Often we view healing as a destination, something we wait to arrive at. But healing is more of a process, and one that I've been working hard on as I've been following the DNRS program. Click to read my 5-month update!

Healing is a Process: My 5-month DNRS Update

“So, are you, basically…all better?”

I sat quietly on the sofa, trying to figure out how to respond to the person who asked me. Have I been improving? Yes. Am I fully healed? No.

But I struggled, more so because, whether or not it’s intended, the question invites closure. Something we, as humans, really, really like. Don’t we?

To finally get that degree under our belt. Or discover a positive on the 11th pregnancy test. We want there to be an “end” to the waiting, a destination to arrive at. Because then, things will be better.

Yet…healing, in the context I’ve been learning to embrace it, has taught me there’s so much more depth in a journey rather than a destination.

Because for me, waiting to arrive at “fully well again” was a hope that faded fast. I found myself sitting in a place of acceptance, wanting to just be okay with a reality that sick was a new norm.

It gave me an odd sort of comfort. That I didn’t have to “fight”, and I could just “be”.

But then a few months ago a new treatment crossed my path that gave birth to a new experience in the realm of healing. It gave me a reason for letting go of the concept of “fighting” and empowered me to redefine what it looked like to actively heal.

And it gave me hope.

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any sort of update since starting the Dynamic Neural Retraining System, so I thought I’d do that today. Because while I’m still healing, I believe in celebrating the wins. Big or small. Of which I’ve experienced both!

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My 5-month Update

In my last update, I listed off some of the improvements I’d seen in energy, pain and inflammation levels, fatigue, and dizziness. All of those improvements have remained or improved, but my walking distance has increased substantially!

As my legs have continued to grow stronger, I’ve enjoyed long (and often faster-paced) walks with my hubs. Which has been such a great thing! I walk to coffee shops or the farmer’s market without thinking twice. And several months ago that wouldn’t have been possible.

Summer has been another test for us to observe how well I’ve actually improved. And while I’m still improving in some areas, my overall experience in the summer heat is definitely better!

The temps here in southern Oregon have been hot at the peaks of each day, with a bit cooler evenings and mornings. But my body has been handling it so much better than it did the last few years.

Where before I would have felt like I’d pass out at any moment these last few summers, this year I am tolerating it much better. Instead of staying indoors, I can be out in the heat most days, soak up the sun’s rays, and even walk in moderate temperatures without fearing I’ll faint.

But I think my biggest accomplishment is that after 3 years of not driving I was able to get behind the wheel again! And starting back up with a manual again, at that, I’ll have you know. (The hubs said I picked it up quickly so I’m gonna throw in a not-so-humble-brag right here.) 😉

With driving comes another beautiful thing: more independence. And anyone who’s lived housebound for any stretch of time understands what a glorious gift that is!

Some of my other notable improvements include being able to travel several hour distances and sit in restaurants without earplugs (heck, just be around people without earplugs). It’s been so helpful to feel more comfortable in my skin with so many less symptoms grabbing my attention.

I feel happier, lighter, and more filled with hope than I had been in long, long time. Which is notable to me because I swear hope had become a foreign feeling to me. It felt like I couldn’t grab onto it fully no matter how hard I tried. (So I just might need to write a post about that and the connection I see with having an impaired limbic system…)

As grateful as I am for this healing, none of it came to me easily.

It didn’t just “happen” one day or sneak up on me. And I don’t believe it’s a miracle.


Because I’ve been been working hard, healing my lil’ ass off.

From taking care of my body with food, self-care, rest, and supplements over the last few years to the commitment I’ve made to retraining the neural pathways in my brain every day, I’ve worked for this. And the efforts are paying off.

Healing is like that for any of us, isn’t it? It takes time, effort, commitment. Belief it can happen and the support to help us pursue it.

True healing isn’t just something that appears all of a sudden. It’s not a one-and-done pursuit. For me, I believe my physical healing will reach a point where it’s no longer my main focus.

But I’ll forever be learning to pursue healing of body, mind and soul.

So whether you’re reading this because you were curious about DNRS or you wanted to fuel your own fire of hope that improvement is possible, or maybe you don’t even know why you clicked on this post in the first place…

Whatever the reason you’re here, I just want to leave you with this:  

I’m proud of you. I acknowledge your efforts and how hard you’re working on healing. And I believe things can get better. <3

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  1. Joyce says:

    Dad and I are so thrilled and excited for you. We could see on our recent visit what amazing progress you have worked so hard to achieve. I most appreciated seeing the sparkle back in your eyes and beautiful smile too.

  2. Lisa says:

    I just picked up my DNRS package today…so eager to start! Do I really have to set aside four whole days to watch the DVDs? I have a very busy family 🙂 thanks for your update…your blog posts are one reason I decided to get the program!

    • Kami says:

      Hi Lisa! I’m excited for you to start DNRS. They encourage you to endeavor to complete the program in as short a time as possible. It took me a bit longer to make my way through the material, but I just focused on doing as much as I could each day. Hope that helps!

  3. Crys says:

    This is really interesting. I’d never heard of DNSR until now. It’s incredible that it was able to help get you more independent.

    Thank you for teaching me something new!

    • Kami says:

      Hi Crys! Thanks for reading and for leaving your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! It’s been a game changer for me and my health and I’ll forever be grateful. <3

  4. Teja says:

    There are, of course, many neural pathway retraining programs available these days. Annie’s DNRS system acknowledges a debt to Ashok Gupta’s Amygdala Retraining Program, which has been around much longer.
    Another popular neural pathway retraining program is offered by Dr Joe Dispenza. It is similar to DNRS in that you can access Joe’s info & techniques through books & DVDs (his book “Breaking The Habit Of Being Yourself” is a NY Times bestseller) and live 3-5 day seminars…which are quite expensive (Annie’s live DNRS training is now $3000!)
    I wondered if you had any experience with Dr Joe’s approach and how you think it compares to DNRS?

    • Kami says:

      Hi Teja! I have not yet explored Joe Dispenza’s work in depth, but it is on my list. I’ve been slowly working my way through books on the subject of neuroplasticity and the book you mentioned is one I am eager to read! I’ve heard good things about Gupta, too, but haven’t experienced that program either. Have you followed Dr Joe Dispenza’s approach? I’d love to hear more! Feel free to email sometime 🙂

  5. Jonatan Bogren says:

    So happy for you ! What an inspiring progress, thank you for sharing! Been doing DNRS for about a year now for basically the same stuff as you describe and I find it immensely helpful and healing in many levels still! Like you, still not “there” yet but hey, I am actually enjoying life anyway and I feel so confident that we will both heal fully! If you’re on the forum feel free to type me, I pop (not POP;)) in now and then! Best, Jonatan

  6. kasey passen says:

    I have been following your blog and your instagram account for years because I am a fellow Lyme warrior. I am SO THRILLED to hear of your incredible healing strides with the DNRS program. I actually heard about it through a friend of family 3 weeks ago and just started the program this week. I am very hopeful AND man it is a lot of work. It feels harder than many things I have done for treatment because you gain so much awareness of your thoughts by doing the program. I feel like this is a missing link in my recovery and I am so happy to know it has been helping you. Thanks for sharing it with the world.

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