Alex Howard Group

Pat Livingstone

's Story

Why did you come to OHC ?

I had found information online. I’d been ill with fatigue for more than 3 years and got some help. I kept looking but just wasn’t making substantial progress. And I think somehow the info you put out made sense.

What was your life like at the time ?

After a bout of flu Xmas 2014 (with 6 months of fatigue before that) I was eventually diagnosed with fatigue. Through 2015 long periods away from work – 5 months and then short time back and then again 5 months, so I took early retirement from teaching December 2015
2016 – Was in much pain so rested and just did a few bits of private music teaching.
By the end of the year I was doing better, though my mum was getting really ill.
2017 – My mum died in February and my body again just shut down and I was very ill again for much of the year. Continued to teach a few students. In September started a 1 day a week course.
2018 – Took OHC course in the summer after more bouts of crashes etc. During all of this time intense pain all over, Crash state through 2015-2016 and then again 2017. dreadful brain fog, very, very weak physically and no energy. I had been a Head of an Inner London Music Service and then took an MMus in Composing for Film and TV just before I became ill. So from being very busy, enjoying study, moving forward it all juddered to a halt.

What other approaches had you tried, and how did you feel about the OHC approach initially?

Quite early on I had one of those ‘coincidences’ when I found a restorative yoga teacher in a small practise 2 roads across from me, who discovered much later, had done some training with Fiona Agombar. Honestly I think this was a life-saver, it just seemed to soothe me and I felt somehow it was good for me, as vague as that. And now I still practise most days, and discovered by trial and error that I could dramatically reduce pain by doing this. At one point a GP told me to take Vitamin D supplement and though the difference was microscopical, I could feel a change and that gave me the confidence that i could get well. I tried short walks, being in nature, read up as much as had the energy!

What differences did you notice from the work you did with OHC and what did you feel made the difference?

I think just finding people who actually understood what I felt was a massive help!
To see some of the pieces of my growing awareness slowly make sense was/is great.
Finding very do-able interventions was a massive relief, some I’d already found but seeing it applied helped so much…and began to just ease the exhaustion.

I started with nutrition, which I do think was right for me, there was enough for me to work on there and slowly but surely I began to understand my relationship to food and could begin to make changes. On the psychology side I am still astounded at some things that come up, and the suggestions by the OHC practitioner have just made such big shifts in me, leading I think to my healing journey.

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