Guest Post: Ready Set Recover

About-UsHaving surgery is traumatic. Emotionally, there can be tremendous uncertainty and fear. But what if during this time when so much is happening, you could take control and help yourself get back to better?

My friends Marjorie Nass and Heather Campbell have created an awesome program that can help you do just that. Their program— Ready Set Recover—helps patients take positive actions to go through this mentally and physically stressful process in a better way.

Here is a guest post from Marjorie and Heather telling you about what their program can offer you.


Sometimes, no matter how you’ve taken positive actions, surgery is necessary. Your surgeon says:

• Here’s how I am going to fix this.
• You, patient, just need to stop eating after midnight the night before, get someone to pick you up and it will take time to recover.
• See you the day of surgery.

But you know from that when you take actions to create greater alignment, there can less pain and more ease. The same is true during surgery.
When surgery patients take actions around the emotional, physical and community aspects of surgery, they can transform themselves from surgery patients to Surgery Participants and ultimately, help themselves get back to better.

What’s an example? Let’s look at Your Surgery Story. When you have surgery, you tell people. Either because you have to or you want to, you will say Your Surgery Story out loud over and over again. And each time you say it, you hear it too and that story affects your mind and your body.

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How you frame your story frames everything. Your words can either feel like a saber tooth tiger chasing you and creating panic throughout your body or like an inspirational best seller reminding you of the possibility of happy endings.

Which version of Your Surgery Story do you want to choose?

You see the downward spiral that a negative story can create – literally changing the chemical makeup of your body and making it harder to heal. Instead you want to bring positivity to the process as much as possible. Optimistic thoughts and beliefs facilitate healing. So, how do you write Your Surgery Story?

• You are the main character – make yourself a superhero if you want!
• Use positive language.
• If the technical name or medical jargon frightens you, don’t use it. Say you have an issue, a problem, or a conundrum that’s being fixed.
• Keep the plot line simple. You will be repeating your story again and again so don’t make it more complicated than you want to get into.
• Who are your supporting characters? Your surgeon? Friends and family? Do they give you confidence and strength? Great. Say that out loud!

This is your story and no one else’s. Don’t let it be a saber tooth tiger that you created! Instead, make it a positive best seller that gives you good dreams and a happy ending; a story that helps you throughout your surgery and recovery instead of hurting you.

For more information, inspiration and action steps that will help you get back to better during surgery and recovery, visit Ready Set Recover.

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