The difference between being the manager of your disease and the founder of your health

This week, I attended a Zoom meeting with Adabelle Carson, a therapist who specializes in chakra rebalancing. The topic was “finding your ultimate why”. 

Adabelle invited us to ask ourselves: why am I doing what I am doing? It sounds very simple when you put it that way. But then it’s a matter of continuing to question yourself by asking why, why, why… until you arrive at the sentence that will make you move mountains. 

It’s the word responsibility that immediately came to mind. It’s the word that would make me climb Mount Everest or swim across the English Channel. I want to help people re-establish themselves in their responsibility, regain control over their physical, mental and emotional health. 

After that, I continued to question myself. Why am I so obsessed with the idea of individual responsibility? And then the images of me at the American Hospital in Reims popped into my mind. Since I was a child, I have navigated the dark waters of asthma and eczema, two conditions that “belong in the same field”, according to the doctors. In other words, if you have one, no wonder you have the other. 

Growing up with the idea that asthma and eczema were part of me and that one couldn’t go without the other, I was sent to “asthma school”, a program offered by the hospital to teach children how to manage their asthma: what to do as a sport, when and how to take their medication, what happens in the bronchial tubes when you have an asthma attack, and so on. One day, I even went on National television, which had come to cover the program.

Meanwhile, I kept going to the emergency room every three months in the middle of the night and applying cortisone creams that burned my skin where the eczema was manifesting itself. 

I was never taught how to breathe in asthma school, I was never given a list of foods that create mucus in the body, I was never told I could reverse asthma. “There’s a 50/50 chance it’ll go away by the time you’re a teenager” was the only thing I was told. 

The time and energy of entire families is invested in this kind of program. Public money is invested in this kind of program. The minds of children and parents are fogged up and individual responsibility is absent. 

That’s where my why comes from. That is why I have never stopped looking for solutions. When I turned 18 and the children’s hospital could no longer take care of me, I was dropped into the wilderness. It was also the time when my mother became interested in essential oils, paving the way for an alternative way of thinking that now culminates in my involvement with doTerra. 

I never explained to myself why I was an entrepreneur at heart, even though I don’t come from a family of business owners or entrepreneurs. I never really knew why working for someone else’s vision is so unbearable for me. 

But looking back at the asthma school, maybe I understand. It’s the difference between being the manager of your disease or the founder of your health. It’s a difference that, presented in those words, seems obvious and even gross. But it’s very subtle, really. 

Am I learning to know when to take my drug out or am I learning how to breathe properly? 

This is a subtle difference even within natural methods. Do I learn which essential oil to use to massage my belly or do I change my diet when my digestion becomes heavy? 

It is the eternal dichotomy between cause and consequence, between public opinion and individual thinking, between economics and ethics… 

We could debate this for hours. But since wisdom lies in action, I’ve chosen my side. Today, it has been almost ten years since I went to the hospital, since I carried the asthma disk in my bag and since I bought a cortisone cream. 

I have chosen to be the founder of my health and I’m making this choice every day again, with enthusiasm, discipline and joy. 

Helping those who cross my path to do the same, not to be afraid of the great responsibility that comes with being the founder of your health and to reclaim its power, that is what would make me move mountains, climb Mount Everest and swim across the English Channel. See you on the other side! 

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