Hi John!

I had a reading from you earlier this year at the Milwaukee spirit expo. At the time I was experiencing debilitating foot and back pain. In your reading, you said surgery was the way forward. I was extremely depressed and my life was at a stand still at the time. The idea of surgery was scary but so was facing a life of disability.  

Well, I found a new doctor, #12 I saw, one who trained staff and would take my questions seriously (as you said) and I did have surgery on May 12th - anterior lumbar fusion of L5/S1. Four days in the hospital. It wasn't easy but I am so much better. I woke up from surgery with intense burning pain in my foot but somehow my depression had lifted. I felt like that black cloud had gone. I still experienced some anxiety but overall I felt much lighter mentally. The recovery road was not easy but honestly the pain from surgery was never as bad as before the surgery. And luckily that burning pain has lessened over time as my impinged nerve heals. Within a month I was off of hydrocodone and just taking Tylenol as needed. 

It's 4 months later and I have a lot of my life back. I'm not pain-free, but I can walk and I am getting better. I'm not sure if I'll ever be at 100% before the pain occurred. Last week I hiked 4 miles in the forest, my absolute favorite activity. That hasn't been possible for almost three years and it has been so hard on my soul. 

So I wanted to say thank you and let you know the positive impact you made in my life. The best part perhaps is that my mom, who came with me, does not believe in western medicine in any way and your reading turned her toward advocating for surgery for me. It wasn't technically on the table at the time we met but when I found the doctor who wanted to do it she didn't resist and that support meant a lot. I rolled into surgery with calm and confidence (highly recommend the audiobook Guided Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery by Belleruth Naparstek). 

Wishing you all the best,