these days, nine months after we first met them (To read the article in its entirety click here).
When the Star launched the project in April, we asked readers over the age of 50 how they would to like to change their lives if they had the opportunity. More than 1,000 heartfelt submissions flooded in.
Initially, we chose 10 people, but two dropped out — one after the first article, too shy to endure the public scrutiny; the second as we neared the end, when she didn’t answer inquiries at her home or blog. Eight determined souls carried on, coached by experts. We checked in periodically over the next three months. And in June, when the series ended, we promised we’d revisit the group in six months to see how they’re getting on. Or not.
In today’s updates, we describe our participants’ initial goals back in April, what they had achieved by graduation day, June 23, and where they are today. Each also contributed three lessons they learned, plus their “oops,” because nobody’s perfect. Finally, they tell us what’s coming up in their lives.
Most of our participants have kept the Turning Point momentum going, and their pace of change is remarkable. It’s clear that with a little strategic support, people can alter long-standing patterns to produce positive results. We recently spoke to the eight surviving members of our group.
Since last we met, Sandy Bolyki, a nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital— a dedicated deliverer of conventional medicine — has been startled to hear herself say, “Can you give me more acupuncture, please.”
Goal: Get Healthy.
By graduation day: Her health improved and she’s feeling more energized.
Now: Her fibromyalgia symptoms are drastically reduced. She’s back in the swing of things, chairing committees of nurses at the University Health Network and she still goes to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine once every three weeks. “I guess I didn’t know how bad it was until the pain went away. Words can’t do justice to how good I’m feeling. I got my life back.”
What she learned:
1. “Acupuncture works! Infrared saunas work! You sit in the sauna with infrared light, hop in a cold shower, back into the sauna, back and forth for an hour.”
2. “The elimination diet works. I cut out dairy, gluten, sugar, lost 20 pounds, no more diet pop, no heartburn — jeans falling off!”
3. “For the first time in years, I’m sleeping well, fixing up my house, having fun. It’s all about taking responsibility for yourself. That’s what’s so great about Turning Point. You gave us the tools; it’s up to us what we do with them.”
Oops: “Not exercising enough. I need to work out regularly. I plan to fix up my loft with exercise equipment.”
What’s next? “Writing a book on leadership. I’m really excited about my research. I feel transformed, pulled back from the precipice. I’m the woman I’m supposed to be. Thank you.”
To be a patient at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic or to inquire about the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome focus shift please call 416-498-9763.
Thank you Sandy for continuing to be an inspiration to me and others living with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
To read more about Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please see the related topics below:
- Fatigue: What is FM and CFS?
- Etiology and Lab Testings
- FM and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- How much sleep do I need?
- Fibromyalgia and CFS References