Most people do not understand what an Autoimmune Disease (ADs) is, nor do they consider it a “real” illness. Because of our society’s ignorance, and subsequent indifference, to the very real and debilitating effects of autoimmune diseases, which primarily effect women, relationships are being damaged or outright destroyed. Husbands, parents, friends, co-workers can not understand how a woman can look healthy on the outside and be unable to meet her “obligations” as a wife, a mother, a friend or an employee. These women go on to experience severe depression as a result of judgments (“it’s all in your head” or “you’re just lazy”), being ostracized from their social support system, and even losing a spouse through divorce.
It’s estimated that up to 10% of Americans are currently suffering from autoimmunity, making ADs (when considered collectively), the most prevalent diseases in the United States. Not only are ADs costing many people their quality of life, they are also costing our society a lot of money to manage. Because the majority of ADs are chronic (long-term) and “incurable”, they constitute a major concern from a public healthcare perspective. Uncontrolled autoimmunity can become life-threatening, and AD is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in women, with the vast majority (80%) of AD sufferers being female. It is estimated that one in every 12 women, and one in every 20 men will develop an AD in their lifetime, and this statistic keeps increasing. ~ Kinsey Jackson, MS, CN
I understand this struggle because I have lived with Autoimmune Diseases for the past 40 years. I started suffering from Fibromyalgia during a time when doctors still believed in “growing pains” and nobody knew what Fibromyalgia was. As an adult, my health was further compromised by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis causing me to go on permanent disability leave ~ or (as my parents prefer to call it) “retired.” Later, when I unwittingly moved into a “sick building,” I was exposed to formaldehyde which caused my blood work to have “false positives” of Sjogren’s Syndrome.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that up to 24 million Americans are currently suffering from autoimmunity, which is likely a significant underestimate given that this number reflects only a small percentage of ADs for which good epidemiological studies were (at the time of estimate) available. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) figures this number is closer to 50 million Americans. But even when grossly underestimated, the prevalence of AD trumps the rates of some of the most commonly-discussed and widely-dreaded diseases. For example, cancer afflicts approximately 9 million Americans, while heart disease affects about 22 million. On a similar note, the NIH estimates that autoimmune disorders generate annual healthcare costs in the range of $100 billion (likely another underestimate), while cancer costs are nearly half of that, costing approximately $57 billion annually. ~ Kinsey Jackson, MS, CN
To date, scientists have discovered 100 different Autoimmune Diseases. This list includes some of the most commonly known:
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Graves Disease
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Celiac Disease
- Rhuematoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chron’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Autoimmune Hepatitis
- Addison’s Disease
- Cushings Syndrome
- Skin disorders (psoriasis, eczema, various types of dermatitis, etc.)
I have fought a long, hard battle for my health and quality of life with very little support from my family and friends. Thank Goddess for my sister who has helped me in too many ways to count. I am also grateful for a couple of girlfriends who witnessed my suffering first-hand and compassionately supported me, particularly one who has also lived with Autoimmune Diseases. Because of my essentially lone path, I came to rely on my connection to Spirit to help me cope and get me through, sometimes hour by hour. I know without a doubt that without my gift of Shamanic Medicine, I would not have survived.
Because of my deep gratitude to the Goddess and my appreciation for Shamanic Medicine, I offer myself in sacred service to other women like me. I have provided countless hours of free “healing” work. I also previously established a FibroFREE™ support group.
Now, my seva is taking a new form. I have combined my program, Relationships for the SOL™, with my Shamanic Medicine (Breath of Love™ and Jharra™) to create a new program, which includes a support group, called Sisters for the SOL™. This program is for women between the ages of 20 and 35. My intention is to help save them the lost decades, which often feels like a lifetime for me, by providing them a way to create a new social support system, strengthen their existing support system and reinforce their closest personal relationships.
I am desiring to collaborate with a couple of local (Lake County) yoga studios to provide the space required to support these brave women. Please contact me with your interest. Thank you!
Meanwhile, while this group is still forming in the Earth realm, please join us in the Air realm on Facebook.
Please note that participating in the Sisters for the SOL™ AD support program is no replacement for medical consultation. Medical advice, prescribed therapies and treatments should be followed and continued for the duration your medical practitioner recommends before and after participation in the Sisters for the SOL™ AD support program.
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