So, in between blizzards on the East Coast, I had the second biopsy on the nodule on my thyroid.Read More
...Here I go again, she sings. The 2nd biopsy of my thyroid nodule is finally here, five months after the 6.8cm nodule (along with several smaller ones) was discovered and biopsied the first time.
Oh no! It's not called Here I Go Again - it's called Here You Come Again! Talk about a double-dyslexic attack...But I get such a kick out of Dolly I'm leaving it.
There is good news.
- I feel fine, always have. No thyroid malfunction.
- The nodule is noticeably smaller (tho it’s still there, and tho who knows if I have normalized the cells, as I visualize in my meditations – spreading out the fried egg-like cells so they’re not overlapping, clearing up the yolks of the nuclei).
- I’ve really, really enjoyed this blogging, how it’s widened my focus and that of Hope Sings to include music, inspiration and wellness/healing.
After 5 months of -
- weekly acupuncture,
- major diet modification,
- daily meditation/visualization/blockage-specific yoga,
- vocalizing –
- not to mention the pricey electrified waters –
(maybe I should have seen a gypsy...oops...)
After all that, I wonder: how did I do?
(And I also wonder how much I’ll blame myself if I didn’t do well enough, which my pal Holly B brought up. Will I feel like a failure if the nodule is still too big to leave alone and more likely the cells are cancerous - a 2nd data point the biopsy will give).
My dear friend Gail (anesthesiologist, passionate lover of life and founder of an awesome social enterprise, Spiralis Ventures) reminded me of another, perhaps even more important healing factor I hadn’t recognized:
all the prayers, positive thoughts and support I’ve received
from family, friends, practitioners and total strangers over the past months.
And that may be the best “treatment” of all. LOVE.
So if you are so inclined, on Tuesday February 11 at 8:45 am EST – send a little love wave up to Mt. Kisco NY and yours truly.
I am not scared of the procedure or the results, not at all. But I am sooooooo curious.
On June 13, 2013. I go to a "group reading" event with Elana Kilkenny in New Canaan, CT.
Elana is, to quote her blog, “an inspirational psychic, intuitive Feng Shui designer, healer, writer, and spirited teacher.”
To quote me, "she is awesome."
Elana is HIGHLY intuitive. I met her through my friend Mindy Levine (another very inspirational individual). I had seen her for a private session about 9 months before, when I felt I was at a crossroads in my life. She summoned up some incredible insights and information – way out there (I had been a samurai??), but way right on.
So I go to this session at Rosie Cafe in New Canaan. There are about 25 of us, and we each pull a card from the tarot deck. Elana, using the cards as a psychic prompt, provides a reading for each woman (it’s all women, surprise surprise).
Somehow, I feel almost everything she says is directed to me.
Stop telling the Old Story. TELL A NEW STORY.
Focus on the SOLUTION not the Problem. Not the Why, but THE WHAT NEXT.
Look at the world and others with INNOCENCE.
See people differently, hold them in your heart differently.
Which of these really speak to YOU?
Now she comes to me. She says:
"I don’t know what this means, but I’m hearing, Get back to the ELEMENTAL BETH."
(When Elana talks, it’s as if she’s channeling voices she hears. She says some people have clairvoyance – she has clairaudience.)
Then she says/they say:
Write. Write easily, simply, just do it (thank you Nike for ruining that phrase forever). UNBLOCK yourself.
I think, This is exactly what I have known in my heart for ages. Is this the kick in the psychic butt I’ve been needing?
Next morning, I get up and a lyric leaps out. For the first time in a long time. Full-formed, like Aphrodite on the half-shell.
See, there is this bird who sits on the rearview mirror of our old Ford Focus parked in the driveway. He checks himself out. Just about everyday.
I see that bird, and I write.
Looking in the mirror
What do you see?
Looking in my rearview mirror
Loving what you see,
Happy as can be.
To be a bird
Not just any old bird
But a Ruby Red Bird.
Look at me -
Looking in the mirror
What do I see?
It’s like I'm looking
In the rearview mirror
Not me I see,
It’s the me I used to be.
