By Bonnie O’Sullivan, Sandy's mom (June 16, 2017)
Yesterday I stopped my chickpea therapy. For the past week or so my wound was producing less and less blood and pus and had become more and more shallow each time I changed the chickpea (the chickpea seemed to be getting pushed out of it). When I started the chickpea therapy in November it only took 24 hours for the chickpea to just sink into the wound, so I took the signal from my wound and stopped putting in the chickpeas.
Other signs that my therapy was finished are: I'm not sleeping more than eight or nine hours a night anymore, I'm not taking four or five hour naps (they gradually got shorter until now I'm not taking a nap at all), and I have more energy, which is apparent by looking at the dates (starting in May) of my posts on sandrastory.com about our chickpea therapy.
To stop my therapy, I followed Dr. Ashkar’s directions and am using a piece of cabbage to cover the wound (to keep it moist), but without the chickpea. I’m covering the cabbage and wound with a CVS 3X4 pad. The wound doesn’t hurt or itch, so I believe I’m doing it right.
Everyday, several times a day, I find myself marveling at how easy it is now for me to get up out of our bed and how easily I raise my arms to take the shower head off it’s mounting to use it by hand, and to raise my enema bucket above my head to thoroughly drain it after use, and to quickly get my legs under me when I get up off the bathroom floor after using the enema bucket… All this is very personal information, but how else can I explain how amazing and worth it it has been to spend seven and a half months going through a few mild healing crises and taking care of a wound on my leg twice a day? (By the way, the dark red, angry looking skin around the wound is fading away.)
Sandy has had quite a different experience. She did not have arthritis like I did so she hasn’t noticed movement improvement as I have. Her two main goals are: 1.) To never have inflamed and swollen lymph nodes in her breasts again and 2.) To never have cancer again in her lifetime (although, according to Dr. Ashkar, she may have to do another course of chickpea therapy in 15 years to reach that goal).
As far as describing Sandy's healing crises, I’ll try: Every now and then she feels her lymph fluid move throughout her body, especially in her breasts. It must be a strange feeling (I've never felt it in my body). We talk about it a lot, especially on the days she feels it happening. She says even though it’s hard to explain she knows it's a good thing because it's the first time since 1996 that her breasts have been so much less painful and swollen for a whole seven months and it’s happening without taking harmful drugs such as steroids. She told me today she will stay on the therapy for the rest of her life if it keeps the pain in her breasts away.
Sandy is also experiencing a lot of emotional ups and downs and has dreams where she is back in time re-living harsh emotional experiences.
Sandy has had many traumatic life experiences. We believe that her emotions were so severely traumatized as a child that the chickpea therapy is causing emotional healing crises.