Support Diana's Healing
Organized by: Diana Castaldini
Diana Castaldini via Crowdrise
March 21, 2014
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with two neurological disorders last year, one of which can cause a brain hemorrhage and the other, blindness. Thankfully I've had neither happen because of the miracle of Western medicine, but I'm still at risk for both until my radiation treatment kicks in. I've spent the past four months focused on my physical and emotional recovery after four invasive, emergent surgeries—two in my brain and two in my lumbar back—and nearly one month spent in the hospital. I'm also dealing with residual neurological symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and weakness on a daily basis, which make it pretty hard to resume life as usual. It has been a very long, hard road but the love and support of my friends and family have sustained me.
I launched this fundraiser because part of my recovery process has been learning what my body needs in order to heal, and in doing so, I picked up a book called Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin. The book is about how the body is capable of tremendous healing from even the most grave illnesses when we give ourselves what we truly need, emotionally, professionally, interpersonally, spiritually, etc. You can be healed, even if you're never cured. This idea really resonates with me, because we don't know if I'll ever be fundamentally cured—but I know in my heart that I can achieve healing. And next month, Dr. Rankin is teaching this VERY workshop at Kripalu, a retreat center in the Berkshires.
I know that Dr. Rankin’s workshop will help along my healing process so that I can more expediently return to a full life, which includes emotionally and spiritually integrating the trauma of my health crisis, learning to better support my body as it heals, and, eventually, seeking opportunities to support others who are suffering from major illnesses by sharing my healing journey.
I currently owe tens of thousands in medical and surgical debt because my insurance wouldn't cover everything, and I'm not currently employed full-time—so I can't manage the cost of this workshop on my own right now. I have never asked anyone for money so this is both entirely new and uncomfortable for me, but I figure brain surgery gives me a pass! If you can, I'd so appreciate your support so that I can attend.