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Sarah Andrews – Autoimmune Disorder & Advanced Cancer Treatment

I am on the faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I teach in areas of social work theory and practice.

I was diagnosed in winter of 1992 with dermatomyositis, a rare, inflammatory autoimmune disorder that creates progressive muscle weakness and a distinctive skin rash.

I was extremely ill and was treated for a number of years, but very fortunate early on to be introduced to the guided imagery, Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.

Now, I didn't have either disease, but the imagery created for that audio program was an exact match to what was occurring in my own body with the dermatomyositis.

I listened to that tape twice a day for a number of years. I could recite it by heart. The good news is that after years of faithful listening and medical intervention, I healed from the illness and have had no recurrence.

Years later, in the Fall of 2013, I was diagnosed with an advanced stage cancer. Subsequent treatment included weeks of radiation and infusion chemotherapy, with several serious consequences, one a hospitalization with infected radiation burns.

Throughout the difficulty of treatment, I listened daily (alternating among them) to Optimizing Chemotherapy, Optimizing Radiation, Fight Cancer, Healthful Sleep, and Relaxation and Wellness.

I have just had my one year anniversary of finishing treatment and am cancer-free. I continue to use Relaxation and Wellness, Healthful Sleep, and Healing Trauma regularly and find them all helpful to my healing and well being.

I'll say too that in the past I have used Successful Surgery and found it adaptive to healing well from surgical wounds. I have also shared this with friends who have found it helpful.

I thank Belleruth and Health Journeys for their profoundly important work over the years -- especially during those early years when naysayers discounted the work they were doing.

My life is better and my healing substantially enhanced through the use of what you have created, and I am forever grateful. I will also continue to pass along what I have learned to my students and to encourage them to learn more about this important support and intervention.

Sarah S. Andrews, MA, MSSA, LISW-S
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University

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