I am doing something a little different in this post. I am doing an exercise in a book called The Peace Process. One of the questions in the purpose section is to understand why you chose this health profession. I spent a bit of time reflecting on this and I wanted to share my thoughts.
I think I have been moving toward a health career my whole life and just didn’t realize it. My father was in a wheelchair ever since I was a young kid and my brother and I were really on our own when it came to those things that most kids enjoyed as part of a normal father son relationship. This shaped me more than I know and in a number of different ways. I think I went through a metamorphosis from total fear to self-reliance to something bigger and better, compassion. I didn’t want to be subjected to a life chained to a chair and like anything in our universe its about attraction. As a young kid there were a lot of emotions that I just didn’t understand and really nobody to tell me any differently. I certainly love my dad, but these emotions were just too much to handle at times. So essentially, where thought goes, energy flows. In some obscure way I think I manifested illness that came about during the heart of my youth and rocked me like nothing before. Through this process I learned more about myself in the fourteen years of illness than all of the other years combined really. I went through the grieving emotions very slowly and when things finally went from bad to worse is when I really started to look up! I found purpose! I found the “why”. I didn’t fully understand it at the time, but sitting across from a doctor late in 2014 with nowhere really to go except on more aggressive medications really fired something in me! This grew like a wildfire and suddenly I was in the midst of full blown change. I began to learn and re-learn just how my actions had resulted in this illness manifesting itself. I learned that I had really been blind for most of my adult life which is kind of where most of us live at in this country. I realized that people, doctors, organizations and the very entities that are in place to protect us were indeed failing me…failing all of us! Through my studies I began to achieve a laser like focus that helped me to connect with my true calling as a voice for a better way of life for all of us. One where we are driving the car! One where we write our own prescriptions to good health! One where we take back our personal power! One where we stop feeding into a viscous cycle of decay and greed! I do have choices and they are rather powerful and positive indeed!
I have not yet obtained my nutritional therapy certification on paper, but in my heart and my mind I am here to give something positive to the world. I have just started reading this book, but I can already tell its going to be a game changer. Finding our true why is the key and path to happiness! I sincerely hope for you to find your why in this life!
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey