Here’s the story of a lovely lady with three children who met a man who was busy with three children of his own.
Together they formed a family - but this is not the story of the Brady Bunch.
Instead, this is a real life account of how perseverance prevails over hardship when two people use their love for each other to overcome heartache in their family.
When Curtis married Racheal in 2007 they thought they would live happily ever after because they loved each other so much. The newlyweds had a beautiful new home built for them to meet the needs of their expanded family of eight. They outfitted it with new furniture, decorative finishing touches and paint to make their new home picture perfect.
Little did they know at the time that mold had developed due to shoddy workmanship. Add to that the exposure of chemical compounds from new building materials and furnishings, and this indoor toxic stew was slowly starting to make Curtis’ wife sick.
At first, Rachael’s symptoms started with back pain. They switched out at least six different beds to find something that was comfortable for Racheal to sleep on – only to expose her to even more toxic chemicals.
Then Racheal started having heart problems. She noticed her heart was racing a lot of the time and was skipping a beat. They went to see a cardiologist but could not find anything wrong with her heart.
This was the start of a two year ordeal where Racheal and Curtis visited every specialist that they could think of. Eventually, they ended up at an environmental doctor, who confirmed that Racheal was suffering from toxic overload due to the mold and exposure to new textiles involved with their house. At that point she was diagnosed with severe chemical sensitivities and also had a battery of tests that confirmed that she was pretty much allergic to everything. Now that they had the condition identified, they thought that this would be the start of the end of their nightmare. Instead it was just the beginning.
The doctor recommended that Racheal move away from their unhealthy home and start a very strict detoxifying process at a facility that treated those with chemical sensitivities.
Racheal moved into a sparsely furnished, cold, sterile hotel room where other patients with similar conditions would stay while undergoing treatments. She was alone most of the time. Her husband tried to juggle his roles as husband, father and provider. Eventually he would lose his business due to the financial and emotional strains this illness put on him and his family.
Yet the worst of all of this was that Racheal was not getting any better.
“How come my wife is not getting any better?!” a frustrated Curtis demanded to know from the doctors who were treating her.
“She’s just going to have to get used to living like this,” was the best they could offer him in response.
That was not an answer that Curtis was about to accept.
While their kids cried for their mother’s return, Curtis scoured the Internet in search of an answer.
That is when he found my website.
As Curtis shared his story with our class, he fought back tears as he described the events that happened next.
“I loved my wife so much that I would do anything in the world to fix it… When I came across Annie Hopper’s website, I knew in my heart that this was the answer”.
“I went to my wife; she was in the cold sterile hotel room, sitting on the floor. I told her that I found the answer. She looked at me like (skeptically) ‘Sure you did’. I shared with her what I found and we both cried. We believed that there was finally light at the end of the tunnel.”
That was over two years ago.
Racheal did indeed attend my program in the Fall of 2011 and almost immediately started to recover. Today she is attending her kids’ school events, eating in restaurants, travelling in airplanes, staying in hotels, and socializing with friends – all of which she was unable to do for years.
Yet, most importantly, Racheal is back home being a loving mother and wife once again to her six kids and Curtis.
Chemical sensitivity is just one of many chronic conditions that is associated with limbic system trauma in the brain. Through effectively rewiring her limbic system, Racheal is now able to go wherever she wants to go and do whatever she wants to do. Other conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, anxiety and depression are also associated with limbic system dysfunction and can be effectively treated through rewiring limbic system function.
If you or someone you know is ready to embrace recovery in a new way, we invite you to attend our next seminar at Ocean Resort on Vancouver Island February 6 to 10. Our live program is now a five-day full immersion program facilitated by senior DNRS coach Candy Widdifield and myself. We are here to help you optimize your own recovery process. Sign up by January 20th and save $300. Meals and accommodations are provided.
Curtis’ riveting talk to our class can be found here.
Annie Hopper is a Limbic System Neuroplasticity Specialist and can be reached at www.dnrsystem.com