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Diagnosis: Brain Tumour
by Susan Cohen
Yoga Journal Translate This Article
31 July 2004
Annette Dale, the founder of Yoga-stone, a line of yoga apparel, is a busy entrepreneur living in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. If you met her today, you would never know that eight years ago, she underwent risky neurosurgery to remove a brain tumour.
In the spring of 1989, Dale began to feel unwell. She suffered severe insomnia, vertigo, panic attacks, and a host of other symptoms, including hearing loss, mental fuzziness, and digestive problems.
Doctors finally correctly diagnosed her illness as a brain tumour and scheduled Dale for a high-risk procedure to remove it, which could result in stroke, loss of speech, and the need for a permanent gastrointestinal tube. Following the operation, half of Dale's face, throat, and digestive tract were paralysed; she could not speak or eat.
The article reported that Dale began incorporating Transcendental Meditation into her rehabilitation process. After just one session of meditation, she felt movement for the very first time in her face. She continued to meditate daily. 'In four years, I only missed two sessions,' Dale says. 'When something is right, you don't have to make yourself do it.'
Although meditation was extremely beneficial, Dale wanted to give more support to her healing and started taking yoga classes. Dale was doing yoga four times a week. 'If I did any kind of exercise too much, my immune system would crash, and I would get sick,' she says. 'Yoga was the only thing I could do that would not make me sick. It made me feel strong again.' Dale credits her yoga teacher with helping her heal.
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