To be a bird
Not just this old bird
But a groovy new bird.
Look at me -
Stop looking in the mirror
And look at me
I’m a liwi - whee…
Now, I really want this to be a pop song. But that bridge - the laundry list of strange red birds - yanks me back to musical theatre land. I like that bridge. But I hate it, too. I put the lyric away.
11 weeks later, late August, they find the nodule on my thyroid. The BLOCKAGE.
As I've written before, I believe this blockage, this nodule is connected with the fact it's been years since I wrote freely, effortlessly and years since I sang at all. Okay, some of you may be rolling your eyes. Roll away. I believe what I believe.
Early September, I sign myself up for a songwriting class in Ridgefield CT with award-winning Kevin Briody.
In that class, I write my first piece of music ever - for "Red Bird". I write 2 other songs, too.
Early November, I record "Red Bird" – with me singing the vocal. Singing. Finally. Something I vowed to my mother I would do as I sat down after singing “Ave Maria” at her funeral 18 months earlier (she used to so love Xmas church service, the only time I sang anymore).
Then a couple of days ago, Elana sent out a note about Gratitude. Feeling and expressing gratitude restores our love of life, of others, of ourselves. She shared a few ideas about how to express.
Writing this blog about Elana's gift is how I’m expressing my gratitude to her. For her kick in my psychic butt.
It is also how I express my gratitude to you, Kind Readers. I now know for a fact there are a few of you out there who do read it and, miraculously, find value in it. It is that that keeps me writing it.
I ask you now:
WHAT IS YOUR "WHY"?
I’m always looking for My WHY. Why bother to write? If it’s just for me and my notebook, it feels like masturbation (sorry for the off-color reference, but it feels the most apt).
But if you read it and find value – there’s My Why.
If someone hears one of my songs and feels infinitesimally better, if someone sings it and connects to it successfully – there’s My Why.
WHAT IS YOUR "WHY" ?
It can be fame. It can be fortune. It can be sheer cussed competitiveness. It can be a song-writing contest. It can be a wedding.
Where's My Why, my pipeline, for this new kind of song for me? A song that's kinda pop, kinda quirky (you can take Beth out of musical theatre, but you can’t take the musical theater out of Beth).
Actually, it's reminiscent of Jill Sobule. She’s kinda pop and kinda quirky. She's found her way, has her own distinct voice. Love that song she wrote about global warming (below).
There's not a lot of funny pop songwriters. Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III, We Might Be Giants, Alanis Morissette. Though even Taylor Swift can be funny (2nd below).
(Who am I forgetting? Nominations, please.)
Back to the whole thesis of this series of blogs - I wonder:
If I write more funny pop songs and maybe even sing them –
will my nodule go away?
Only one way to find out.
Have you written a funny pop song? Send it to me - if I laugh out loud, I'll post it. There's a Why for you.
OMG! I JUST REALIZED ELANA HAS RED HAIR. SO, IN THE ENGLISH PARLANCE -
SHE'S A RED BIRD
It’s a muggy day in June, and my friend Susan and I (plus my friend Sharon) are doing hydro-calisthenics in Susan's pool in Wilton, CT.
Susan is telling me how she was cured of Lyme disease after 3 years of being on and off antibiotics.
By drinking electrically charged waters.
I’m only listening with half an ear because I’m busy treading water (I really do not like hydro-calisthenics).
90 days later I am on the phone with Susan, listening with both ears wide open. Doctor S. has found a mongo nodule in my thyroid, and I don’t want to leap to surgery. I want to try something “alternative.”
For those of you who don’t know from alternative therapies, there are LOTS of them. There’s -
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Qi Gong, Feng Shui, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, diet, reiki, crystals, aromatherapy, homeopathy, meditation, crystals, toning, aromatherapy, colors - even healing with Tibetan bowls.
Many of these therapies work by releasing blockages in our energy meridians - channels that connect our body in somewhat mysterious ways (stick a needle in your left ankle and your right elbow feels better – I speak from experience).
