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Woman looks for imagery for relapsing polychondritis

23 Feb
A woman asks if there is any imagery for her father, who is on prednisone and suffering from relapsing polychondritis, a rare disease in which the body attacks its own cartiledge..
Dear BR,
My father has just been diagnosed with relapsing polychondritis, a rare disease in which the body attacks its own cartiledge. He has been prescribed large doses of prednisone. I am looking for guided imagery tapes that could address both the symptoms of RP and the side effects of prednisone which are often the greatest danger. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Pamela,
The closest guided imagery audio we have for this condition of your father’s would be our imagery for Rheumatoid Arthritis/Lupus, which are also conditions where the body’s immune system attacks it’s own tissue. There is a lot of cellular imagery and even cartiledge imagery that would be appropriate on that audio. But there is nothing on it that addresses the side effects of prednisone, and some of the imagery will be irrelevant - harmless but not applicable to your father’s situation.

You might want to consider finding a certified local guided imagery practitioner to work with your Dad. If you go to the Academy for Guided Imagery website or the Beyond Ordinary Nursing website and look at the listings of certified graduates, you would no doubt be able to find a skilled professional in your area, who could tailor the imagery to these specific concerns of yours.

Good luck and all best wishes,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award