Before I went to see Jera, I was thinking the same thought every day --"I just can't do this anymore!"
I underwent a MAJOR abdominal surgical procedure 7 years ago and was still healing from that when these episodes began occurring 2 years later. Over the past year (before starting therapy), I had been to the Emergency Room and hospitalized 4 times because of a blockage in my small intestine. Above all, I missed having a regular life. I also knew that physically I couldn't manage it anymore. The pain was debilitating, and my body would take weeks to recover from each episode. It was taking a serious toll on me, my family, and my life.
Over time the episodes become more frequent and more intense. In those four years, I never knew when the next episode would occur, it could happen any time – and did. One hospitalization occurred while I was in another state, visiting family. Furthermore, there were no changes I could make in my already healthy diet and lifestyle. The only option I had been given was surgery, which ran the risk of making the problem worse by creating more adhesions(the source of the original blockage). I was physically and emotionally exhausted and incredibly frustrated.
Jera was first mentioned to me during an appointment with my gastroenterologist. He didn't make any promises beyond telling me he knew some people who had benefited from Jera's treatments. He offered the reference to Jera as another option to explore as analternative to surgery. I was very open to trying it because I thought there was a certain amount of logic -- the small intestine kept getting tangled in the same area of adhesions, so if something could be done internally to reposition or smooth out the area, perhaps that would alleviate the problem.
In my first appointment with Jera, my impression was that she was professional, smart, and approachable. In particular, she is a very good listener. She spent a lot of time listening to my story, asking questions, and taking notes. She has an easygoing way about her, and it's easy to feel relaxed and comfortable. Jera truly cares about her patients and it shows. She explained to me what she did and how it may apply to me. She told me that most patients know within the first three appointments if the treatment is working for them or not. She explained what to expect and, over the course of the treatments, she would explain what she was doing and why. I didn't experience any pain during treatments, on the contrary I always felt calm and relaxed, Jera's approach is to be responsive to the patient's body, which means she doesn't force anything.
My regular treatments with Jera ended after a few months and I had a couple of follow-up treatments. I have NOT had an episode since then...now 1.5 years later, and I attribute it to the work she did with me. She has made a huge difference in my life, and I'm so grateful to be out of the hospital and living my life again. I am extremely thankful that my physician referred me to her.
"I highly recommend Jera to anyone who is experiencing a similar health problem."
Mrs. D, San Diego, Communication Specialist and proud mom
I am a 58 year-old woman who has been through 20 different abdominal procedures over the years due to infertility and colon cancer. I had become accustomed to living daily with moderate to intense pain. About a year and a half ago the abdominal pain and other symptoms had increased to an unacceptable level. Now, I am a very optimistic and positive person, but this was starting to get me down and really affect my daily activities like caring for my toddler grandson. Life was definitely getting more difficult. Often I would find myself in bed for more than a day just to cope with the 9 out of 10 level abdominal pain as well as seemingly associated migraines among a myriad of other awful symptoms.
Then new hope was offered to me when my gastroenterologist referred me to Jera Ratliff.... and my life changed.
I cannot even begin to tell you what or how she does what she does. But, what I can tell you is... it does not hurt. She helps me to feel better as she is able to get me back on track as far as my system/s functioning as a whole. Am I symptom free? No, but overall I am 50% improved which is amazing! And what is even better I know she is there if/when I am having a really bad episode. Even my husband tells me to call her as he sees how much the treatment really makes a difference for me!
I will never be able to tell her how much I and all the members of my family appreciate what she has done for me.