Two more ways Mrs. Hamlin shared the ‘good news’ of good health:
2. She ran the FRESH START* live-in health-conditioning program. For this participants lived on site and learned about and practiced the laws of health plus simple remedies [like hydrotherapy, poultices, massage, charcoal, and more]. *FRESH START is an acronym using the first letters of each of the 8 basic laws of health, plus the first letters of 2 extra principles of health [Happiness and Restoration], to get 10 laws.
Happiness [added on]
The use of water
Abstemiousness [moderation – not too much or too little of things]
Restoration [healing – added on]
Trust in Divine Power
She said these “ten steps [laws], carefully followed will change – wonderfully change – any situation, no matter how impossible it may seem.”
3. And the most incredible way she shared the message, that good health is possible at any age, was by taking her bike and riding it around the world. She rode her 15-speed-Schwinn-Mirada-bike on trips across America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada. She began at age 68 and finished at age 75! She crossed all kinds of terrains – like the 6,915 foot high Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps; endured various climates; was blessed with miracles – like escaping bandits in India; experienced wonderful hospitality by total strangers; recovered from terrible falls and scrapes [but no breaks], and had the most awesome adventures for a woman of her age. Then, thankfully, she wrote about all of it in her book, “Ride With the Wind”.
The book not only tells of her travels, but it also describes each of the laws of health. It’s a real page turner and is available on www.Amazon.comor by calling: 407-644-4255 to order [Florida, USA]. Try to get a copy.
I wish I could share more of my memories of this lady. Like the time she took my roommate and I camping near the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. It was autumn, and she wanted us to see the Canadian geese migrating. Or describe the delicious vegetarian meals she made. Or the pineapple upside down cake she made without eggs, milk, or sugar. It was good! Or enjoying watching how much joy she got out of life. But I think there is enough here for you to get a glimpse of who she was.
Mrs. Hamlin is gone now, but I will always remember her as a woman who lovedGod, her family, and being in nature [EX: gardening, birds, mountains, and skiing]. And she was absolutely passionate about helping others learn how to make good choices to help them prevent sickness and disease, and recover if they got ill. This concern continued even when she was in her 90s.
I miss her, but am forever blest for meeting and knowing her.
One week that I didn’t go to church with my husband, he came home and said something that shook me to my core. I hope I never, ever forget it. And I share it with you all – just in case anyone out there needs to hear it.
So, what did he say? As he usually did, he told me how his class with the young people went; what the sermon was about; and who asked about me or said hi. But then he added quietly, “Nobody asks about me.” Wow!
I heard the hurt in his voice and saw the sadness in his eyes. But I immediately understood what he was saying. People, in their well-meaning intentions to see how I’m doing, too often overlook him.
His words hurt me too, because he was hurting. It also made me wonder if I too had taken him too much for granted. He is such a good man, and good to me. He accepted me with this disability knowing it would get worse over the years. But he is so thoughtful and kind; helping, encouraging, and always looking out for me. And he is my best friend!
He is truly the “wind beneath my wings.” I never want him feeling like our marriage is all about me and MS, and that he is invisible!
With any sick person in a home – baby, child, teen, or adult, the whole household is affected. But it’s easy for the phone calls, visits, and conversations to focus only on the sick person. But others are there too. Every day they are helping and supporting their loved one. They have needs and problems; hopes, dreams and plans. They want others to be interested in them too.
Before my husband shared this, I wondered if I had taken enough interest in what he was doing or wanting to do. Did I say thank you enough? But since then I make sure to say thank you for all that he does; let him know how much he is appreciated; ask about his hopes and dreams; encourage him to go and do things he likes; give him more hugs. I need to do even better, because he does well for me every day.
So, now when people run over to us, but only talk to me, I gently remind them that, “Tony is here too.”
And for all of you who have a support person or a team of persons in your life, love them well; say thank often; do special things for them; ask about their lives and plans and problems; don’t let others ignore them. And make it very hard for them to ever say, “Nobody asks about me.”