After mysterious bruises appeared on her arms, a small cut on her tongue continued to bleed, and each day brought a struggle to maintain the life she knew, Joan went from disbelief through denial and finally learned she had immune thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP. ITP is a chronic autoimmune bleeding disorder, subjecting its victims to a lifetime struggle with low platelet counts and a constant fear of bleeding to death, or so Joan was led to ...
After mysterious bruises appeared on her arms, a small cut on her tongue continued to bleed, and each day brought a struggle to maintain the life she knew, Joan went from disbelief through denial and finally learned she had immune thrombocytopenic purpura, ITP. ITP is a chronic autoimmune bleeding disorder, subjecting its victims to a lifetime struggle with low platelet counts and a constant fear of bleeding to death, or so Joan was led to believe.
The usual first line treatment for ITP, a high dose of prednisone, not only failed to help solve Joan’s bleeding problem, but was instrumental in causing a seizure and a heart condition. When a splenectomy and several other drugs suggested by her hematologist left her depressed, demoralized, with additional conditions to treat, and a platelet count that hovered near zero, she began her own search for a cure.
She experimented with energy medicine, herbs, meditation, and diet changes, applying what she knew from teaching science, seeking the advice of alternative practitioners, learning ancient healing techniques, and taking a deep look into her soul to discover ways to heal her sense of self. Joan’s journey from diagnosis to remission lasted 18 months. The insights into her life, the healing practices she learned, and her spiritual shift changed her life forever.
"This is a wonderful story of a woman’s journey back to wellness and her tireless efforts to help others find their own paths. Inspiring and important, not just for those who have their own journeys to make but also for those of us who comfort and support along the way." --Terry Gerhsheimer, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Wash.
"Joan, your story was like a breath of fresh air. Before reading your story I felt lost and I really didn’t feel like I had any other options but to continue with the treatments. Your story changed that. I feel like all of his information has empowered me. Thank You!" --Vanessa
The explanations, reasons, and discussions about Young's choices are excellent. She explored the majority of the most popular alternatives and gives concise and accurate information. Practitioners of Ayurveda, Reiki, kinesiology, Transcendental Meditation (TM®), yoga, macrobiotics, shiatsu, homeopathy, and Louise Hay books for positive thinking played roles in Joan's healing process. Joan also introduces interesting facts about foods, treatments, and medications, and points out some
Joan Young has been a teacher, systems analyst, and manager at several companies, including those in the pharmaceutical industry. However, it wasn’t until her dramatic recovery from ITP that she embarked on her most rewarding career: helping others improve their health. After an overwhelming response to a small ITP web site she created, she founded the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in 1998. The organization now reaches thousands of people in more than 130 countries.
Since retiring from PDSA in 2006, Joan continues to educate and inspire others. She is an associate editor and wrote "Caught in the Middle:The Divide Between Conventional and Alternative Medicine" for the inaugural issue of the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare and wrote the lead chapter, "A Healing Journey with a Thousand Echoes," for the medical textbook, User-Driven Healthcare and Narrative Medicine: Utilizing Collaborative Social Networks and Technologies.
Joan has given workshops called "Beyond Twinkies and Treadmills: 10 cheap and easy ways to improve your health" based on topics culled from her book.