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'Til Health Do Us Part: One Woman's Extraordinary Story of Healing Paperback – May 1, 2019
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"In this well-crafted memoir, debut author Rooney chronicles her journey toward holistic wellness as she healed from a host of debilitating diseases and years of “emotional malnutrition.”
At age 49, Rooney “was being treated for a laundry list of auto-immune diseases,” and her family was falling apart. As she paints this bleak picture, she introduces readers to her past through flashbacks—physical and sexual abuse as a child, her joyful marriage disintegrating as her husband’s career progressed, and dozens of doctors piling on diagnoses and medications. In 2010, Rooney’s life took a life-altering turn when she moved to Hawaii and met Xavier, a shrewd, composed Eastern healer who guided her toward health. With his help, she separated herself from the “toxic environment” of her family, established a healthy diet, and learned to nurture herself. But the biggest hurdle was weaning herself from the heavy medications she had become dependent on for years (prescribed “by licensed drug dealers,” as Xavier puts it). As she made monumental strides to improve physically, she also engaged in the grueling emotional work of overcoming the “pattern of self-destruction rooted in an inability to love [herself].” Rooney’s writing style is genuine and engaging; short chapters keep the pace lively. She casts herself as a skeptic of Xavier’s suggestions and highly stubborn in implementing them, which adds some levity: “Do I really have to love myself unconditionally to get well?” she asks. “Can’t we just double up on the acupuncture and…sing a rousing rendition of Kumbaya?” It also makes her a particularly effective advocate of alternative medicine for critics who hold the same views she once held. Lastly, she captures Xavier’s advice in memorable stories and phrases, like his observation that in healing, “there’s a point...where you stop swimming away from something and begin to swim toward something.”
An astonishing yet plausible story of recovery told with authenticity and a healthy dose of humor." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Til Health Do Us Part: One Woman's Extraordinary Story of Healing addresses the problems of over-medication and drug interactions and follows author Julie Rooney's downward spiral from a series of debilitating diseases, charting the even more debilitating side effects caused by the many medications she was prescribed.
Given modern concerns about drug interactions and impacts, the timing of this story could not be better. An increasing number of patients are finding that the side effects of supposedly-benign treatments cause major problems. The question then becomes one of what to do, and Rooney maintains that patients can actually be empowered to take back their lives (albeit, not haphazardly).
Her process of investigation, information, and recovery will serve as a blueprint for others facing similar issues, even if their diagnoses are different. Hers is not a generalized discussion, however. Chapters pinpoint specific drugs prescribed for specific problems even as she notes that "...long before my list of medications lengthened, the drugs I was taking had begun to cause problems of their own. But that’s the great thing about Western medicine. There’s always something else to take for that."
From her step back from steroids even in the face of a medical emergency to the confusion resulting from trying to decide what to do ("My body’s telling me one thing, while each of the many voices in my head is telling me another. And they're all squawking like mynah birds trying to make themselves heard. So which voice am I supposed to listen to?" -- Midwest Book Review
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That this author, a nurse to boot, took healing into her own hands, with the help of an unexpected guide, and not only survived her ordeals but THRIVED – is a wake-up call to all of us. I hope this story gets shared a LOT because her journey could be any one of ours. I'm inspired and uplifted, more than I expected to be, and the writing, injected with humor and passion, made for a five-star worthy book that I'll be talking about with friends and family.
And yeah, they'll have to get their own copies, this one's MINE!
It’s a souls journey, a spiritual story, told by a woman as she discovers that the body, mind & breath are all connected. She comes to realize that her emotional state of consciousness is creating her physical challenges…..
Julie’s honest reflection & relationship with her emotional state of mind throughout the process of healing radiated with honesty unlike no other story. Very inspirational for anyone struggling to make changes in ones’ life.
Loved the easy to read short chapters. The chapters usually ended with a statement that enticed me to keep reading. I loved her sense of humor & short quips throughout the book that made me laugh.
As she reflects on her life, Julie takes complete responsibility for her reaction to the challenges she faced in her relationships & struggles. She completely exposes herself to anyone who wants to learn from her experience.
Julie shares personal details of her life choices which are relatable to many. She doesn’t just tell us healing on a physical level is possible when you look at your dietary choices & belief system, she takes us on her roller coaster ride as she deals with Xavier’s constant probing regarding the emotional component of awakening. Xavier’s enduring patience with her seems to fuel her sense of humor which allows her to express her true feelings.
Realizing that healing is beginning to occur as she shifts her beliefs is transformational. She comes to realize that taking care of her body & mind might bring her back from deaths’ door. Her guide, Xavier, is her consistent stable guiding voice that she begins to realize is aligned with her true essence.
You can feel her sorrow when she realizes that she needs to listen to & depend on her own intuitive voice in order to go forward & be truly healthy and happy.
Xavier helps her to connect with that inner voice which becomes the pivotal trigger that propels her forward with confidence in knowing she has established her connection to her essence. Her total healing is remarkable. Quite the courageous lady.
You’ll love the story. Enjoy
Reading Julie's book was amazing as our lives were similar. Our divorces were filed at the same time. When our sons were in second grade, we were both teacher's aides in their classroom. That is when we first met. At that time she was having health problems, but the doctors were telling her that her physical problems were really in her head. That did not seem likely to me....but I am not a doctor.
Her husband, Rob, was considered in our community, to be quite the hero. Rob is very intelligent and very good looking and ....quite the income earner. We were all surprised when she filed for divorce.
But that was then and this is now. I visited her in San Francisco about a month ago. She took me to acupuncture for a problem that I was having in my knee. Western medicine..therapy, had not helped, but the acupuncture healed me.
I have loaned Julie's book to a friend of mine. This woman was also sexually abused as a child and has a lot of physical issues related to that abuse. I am certain that Julie's book will help her as I think it could help many people.
Hooray for Julie for writing this very helpful book!!!!