Hello! I’m Brittany Marie, I’m twenty four years old, and I live in California. My search for health and recovery started nine years ago. It’s quite the story, filled with ups and downs, miracles and loss, but overall, hope. Although I am not fully recovered yet, I have made huge improvements, and I believe that full recovery is in sight. If you are curious about the conditions that I am recovering from, I list them all at the end of this page.
The thing you probably want to know most is, what made the difference for me? After years of health challenges, how did I turn the corner? The answer to that, my friend, is neuroplasticity. More specifically, The Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS) created by Annie Hopper. DNRS was first recommended to me in the summer of 2016 by my amazing doctor. At the time I didn’t really look into it or understand what it was. By the end of 2016 I had experienced a huge setback because of multiple physical and emotional challenges, and by January of 2017, I was completely desperate and willing to try anything.
As soon as I started watching the DNRS DVDs, I noticed improvements. And two and a half years later, I continue to follow the DNRS program every day. It works!
There are some other neuroplasticity tools that I use in conjunction with DNRS that are very helpful and essential to my success. The first is Laughter Yoga, and it has taken my healing to the next level. Never heard of Laughter Yoga and want a more in depth explanation? Go here.
One reason I love Laughter Yoga is because it is a form of movement, albeit a very gentle form of movement! I love that it can be adapted for pretty much any ability. When I first started doing Laughter Yoga in May of 2018, I had just transitioned from being bedridden to being able to sit up in a chair. I was not able to lift my arms above my head, and so I did all of the exercises sitting, and I adapted the arm movements to whatever worked for me. Now I can raise my arms up as high as I want, and I’m able to hold them up for longer periods of time! I’m still regaining the ability to walk and stand for longer periods of time, and so I still do most Laughter Yoga exercises sitting.
I love movement because before my health challenges became severe, I was a pre-professional dancer at Northern California Dance Conservatory, and before that I trained at Center Stage Dance Academy. I danced for a total of eleven years, and before I got sick, I had been on track to become a professional dancer.
Doing Laughter Yoga has helped me to feel connected to my dancer self, which also feels like my truest self.
I’m so grateful that my extensive training in dance and movement has helped me to be a good Laughter Yoga teacher. I can easily demonstrate the laughter exercises, and I know how to explain them in a simple way that makes sense to others.
I’m getting stronger everyday! I can walk around my house, walk around my back patio, and I have been able to start walking in some public places! I even walked across a beach, and touched the ocean for the first time in eight years! I know that my strength is going to keep increasing and my energy levels are going to keep improving! I know that I will dance again! For now, I still need to use a wheelchair for some longer distances. I currently do most Laughter Yoga exercises while sitting. I also use supplemental oxygen, and I am often, but not always, wearing a cannula. (The plastic thing that goes in my nose). I am usually able to take it out multiple times throughout the day. It’s something that is improving and is in transition for me.
I am aware that I haven’t included a lot of details about what conditions and symptoms I have. That is a very intentional choice. Something that I have learned from doing DNRS is that whenever I talk about something, I’m strengthening those neural pathways in my brain. Because of that, I only talk about my symptoms when I have an appointment with my doctor. Once I’m fully recovered, I will be able to tell my story in greater detail.
Since it might help you to know what conditions I’m recovering from, I’ll list them here: ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), Lyme Disease, Chronic Migraine, Daily Persistent Headache, sensitivities to sound and light, Mold Illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, SIBO.
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