Back in the late 80’s, when I was writing our first batch of 7 illness-specific guided imagery audiotapes, I felt I was on pretty solid ground with the psychological and emotional impact of a disease, but I needed expert, seasoned medical consultation on how each disease behaved in the body, all the way down to the cellular level – what got it started and how the body instinctively worked to heal it, as well as the symptoms involved, and dynamics of the treatment process.
I knew I had to get it right, and independent research was only going to take me so far. But I had a terrible time getting physicians to talk to me about this
So, now, it’s 1988, and the Chemo guided imagery tape is still a smash hit at University Hospitals of Cleveland. By now, I’ve moved my private practice from Washington DC to NE Ohio. My husband is Dean of Case Western Reserve’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and I’m quietly seeing clients and doing my part as “The Lovely Mrs. Dean”, hosting many, many, many dinner parties and receptions.
Has it really been 30 years since we got this mind-body audio adventure rolling? I’ve been reminiscing about our very humble beginnings. And making what eventually became the first Health Journeys cassette tape.
Sometime around 1986-7, a woman I’m going to call Bonnie booked an appointment with my psychotherapy practice. She was looking for help with fighting stage 4 breast cancer and gearing up for chemotherapy.