Some treatments, more specifically, stimulate and restore healthy vibrational balance. And that’s what these electrically-charged waters do. It’s called VIBRATIONAL HEALING (or Quantum Healing), and master herbalogist Andrea Candee is the one who “cured” Susan.
For those of you with Lyme disease – or a loved one with it - Andrea has an extraordinary cure rate for what has come to be, for many, an uncurable condition through a combination of these waters, in combination with with herbs and a low-inflammatory diet.
Vibrational Healing, as practiced by Andrea and a handful of others around the world, is based on the laws of Quantum Physics. Everything has a specific vibration, a specific wave pattern, even solid items. Expose one item and its vibration to an object with the exact opposite vibration – and that first item disintegrates.
Just like the opera singer and the wine glass. When her high note vibrates in directly inverse waves to the crystal champagne glass – you guessed it.
Ditto for pathogens - bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc in your body that cause disease. They have vibrations. Introduce the opposite wave to them, and they dissolve.
And how do you introduce those waves into your body?
You drink them. Electrically charged waters.
It’s more complicated than a blog can support. If you're interested, read more at Healers Who Share.
So – back to that phone call. When I hang up, I’m super excited.
However, after 20 minutes of fruitless Google searching, I’m nervous.
There is zero about it on-line. Except on Andrea’s and Healers websites.
But you know, I’m like this: once I’ve opened the door and looked in the room, I can’t not go in. I will always wonder, Brando-like, what might have been.
I guess this is my Quantum Leap. Pun intended.
I decide to do it.
Though the doctors say my thyroid needs to come out, I've now got a way to see if I can avoid that. As they say, it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings.
En Vogue didn't just say it - they sang it!
Have I ever not taken a doctor’s advice?
(Have you? Think about it).
Maybe I’ve not followed it to the letter – not been super respectful of all the stretching reps I’m supposed to do for a shoulder injury – but I’ve always been a pretty obedient gal – a Good Girl - in all ways.
So I wonder why I am not jumping to do what Doctor S. (as I’ll call him, in the German style) has recommended. Take out my thyroid. At least, the half with the huge nodule.
I don’t even feel conflicted or guilty about this insubordination. Doctor S. may end up being right and it may be Bye Bye Thy – but I am clear I have some stuff to figure out first.
Can I shrink this big ole nodule? If I can do that, half my problem (the sheer size of it) diminishes as well.
And if I can shrink it, can I normalize those irregular Hurthle cells, too, while I’m at it?
Not 2 minutes into my Google search, the Universe gives me a powerful ally: Dr. Bernie Siegel (or just Bernie, as he prefers it).
Bernie's book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles,” is subtitled “Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients.”
A Western doctor talking about “self-healing”? I like it already.
And not another 2 minutes after that, my brother returns my earlier call so I can update him on my situation. Bill has bravely and brilliantly dealt with MS with a combination of medication, meditation, biofeedback and diet. He has actually reversed lesions in his brain. That never happens.
I tell him my good news: that the cancer chance for my nodule is low (15-20%), that all my tests for thyroid function are normal. I tell him I’m not rushing to take it out.
I ask Bill if there are any books I should read. This is the first time I’ve been “sick.” He is a law professor who is incredibly thorough about everything and a very, very deep thinker (I say he is an oil well, I am an oil spill).
Guess his first recommendation. Yup.
Though Bernie is a surgeon, he doesn’t feel like his major job is cutting (for anyone who knows a surgeon, this is pretty extraordinary).
Bernie believes that -
We …”can change the body by dealing with how we feel.”
“...emotional growth toward greater self-acceptance and fulfillment helps keep the immune system strong.”
“...most self-induced cures don’t get into the medical literature.”
Illness “can allow a person to take time off to reflect, meditate, and chart a new course.”
(All bolding is mine).
And lastly, he suggests we ask the $64 question:
Why did you need this illness?
There is no blame in his question, no fault implied.
So - if you are not well – in ways minor or major – I ask you what I am asking myself:
Why did you need this illness?
Doctor my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the prize for having learned how not to cry?