My summer break is in full swing and outside of helping to care for my ailing mother, I’m following my typical routine of scanning the library website for books that catch my eye. I found the book “The Last Best Cure” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa and thought that I’d give it a try.
It sparked my interest because the cover stated… “My quest to awaken the healing parts of my brain and get back my body, my joy and my life.”
Since Doug’s emotional affair I too have been on a similar quest. I had the desire to move forward and become the best person I could be. I think I’ve accomplished a lot over the years but find myself still hungry to learn more.
This book has nothing to do with affairs or anything like that. Rather, the author suffers from a severe auto-immune disorder and she maps out her quest to live a “normal” life. Having tried everything traditional medicine could possibly offer, she turned to a doctor who suggested that the brain itself may be her last best cure.
She chronicles her year-long journey investigating how mind-body therapies such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture awaken the healing potential of our brains, change our biology, and revitalize our health.
As I was reading the book I thought back to all the information I have read about the trauma betrayed spouses endure due to the betrayal and how this trauma can often manifest itself physically as major illness, heart conditions, skin conditions, cancer or perhaps some other ailment or disease.
I have often wondered if many of you have found yourself with physical ailments or conditions as a result of the trauma caused by the affair.
If so, what were they and how have you managed these issues?
Please discuss your experiences in the comment section below.
Linda & Doug