So this is my third blog Christmas card, whoop!! I was a bit ambivalent about setting up a blog three years ago, it felt self-indulgent and ‘samey’ – everyone blogs, what would be so special about mine?
Well…There wasn’t anything particularly special about mine. I want to use this Christmas card as a chance to look back on the things I cringe about as well as share with you where a new look ‘Nurse Naomi blog’ is heading in 2016.
Firstly, I want to apologise for being narrow-minded, dogmatic and arrogant. Before ‘Hana happened’ my perspective on health and wellness was predictable. I believed that what I had learnt in my masters was ‘enough’ and I was just as arrogant about that ‘knowledge base’ as the were individuals I’ve dealt with over the past two years as I fought to forge Hana’s treatment into a system that would hear none of it. Even though the philosopher in me questions pretty much everything – as a nurse I didn’t question things I should have questioned and I dismissed those who asked such questions with a wave of my hand and a “it isn’t evidenced based” retort. I was a total idiot. The experience of struggling relentlessly against the hard faced, conventional, mainstream approach with Hana has forced me to think outside of the box – I’ve fully confronted the transience of scientific truths (which I find amazing and breathtakingly exciting…) and things will never be the same again, for me. My perspectives on health and wellness have been radically and permanently shifted.
I’ll be honest and share that there have been times over the past year that I thought about closing this blog because I don’t resonate with who I was when I was set it up. But that would be silly! Something good has come out of the past two years of hell with Hana and this blog is the perfect place to share it.
So what is held in store for the Nurse Naomi blog in 2016? What is Nurse Naomi about? It is about my journey in pursuit of health and wellness in an era where ‘truths’ change all the time; an era where the health care system is on the cusp of massive overhaul as consumers become further empowered and, I hope, alternative modes of healing grow in strength and popularity. It is about my journey discovering integrative medicine and a quest to understanding how our health is intrinsically linked to the environment. And it is of course about my journey with Hana, as I fight to heal her brain and share her road post brain tumour. I want to share all these things with you and would be so honoured if you continue to read them.
Thank you, all of you for reading the things I have to share. I will continue to do my best to make my blogs worthy of every second of your time and attention. 2016 is going to be an amazing year, I can’t wait to start sharing it with you all!
(OK, so this next line sounds a tad cheesy, but I really mean it:)
Love, Light and Empowerment to you all,
Nurse Naomi xx