Instilling a sense of calm through surgery, grief, and beyond.
“An upper GI endoscopy had found growth in my duodenum, and doctors had kept trying to remove it. It didn’t work, so I kept going back. In the middle of everything, my husband passed away. I finally got a referral to a surgeon that could remove once and for all. They said it could turn into cancer, and that the surgery could be more invasive than expected once they got in there.
I had two sessions with Priya to prepare. She needed to know how I went into hypnosis. We talked about the conversations I needed to hear, and the language that resonated with me. She only uses phrases and ideas that make sense to you. I struggled with the visualizations at first, and I was candid and told her it wasn’t resonating. So she changed it up. She made a recording that was so relaxing I don’t ever remember the end of it. I told her I was going to listen to it while driving and she said definitely not!
I got up the morning of that surgery, and I wasn’t a wreck. Every endoscopy and surgery I’ve had – and there were a lot – I didn’t go into those with that kind of calm. I walked into this surgery very calm. I wasn’t sure of the outcome, but I knew I could get through it and I was positive about it.
During the sessions and recordings, she thinks about where you sit, the lighting, the music – it’s all so customized. She asks all the right questions to figure out exactly what you need. She has an innate ability to focus in on what the necessary things are.
My husband used to call me an overthinker. I was afraid hypnosis wouldn’t work, but it did. I believed in what she did, but I thought I might be the person it doesn’t work on.
I have started to embrace the Headspace meditation app before I go to bed now. Priya showed me that I have that ability to calm myself, and I have the faith that these things can work. Even for an overthinker. I go to an event called Meditation Monday offered at work now, because I understand how important it is to our overall wellbeing.
Being healthy isn’t just about your body, exercise, and what you eat. It’s your mental health, your spiritual health – those things contribute to your true wellbeing.”