Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Dana Barto has kindly written this week’s blog to share her thyroid healing story with us. It is so inspiring and shows us the importance of listening to our intuitions and following them. It also highlights the effects of our mental health on our physical health. Read her story below.
Written by Dana Barto
I felt like I was about to breakdown, as the doctor delivered the words “your mother has pancreatic cancer”. What… how… when… why… my mind was racing in all directions. What do you do when someone basically delivers you the death certificate of a loved one?
When conventional medicine had nothing more to offer other than palliative care, I felt helpless, powerless and very weak. Everything in my being was saying there is another way, another route a better one. But I didn’t know what or how.
It was 2006. I was still getting over my mom’s passing. I felt my life was falling apart, I was imbalanced and my body was letting me know about it. Panic attacks, back pain, skin allergies, fatigue and finally back to back ectopic pregnancies that cost me both my fallopian tubes, my fertility and almost my life.
Fast forward a few more years to 2010, miraculously, through IVF, I was able to conceive beautiful twin boys, and life was OK. I was pushing through for me and for my family, however the cycle of health issues continued one year after; weight gain, fatigue, lack of motivation and sadness and grief. After a few visits to the doctors, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. I asked my Endocrinologist “How can I heal this condition?”, he responded “Sorry there is no cure, this is an autoimmune disease and you will have to cope with it for the rest of your life”. I was put on thyroid hormones and asked to see him for a follow-up three month later.
I was surviving on thyroid hormones but I was certainly not thriving… I would still get on and off symptoms, I felt I had to tiptoe when it came to my health and that made me anxious, I also did not like the fact that I had to take thyroid hormones for the rest of my life. The problem was, there really were no choices, no doctor was able to provide any alternative solution.
I felt frustrated and stuck. Worst of all, I felt that health decided it didn’t wasn’t to live in me anymore. I felt abandoned.
Our intuitions are strong, if we listen to them. Mine said, there is a better way.
This thought kept persisting. But I had no idea what to do about it. I had no idea what I was looking for or where to look for it. Through the years, I did my best to be healthy, eat healthy to help my body get stronger. As I starting reading up about this disease, I learned to be more selective with the food I consumed. I started to modify my diet, avoiding gluten and sugar and opting for more healthy options. I also started taking supplements, meditating and exercising regularly. To be honest, all these lifestyle changes helped elevate the symptoms but did make the radical shifts I was hoping for.
One day I was sitting with a group of friends, and one of them was telling the group about her experience during a coaching session. I had no idea at the time what coaching was or what they do in a coaching session but from what she was telling us it seemed really interesting. I couldn’t wait to get home that night so I can google “coaching”. And before I knew it, I was enrolled in a coaching program.
I took 2 weeks off work, got my husband and sister to babysit the boys and off I went. They told us the course is extremely intensive and we should expect long training hours. To be honest I didn’t know what to expect or how it was going to help me, all I know is that it felt right and I wanted to explore.
They say when the student is ready the master will appear.
In the program, I learned that my mind is the driving force behind every thought, emotion, memory and behavior I have ever had. I learned about our mind/body connection which made me feel more in charge of myself and all aspects of my life. I discovered I was carrying around a lot of negative emotions and limiting beliefs which were affecting my confidence and my ability to speak my truth. Later I discovered that this was one of the root causes for manifesting a thyroid condition. To describe it as a life changing experience would be an understatement.
But best of all was that somehow during the program I spontaneously reversed all my thyroid symptoms or healed my thyroid. To this day I don’t know the exact point it happened, all I know is that on day five of the program when we finished practicing releasing our negative emotions, I felt different. I felt like my body decided to reset.
Luckily, this was confirmed by my blood works and subsequent visits to the Endocrinologist who told me despite the improvement that I needed to continue my dose of thyroxine when I had - and I admit - irresponsibly stopped taking it a month earlier. I decided to ignore his advice.
This completely changed my narrative; our bodies are able to heal on different levels not just the physical level that allopathic medicine focuses on and in unpredictable ways.
Have you ever felt a gate you did not know existed suddenly appeared to reveal a brand-new world?
I wanted to know more, I read, learned and studied to catch up on what felt like a new world I was completely oblivious to. I enrolled in a PhD program in quantum medicine to reach new levels of Quantum medicine and natural medicine.
I started helping other women overcome their health issues, and through word of mouth, my business grows and now I work with women every single day and help them successfully reverse their health conditions safely and naturally using real and effective Quantum Integrative Medicine. I use a multidimensional model that enables my clients to explore options, set goals, gain self-awareness, overcome obstacles and achieve balance utilizing a range of modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, mind-body connection, hypnotherapy, aromatherapy, meditation and mindfulness, NLP, biofeedback, auriculotherapy and acupressure, homeopathy, Taoist medicine, and movement.
A few year later the thyroid condition reemerged, my blood works indicated hypothyroidism. This time I was prepared. I used integrative medicine that focuses on whole body healing; spiritually (through prayer and meditation), mentally (through coaching and NLP), energetically and physically (using homeopathy, diet, supplements, body talk therapy and breathing).
Again, I reversed my conditions, I did it, I was successful! This is my quantum health story.
5 quick questions from Dani:
1. If you could go back to yourself at the time you got diagnosed - knowing what you know now - what is one thing you would say to yourself?
I would tell myself you’ve got this just trust your instinct and meditate.
2. Tell me one thing you have learnt out of this experience which has helped you to grow?
I am so grateful for this experience, if it wasn’t for it, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
3. Who has been your biggest support throughout this journey?
My husband and my sister and my friends but mainly myself. Change comes from the inside and is reflected on the outside.
4. What are your top three books or podcasts (or other resources) that especially helped you in your healing journey?
You are the placebo by Dr. Joe Dispenza, Mind to Matter by Dawson Church, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer.
5. What is your favourite healing mantra / affirmation?
I love me to health!
Dana is a Mind-Body Medicine Expert and an experienced Health and Wellbeing Coach. Dana has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of natural health, mind-body connection, alternative medicine and nutritional sciences. She is the co-founder of “I CAN Self Development for kids”, the first child and mom coaching organization in the Middle East and Gulf Regions and recently “The Quantum Health Story” an online health and wellness training and coaching business. Dana is a speaker in this field and has conducted numerous workshops, seminars, webinars, TV and Radio interviews. She also writes regularly for a range of health and wellness websites. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/icanbeehealthy/