Dear Self Healers,
The past few months have brought a huge disruption in our individual routines and to our healthcare system. I hope through all of it you have been gentle with yourself. These situations require flexibility and continual re-evaluation. One thing about the "human animal" is that we are very adaptable. To do this well though, we must address rigid thinking and patterns. Though life-saving in the long run, the immediate process can be unsettling, and make us feel vulnerable.
However uncomfortable, I try to welcome opportunities in my life to reflect. Redirection then comes from making a shift, or continuing on the path with increased clarity; typically with the thread of my underlying values and unique essence continuing to weave through. I am curious how this process is going for you!
Looking ahead, we have several opportunities to connect and share, as well as some opportunities to build knowledge and skills to support your personal health journey.
Every 2 years I renew my certification in "Advanced Cardiac Life Support", where I refresh my skills in taking care of people who have had an acute issue issue with their heart, such as a heart attack. Each time I go through the training I am reminded that intervening in the Emergency Room, once an event has occurred, is NOT the most effective method.
Disease of the heart and blood vessels, known as "cardiovascular disease" is our #1 cause of death worldwide, and kills more people than all types of cancer combined. The key here is prevention: we have lots of research on how to do this, and this will be the focus of our next rendition of "Health Class for Adults", happening in June.
My last announcement, which is a dream that has been evolving for several years, and is finally coming to fruition, is our 1st Annual Healing Retreat in Southeast Alaska.
We have rented the main lodge at the Shrine of St. Therese for this event, and there will be opportunities to come for just a day workshop that interests you, as well as the opportunity to stay at the lodge for up to 6 nights, which is especially ideal for out of town guests and local folks who may be craving a deeper experience.
The specifics will be unfolding over the next few weeks with careful consideration to recommendations by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink MD, as well as Governor Dunleavy to ensure we are complying by all guidelines and keeping everyone safe.
HEALTH is of course our #1 priority. Please mark your calendars though, and stay tuned for more information!
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, I am still working at the hospital and emergency room in Petersburg, Alaska. I am continuing to see my personal clients virtually, and you can schedule an appointment with me here.
I return to Juneau on August 1st, and ALL of our typical in-person services will resume at that time. I know many of you have been waiting for me to come back, and I so appreciate your patience during this revolutionary time. I am very excited to come home.