I’m not going to lie, my first ever visit to Joan was a desperate attempt to find some relief from an illness and symptoms which had taken over my body. To say I was cynical is an
understatement, but that was because no doctors could give me answers or help me and everything I had tried before made no difference.
Nearly 3 years ago I was a victim of medical negligence at the hands of the NHS, I contracted sepsis from a routine operation, which went unnoticed and untreated and nearly died. I underwent 3 major operations in 3 weeks and was left with a large open wound which needed daily packing and dressing. As a result I suffered countless more infections and have been left with what has now been diagnosed as chronic and irreversible muscular and nerve damage, which has completely changed my life, I am unable to work, or simple stand or walk for more than a few minutes, and I am always in great pain. At first I was told all the pain and symptoms were in my head and I was pushed from doctor to doctor, none of whom were willing to help me. This is when Joan was recommended to me by a friend of my mothers. At the time I literally had nothing to lose by trying reflexology so I went. On my first visit I arrived as a broken woman, physically, mentally and spiritually. Joan could sense this from the second I walked in her door. I told her briefly about why I had come to her, and she set to work. She was able to find things wrong with me which I had never mentioned, and she went in to more detail about what was wrong and what needed fixing.
I started going weekly for several months and Joan managed to ‘reset’ many things which were wrong with my body. My bowel which hadn’t worked since the operations started working again, as if nothing was wrong. I found myself having more energy and was no longer confined to my bed as before. Whilst I am not cured and never will be the improvement I’ve had since starting reflexologist with Joan inimmeasurable. Joan gave me suggestions of things to discuss with my GP which lead on to me a consultant who is helping gain further treatment such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and cognitive therapy.
Most importantly, I can hand on heart say I wouldn’t be here today without Joan. To me my life was over, but reflexology has helped me gain back part of me again, especially in one particular way. Last year I got married. I managed to walk down the aisle and spend a day celebrating with friends and family (including Joan and her husband) which before reflexology was something my now husband and I could only dream of because we knew in reality it wasn’t something my body would be able to manage, and we have Joan to thank for making possible. 2 years later I am now honoured and grateful to call Jo an and friend, and look forward to continuing in my treatments; there simply aren’t enough words to say how thankful I am
for everything she has done for me.