Author Archives: Danica Thornberry

The Willingness to Create Change

I’ve been talking a lot lately about willingness. And that’s because i think it’s the first step towards change. My newsletters, book and online course are not a way of telling women that they aren’t willing. .. but rather I’m teaching women struggling with infertility to become willing to go deeper when searching for ways to help themselves.

Think about it another way:

We want to feel better in our jeans, or we want to look better in a swimsuit. Wearing clothes that are too tight is uncomfortable, leaving two choices: buy larger, looser clothes, or make more effort to slim down. 

I like to view the infertile population as mostly full of “sub-fertility” cases, which means there’s one or more little things that aren’t optimized within the couple. However, once corrected, fertility is restored and healthy babies are born.

 

These “things” usually involved changes in diet and a woman’s belief systems.

 

Like a personal trainer, my job is to stay with women or redirect their focus when they want to give up. I give them numerous ways to look at their situation differently, to help them stay on track. Sometimes they get frustrated and want to run from that, or place blame or feel sorry for themselves. But somewhere deep down, they know there’s truth behind my “spiritual advice” that keeps urging women to find more ways to love their lives in order to improve their fertility.

It’s 5:30am. I’m out walking while writing this — exercising and sharing publicly are 2 very uncomfortable things for me. But stepping up and doing it anyway is what will bring the changes I want.

Again I pose the question: what might you need to change in order to improve the life you have?

Celebrating 15 years at Well Women!

I opened the door to the Well Women Acupuncture office on Nov 1, 2001. That was 15 years ago!

 

It’s amazing to think of the thousands of women and hundreds of thousands of treatments that have occurred in this tiny space that have helped so many women reach their personal health goals. There’s literally been millions of needles inserted! 

 

There’ve been many practitioners that have practiced inside the Well Women office over the years, and this month I have the pleasure of introducing Dr. Lilla DiFlorio, a naturopath who has relocated to Los Angeles from Seattle, to become the newest member of the Well Women Acupuncture office. She works with couples to optimize fertility using specific lab values as well as diagnostic tools and nutritional supplements to help restore patients’ fertility.
Dr. Lilla will bring help to the Well Women patients whose partners are struggling with Male Factor infertility!

 

Lilla is seeing patients on Fridays, along with long-time Well Women acupuncturist Audrey Guss, my colleague who specializes in thyroid disease, digestive and endocrine disorders. Please read more about them here.

 

Thank you for all your support and referrals over the years. Along the way to this miletsone, I’ve gained wisdom, confidence, joy and tremendous gratitude for each woman who steps inside the door and trusts me, or one of our practitioners, to help her get where she wants to be.

Patience, trust and divine timing

All three of these virtues play a role in creating what we want.

 
My daughter was conceived (naturally) five years after I was told I “wasn’t a candidate for IVF and would need donor eggs” if I wanted to have a child.

During that challenging pregnancy I spent 17 weeks on bedrest and used the time to write a book that contains 33 inspirational stories of healing, self-discovery, transformation and triumph that I’ve witnessed while working with the infertile community.

 
Nine years later that book was published, and I just launched it last week!

Divine timing is something that we have to take on faith and usually requires infinite patience. But once we surrender to it, miracles seem to happen.

At my book signing last week I shared the story I feel best illustrates the “magic” that happens inside the walls of the Well Women Acupuncture office. It was the story of one woman who chose to trust a message revealed during a Reiki session in order to get to her son. The crowd was amazed to hear what transpired for this woman and the others who are willing to let go and trust in themselves and in a power they can’t see.

How wonderful it was to host that event and share publicly about my experiences and the insights gained inside the treatment rooms.

For more inspiration and to read all of the awesome stories, including my own, click here to order the book from Amazon.