Each meal I ate was like spinning the roulette wheel, not knowing what it would land on. Would this meal’s spin result in bloating, heartburn or severe abdominal pain? The kind of bloating that makes your pants refuse to fit. The kind of heartburn that feels like your chest has a heavy ball of fire lodged in the center. The kind of pain that feels like your twisted intestines are being repeatedly stabbed by a sharp knife. Or would it leave me relatively unharmed?
As though dealing with the unpredictability of my gut wasn’t enough, my periods were equally burdensome. In my twenties, after numerous colposcopies (a painful procedure where a part of your cervix is removed for laboratory testing) I underwent cervical laser surgery to remove abnormal cells. I suffered from irregular, painful and extremely heavy periods. They were so heavy that I often became anemic, which caused fatigue, heart palpitations, and dizziness. The fatigue was so severe that even walking up a flight of stairs was exhausting and left me breathless. So in my late thirties, I had surgery to remove the fibroids that had taken up residence in my uterus. While I knew I was ill, I continued to live a fast-paced life, fulling my responsibilities as a wife, the mother of two children and an active duty U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer. As you can imagine, dealing with my health issues and the high levels of stress from increased responsibility at work, I often felt out of balance and exhausted. I found myself snapping at my family, even though they were supportive through a total of six surgeries and countless medical visits. One day, while driving home from work my abdominal pain had become so intense and exasperating, I prayed to God, asking for my pain to be taken away. I had tried what I knew to be all my options and I realized I needed to reclaim my health. My desire to heal and eliminate my pain was the catalyst to explore many complementary medicine modalities. I was able to make great improvements from several different types of holistic practitioners but Reiki was different. After having my first Reiki treatment, I knew immediately I needed to learn Reiki and share this amazing therapy with others.
It has been a long journey and I now understand that healing occurs on multiple levels. When we restore peace and harmony to our body, mind, spirit, or to a situation, we open a pathway so healing can occur. This harmony is what I hope to bring others, something that I wish I had so many years ago.
Judy Buchanan has attained the level of Usui Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master through the International Center for Reiki Training (IRCT) and the Okuden level of Jikiden Reiki®. Certification in Medical Reiki through Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International. Certification in Sacred Childbirth with Reiki through Rev. Cori Nielsen.
She is a member of the International Center for Reiki Training and Raven Keyes Medical Reiki International. Judy has experienced and been a student of complementary therapies for the last decade.
Judy attended Siena College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) and concurrently joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). After college, Judy was assigned to the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer. While serving as an active duty soldier for over 20 years in the Army Medical Department, both in the hospital and on the battlefield, she specialized in medical supply chain management and operations. Judy’s highest level of military education completed is Command and General Staff College (CGSC) and she completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Judy is proud to have served our country and loved the life the Army provided. The journey came with much adventure, friendship, and accomplishment as well as many struggles and obstacles. Judy can relate to the stressors working parents, service members, and dual military couples experience while raising a family. Like many other service members, she has been on both sides of deployment: the soldier who deployed and the family member at home taking care of the children while their spouse is away.
Judy continues to serve through community contribution by providing Reiki treatments and education to:
Judy believes that education is a fundamental means of empowering people. She educates our community by providing resiliency training. She also provides Reiki classes, in addition to providing public lectures on Reiki and its benefits. Through her lectures she encourages others to be open to and use many modalities to reduce stress and heal.
She supports the Frederick Police Academy, Frederick County Library System Adult Education Program and Employee Wellness Program, Frederick Chamber of Commerce Wellness at Work Program/ Lecture Series, Frederick Community Hospital Employee Health and Wellness Program, Frederick Community Bank Employee Wellness Program, Fort Detrick United States Army Medical Materiel Development Agency’s Stress Free Zone, and Frederick Community College Employee Wellness Fair.
Judy takes charge of her recharge! In her spare time she aligns her mind, body and spirit through meditation, reading, bike riding, hiking, yoga, and spending quality time with family and friends.
A tree symbolizes resilience and connection to all things. A tree has roots that grow deep into the soil, grounding its connection to the earth to receive nourishment and support. When we are feeling grounded and stable in our bodies this allows us to be more resilient.
A tree's leaves and branches extend into the sky, accepting the warming energy from the sun that it transforms into nourishment allowing it to grow and thrive. The branches extending remind us to make connection with others and the importance of allowing ourselves to receive love and nourishment from our community.
A tree reminds us that life is a cycle and the only constant is change. In the fall, trees lose their leaves and enter a death-like hibernation for a few months. But come spring, the tree sprouts tiny buds, bursts forth with dramatic blooms and leaves and is born again. In this way, a tree is a symbol of a fresh start on life, positive energy, a bright future and the knowledge that you too can change.