Hi! My name is Lis McPheeters and I have devoted a good part of my life to Holistic Healthcare. Holistic Health is just a different way of looking at health and well being that supports the mind, body, and spirit. It is not a new concept, as other cultures have been using holistic practices for centuries. I have been very passionate about Holistic Healthcare for almost 20 years. I share my story in hopes of helping others with what helped me.
My journey to Holistic Healthcare began in 1997 when I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I was 23. The doctors were less than optimistic about my disease process and their bedside manner left a lot to be desired. There was very little discussion on how to manage or heal my body because there were no answers. There was no cure for Crohn's, period. I could manage my disease with drugs, but there was no guarantee that the drugs would even work. They would simply write prescriptions for other drugs until something "worked." I also needed to follow a diet that restricted any raw fruit, raw veggies, or anything that was healthy. I was doomed to a diet of soft, easily digested food that provided me with little to no nutrition. Needless to say, it did not settle very well with me. Was this to be my life?
I began seeing an Herbalist and doing my own research. I cross-referenced ingredients of the foods that triggered me. Years of trying to find answers left me, and those closest to me, frustrated and exasperated. I read everything I could find on my disease, and tried many different things, but nothing really helped.
I moved on to Energy Work and began seeing a practitioner. More years went by, and I began to feel as though she had helped me as much as she could. Still, I suffered. My body was so toxic, heavy, and bloated all the time. Mentally, I was miserable. I pretended I was happy but everyone except for me saw right through it. This was taking a toll on me in every possible aspect of my life....my body, my mind, my spirit, my relationships, my jobs, everything.
In the meantime, I suffered a late miscarriage, 2 ectopic pregnancies, was in a marriage that was failing, and was at odds with my family. Shortly after my failed pregnancies, I began to get sick again. Really sick. So sick that I needed to have surgery to remove part of my small intestine. This was the absolute proof that everything I was doing didn't work. It killed my spirit. I was deflated in so many ways. Yet, somehow I knew I was on the right path.
A Hail Mary presented herself in the form of a Reiki Practitioner. I began to see her every couple of weeks and things began to shift for me slowly. I eventually learned Reiki from her and my world began to change. I knew I had found my calling. I wanted more and knew I wasn't going to find it in the world I was living in.
I enrolled in the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and hauled my cookies all the way to Phoenix, Az to pursue my dream. This is where my true transformation began. I started to learn how much emotions can affect our physical bodies, and started to correlate my own emotions to my disease process. I had to face my own demons and it was not an easy road, not by a long shot.
Through my classes of Transformational Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, journaling, and meditation, I began a huge shift. Once I got to the root of my own emotional issues and triggers, my body changed. My mind changed as well, and so did my spirit.
I learned that I was a stuffer. An emotional stuffer and was a master of my craft. On the outside I did my best to appear strong and put together. On the inside, I was dying. No one was going to know how much I was suffering on the inside, I made sure of that. I swallowed my emotions and stuffed them deep inside my body. Hmmm......any wonder how I got a disease of my intestines??
My body was so toxic that everything in my life from relationships, to jobs, to friends......were toxic. I learned to set boundaries and to process my emotions appropriately. I needed to grieve over the loss of my babies, my failed marriage, and all the bad stuff my toxic relationships had done to me over the years.
I took responsibility for my part in all of this and once I did, my life transformed. My body transformed during this process and I no longer carry the toxic burdens of my emotional mess. I became happy. A true happiness that escaped me for most of my adult life. I am now aware of my triggers and when things happen (as they always will) I process them differently now. I meditate, get energy work done, and most importantly, I talk about what is bothering me in a kind manner to myself and others.
Life is a work in progress and I still continue to work on myself and always will. There are no guarantees in this life and nothing is perfect. However, I now have the tools in order to strive to be even better. During my own transformation, my gifts appeared to me and now I am able to use my gifts to help others.
Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, a new life began for me.
I am so excited to help you ignite your own life and begin your own transformation.