Two weeks ago today, I had multiple abdominal hernias repaired. My doctors projected I would be in surgery for 4 hours and in the hospital 3 to 4 days. I got this CD and listened to it every night before I went to bed for a few weeks. It helped reduce my anxiety prior to surgery, my surgery took less than 3 hours and I was discharged after 2 days. I was off narcotics within 36 hours. One of my surgeons said this surgery was "a lot easier" than he expected. Guided imagry and affirmations are so powerful! I am grateful I used this tool and would highly recommend it! Thank you Health Journeys and Belleruth! To you I am grateful :) December 2011 --Stephanie (reprint from Health Journeys website)
I had my double jaw surgery 4 weeks ago, and feel like I never had it done. After one week I was back at the gym, and by 2 weeks the swelling was all gone. The surgeon said I "behaved very well during the procedure' i.e low blood loss and blood pressure, and even the nurses said afterwards how well I was doing. From comparisons to other jaw surgery patients, I feel like I superwoman, and this meditation I believe is one of the differences. I listened to both parts before the surgery 4-5 times (including the morning of), and listened to the affirmations in the first couple of nights after the procedure, as I found sleep difficult, and it was quite comforting. I HIGHLY recommend this. At every step of the recovery, I have been told by everyone involved in my care how exceptionally well I am doing. It shows that the power of the mind is very influential, and this steers your mind in such a positive direction. March 2011 --Christina (reprint from Health Journeys website)
Wow...thats all I can say. I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer 1B2 a few months ago. I underwent a radical hysterectomy combined with femoral hernia repair 10 days ago. I downloaded this surgery meditation/guided imagery a week before surgery. I listened to it both awake and asleep and right up to before i was taken into the operating room. I was told by both the hernia and the oncology surgeon that the surgery went beautifully and was so easy, that my hernia had popped back in which made it so much easier for him to repair. All the doctors/nurses told me that my incision(about 8 inches) was one of the most beautiful and well healed wounds they had ever seen. I was released from hospital after 4/5 days and told by oncology surgeon it was one of the fastest recoveries he had ever seen. I'm not one to write reviews on anything, but I just had to about this....as it was uncanny how successful the operation and the recovery was and great thanks to you BelleRuth. Remember also, diet/nutrition play a huge role too...I refused all medications after two days and ate great organic food and juices both before and after surgery. The mind and the body can do amazing things if you provide them with the right tools...and this surgery meditation is one of those right tools. Thank you so much again :) Rosie (Sydney, Australia) September 2008 --Rosie (reprint from Health Journeys website)
About the Author
Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages and called one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated looks at imagery and intuition. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade . As Prevention Magazine noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran s Administration, the U.S. Dept of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, scores of pharmas and nearly 2000 hospitals and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in many instances free of charge to recipients. Recently she has been developing military-friendly resources with the help of the U.S. Army and the Ft. Sill Resiliency Center, and DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence) has declared guided imagery one of their Twelve Promising Practices. Her audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for military sexual trauma and combat stress at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital. Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She also did a brief stint as a musical comedy actress at Second City and The Tip Top Tap of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, and says that her musical comedy skills sometimes come in handy for teaching.