Steve was assigned to be my mentor at Toastmasters. In my opinion, he was the best speaker there. Steve spoke confidently and with heart. He shone with light as he presented his speeches. In my short time at Toastmasters in Mornington, I got to know Steve and what brought him to become a marathon bike rider and an advocate for those suffering from MS (Multiple Sclerosis).
He was diagnosed with the disease 10 years ago. This diagnosis is usually a life sentence because it is an incurable disease that leads to an early death. Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensitivity to touch. With MS, the nerves of the brain and spinal cord get damaged by the immune system.
How to respond to health diagnosis and heal
After Steve’s diagnosis, he started to lose his energy and was so exhausted, there were days he could not get out of bed. He had many people tell him “You have to fight the disease.” He received so much advice on what to do; he was confused. Steve then decided to do the exact opposite of fighting the disease: he surrendered to it and let his body dictate what it needed.
He gave up all fear about what the disease could do to his life. He was so exhausted that he did not even have the energy to feel fearful of what ultimately could happen to him. When his body needed sleep, he slept, when it needed food, he ate. He tuned into feeling what his body needed and followed what it was telling him. Over time he made a remarkable recovery.
He took up bike riding and began competing in marathons that not even I could attempt without years of training and strict discipline. He is not in a wheelchair, although that was the original direction his body was headed. His friend, who was diagnosed with MS at the same time, is now dead.
The Universe has a way of helping us
Today Steve says his energy and health is so much better than ten years ago when he could not even muster the energy to get out of bed. He has beaten the odds of a disease that chronically deteriorates the body. He now travels all around Victoria speaking to MS sufferers and offers another perspective and hope that things can turn around, even when people are told it is impossible.
He has a powerful message for all of us to “feel and follow” what our body and spirit needs. I have always been an advocate that we must tune into ourselves, as the messages lie within. We are all unique, and we have different needs, and our body is always telling us what it wants.
As I look back on my own life, I remember the moment I felt a strong connection to energy healing and that it would lead me to my recovering, and it did. I too stand here today physically and emotionally pain-free because I stopped fighting and began feeling what my body and spirit needed. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Sending you blessings and healing on your road to reach your greatness.
Blessings and love,