Well, after 10 long days at Mayo Clinic I am finally home. It feels good to be back, however, my time spent at Mayo was well worth it! After 8 long years I finally have a diagnosis. I have what is called Non-Epileptic Spells. It is a disease of the sub-conscience. It is caused by some type of trauma to my sub-conscience, and is cured by cognitive therapy on the sub-conscience level which includes things such as hypnosis.
I know this sounds quite strange. It took me days to wrap my head around what all this means. The doctors at the clinic were excellent and more than willing to spend quite a bit of time explaining this diagnosis to me. At first I thought they were telling me I was crazy and that it was all in my head, but they were very adamant to point out that this is a real disease and something completely beyond my control. They said it is actually quite common but very hard to diagnose, they see a lot of it because most people end up at Mayo in order to get the correct diagnosis. In fact while I was there another lady was discharged who received the same diagnosis...her symptoms were almost identical to mine. Basically my sub-conscience is making my body sick. Doctors I spoke with said that this is a very powerful and serious disease, they have seen it cause a variety of other diseases including cancer and even death. In my case it is sending me into mini coma's.
The good news is that the doctors are very hopeful that I can fully recover from this and go on to live a happy, healthy, life. It is not going to be easy, and it's not going to happen overnight, but I can do it and I will get better. I have an appointment on Monday to talk with my insurance company to find the best person on my insurance plan that specializes in this kind of cognitive therapy.
Thank you again for all of your prayers, love, and support. I don't know if I could have made it this far without you!
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