My colleague, Debra Chew, wrote this article about how she found her freedom from allergic reactions through her spiritual practice. The article appeared in the September 14th edition of The Chattanoogan.com.
I absolutely could not believe it! Here we were, new to Tennessee and invited to our first social event. The house was beautiful, full of our newly made friends – and here I was sneezing uncontrollably…eyes watering…and breathing troubled. We quickly finished the meal, made our apologies and left. The culprit: a very large hairy dog.
Two weeks later, a co-worker invited me to a jewelry show at her home. I was there less than an hour and guess what? Yes – same experience – different culprit. This time: a beautiful Persian cat.
Now, while living in Ohio I had experienced seasonal allergies; but never to this magnitude. And, my exposure to animals was limited so I had never been affected like this. But, after these two experiences, I suddenly felt like a prisoner in my new town. I was embarrassed and miserable. Worse yet, I started to also show signs of outdoor hay-fever. I was afraid to accept any more social invitations for fear that I would have an unfavorable allergic reaction.
It was at that point that I had to find a solution. I really wanted to socialize with both of these families, however, in my current condition, I knew that was impossible. Was I always going to be a prisoner to these allergies?
During previous allergy seasons, I remembered seeing many pharmaceutical advertisements. At one point years ago, I even tried some. As is often the case, the variety of cures they offer only mask symptoms and I experienced many unwanted side-effects that were more miserable than the allergic reaction itself!