I have a dream…team that is. A dream team is a team of totally amazing healers, friends, family members, and animals (pets) that rally around you at any given moment to help the healing process move forward. That is the official definition according to me. Maybe someday that will make it into the dictionary? Anyway, my dream team is awesome but it took quite some time to get it just right. I “fired” plenty of doctors, nurse practitioners, alternative healers, and even some friends along the way. The idea is that whoever isn’t supporting you and making you feel loved and important is probably placing an extra burden on you and your healing and they GOTS to go.
I have seen over 25 different medical professionals. Some just weren’t a good fit, some were completely incompetent, and some were not listening to my needs and desires. If you take nothing else away from this post take this advice; DO NOT SETTLE. If you do not like your practitioner find a new one! Any healer in my opinion should make you feel good. They should be knowledgeable, you should feel comfortable telling them exactly what you are in need of at any given moment, and you should have a warm relationship with them. If they disregard what you say, if they are pushy, and if they don’t take time with you get your booty outta there.
The other very important piece of advice about creating a dream team is that it takes more than just one person to heal. Don’t depend on one doctor to give you all of the answers. I think the key is to seek a multi-faceted approach that combines both eastern and western medicine. Each approach has its place and its benefits. Find what works for you! Ayurveda may work for some but not others. Maybe you are more of an acupuncture type of person but you also need a little splash of kinesiology. Do what makes YOU feel good, supported, and well taken care of. For me personally, I feel best when I see a kinesiologist, my primary care physician, and a dietician with occasional chiropractic tune-ups and massages.
Last but not least. Always remember that the #1 person on your dream team is YOU! You know your body best. You know what food makes it feel good and what kind of exercise it likes most. You are the only one that knows when it’s time to rest. Be kind to yourself, be patient, and be your own advocate (or bring another dream team member along who can advocate for you).
So, that is how you create a dream team. I highly recommend having one as it makes everything a little easier and more enjoyable. I think the same concept as raising a child applies to healing a chronic illness, it takes a village. So go out there with your awesome village of awesome people and kick your illness to the curb.