Sara's (personal) Story
As a child, I was severely injured when hit by a car. Afterward, I limped and didn’t feel as strong or care free as other kids - I was always trying to keep up. Riding bikes, running, swimming, rowing, playing field hockey as well as in gymnastics and dance, I fought hard to do what seemed easy for others. My left shoulder and leg didn’t work right, and I would just push through the pain, tumble from the balance beam and fall off of the chin-up bar or pin myself while bench-pressing (I can remember the looks on the coaches' faces - ouch). In stress, I would panic and breathe too much. It looked as if I had asthma. My brother did have asthma. Wherever I was, I would have to stop and pull over to the side of the road or playing field because I couldn’t get air, gasping and wheezing. I had chronic side stitches. Although I never took medication for the breathing problems, I also never made a team. It was hard on my self-esteem. My skin broke out in psoriasis, and that immune system imbalance escalated into digestive problems, with intolerance to multiple foods and an icky diagnosis. I developed allergies to mold and dust. Above all, I experienced frightening images in my mind that no amount of psychotherapy managed to banish. It was astounding to discover breath re-training; I am still in awe that it could be so easy to alleviate problems that I had thought I had to live with. To realize that biochemistry can be so personal and transformative. With breath re-training, my life has changed dramatically for the better.