I grew up in England in a medical family. My father was a Doctor and my mother, a registered nurse. My grandfather on my father’s side had been a Doctor too, so it was expected of me to study medicine, at the very least, to become a nurse.
My first experiences of the medical world were quite interesting. I was allowed to help my dad in his surgery by sterilising all of the instruments and taking the patients appointments. (Not bad for a 15year old!) Of course, this wouldn’t be allowed these days, but my father was a country Doctor and the only Doctor within a 10mile radius serving all of the little villages in our seaside area in Essex.
I went off to London to study nursing at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hackney in the East End of London. The training was very strict, and after about 3 weeks we were on the wards learning as we went! It was a bit terrifying but we had to do it or Matron would let us know exactly what she thought!
When I came to Australia, I decided I didn’t want to do nursing anymore and went to work in the world of life insurance doing health assessments for new insurance policies.
Then for several years I went into managing fairly large retail businesses. I was paid a lot of money, but didn’t have much fun. There was no real purpose in what I was doing as far as I was concerned.
Selling high ticket items to very wealthy people became a bit boring. I wanted to achieve something more meaningful in my life.
How I Became a Homoeopath
After I came to Australia I developed severe asthma and hay fever. I tried lots of different treatments such as Acupuncture, Naturopathy and, of course had been taking conventional pharmaceutical medicines such as Antihistamines, Cortisone tablets and inhalers. I was getting desperate as nothing was working. I was afraid to go to sleep at night as the asthma attacks would occur during sleep and by the time I was woken by them, my asthma was so severe, I thought I was going to die.
Fortunately, I was advised to go and see a Homoeopath. I wasn’t very hopeful after trying all of the other treatments, but I went.
To cut a long story short, I recovered quite quickly. I really couldn’t believe it at first and kept thinking that I would get asthma again, but no, I have never had any more problems! I was so excited, I told my dad, but, was quite surprised that he couldn’t believe that Homoeopathy had fixed me.
After that, I went to my Homoeopath for most of my health problems. I still had normal medical check-ups such as yearly blood tests, etc., but whenever I had a severe cold or bronchitis, I saw my Homoeopath. I have not taken an antibiotic now for over 35 years. It was a bit hard to get my head around this at first. How could a person recover from bronchitis or a urinary tract infection without an antibiotic? Well, I did!
After a few years of being a patient, I decided to study Classical Homoeopathy at the Hahnemann Institute.
I have now been in practice since 1991 and this has been the most rewarding, exciting, frustrating, (at times), career I have ever had.
I meet the most wonderfully interesting people and there is never a dull moment in my work.
I continue to study Homoeopathy whilst running my practice in Sydney. One can never know enough about this huge subject and we are all evolving and learning as much as we can.
I am a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association and Registered with AROH.