I was diagnosed with prostate cancer Jan 2022 and needed surgery to remove my prostate gland under general anaesthesia. Within days, I was suffering from severe anxiety. I couldn’t sleep, eat or concentrate on anything. My mind was in a devastating downward spiral of irrational fear of the procedure despite being in full knowledge that it was extremely safe and being performed by a team of highly trained professionals there to help and give me the best possible chance of a long and healthy life.
I contacted my GP for help and was given a list of self-help groups that might be of interest to me with the promise that he would be in contact in the future to see how I was getting on. My anxiety increased with this. My need was urgent as the operation was looming in a matter of weeks!
I decided to give hypnotherapy a go as Sigmund Freud, phobias etc sprang to mind. Perhaps, I thought, there could be help here as the problem was most definitely in my head and once that was sorted, the cancer could be handled by the medics. That’s how I got in touch with Rachel as a hypnotherapist. I emailed and explained my problem and her response was positive and so reassuring that the dark cloud of fear already seemed less oppressive. She was confident the we could sort this and WE did! Hypnotherapy, I discovered, is very much a ‘we’ thing. It takes two. From a personal perspective, I discovered that by allowing myself to be receptive, open and truly willing and wanting to change my mental state, I could see the world anew and overcome my irrational fear.
After my first session with Rachel, I was already returning to life. The severe anxiety was lifting. By the day of the procedure, I was relaxed, cheerful and confident. I was wheeled into the operation theatre without the need for sedation, happy and content knowing that I was in safe hands and above all, pleased that I was making the job of our NHS professionals so much easier and pleasant for them. As to my nearest and dearest, it was me reassuring them that there was nothing to worry about and hence making the whole experience so much better for all concerned including myself.
Rachel did a brilliant thing for me. I will forever be grateful. I unreservedly recommend Rachel to anyone who is open and sincere about getting help from hypnotherapy. BUT it is a WE thing and there’s no magic pill!