David / Post Surgery

April 22, 1999

One year after my surgery, I am feeling very good.  I have resumed most of the activities that I knew before being stricken with GERD.  To say that the surgery has made all the difference or mostly accountable for my improved health, would be misleading and false.  It would be equally false to claim the surgery had little to do with my state today.

Within months of my surgery, I began having minor GERD symptoms.  This was a little disheartening to say the least, but I wrote these attacks off as temporary symptoms.  I had read and spoken with people who had experienced something similar after the surgery and claimed it to be temporary for them. Unfortunately, my symptoms would continue to get worse until they finally approached what I had known prior to the surgery.

I knew going into the surgery that it was not a cure but instead a means of getting back to ground zero where I could address the true source(s) of the problem. It was now time for me to invoke all I had learned about GERD and myself over the past years and change my life once and for all.

I regained my life during the weeks that followed this revelation and did so by changing the way I looked at the world. It boils down to the following practices and views:

  1. Acceptance of that which I cannot alter
  2. Regular Meditation
  3. Proper Diet
  4. Rest, Rest, Rest ... no more alarm clocks

The primary change that has made all the difference in my life has been my acceptance of the world as it is. Through meditation I have found a spiritual component to life that I had dismissed as illogical over the past 30 years. It is in this awareness that I have found a calming harmony in all my experiences today.

This all sounds rather metaphysical but who can deny the link between our thoughts and our bodies. The proof is overwhelming in this respect. To break our thoughts out even further requires personal experience and my experiences have shown me a deeper sense to our existence. It is this sense that greatly supports my acceptance of life as it is. Any fear of mortality is dismissed and the beauty of unbridled events in this life, simply unlock my grip on the need to control or the desire to manage. My job is to remember my job, and that is to "Sit back and enjoy the ride".

I must note that I am still not without GERD symptoms today but these symptoms are more than manageable. I still take a small dose of Tagament twice daily, sleep slightly inclined and try not to eat within 3-4 hours of bed. I have also found success in taking (.125mg) of Hyoscyamine if I let me guard down with any of the above four rules. This relaxes my stomach and quickly restores my good health.

My outlook is quite positive as I see a time in the near future when I will have only a recollection of the GERD symptoms, and the busyness and stress I had let into my life.

"We can choose to let stress in or not. The trick is to catch ourselves letting it in and stop it".

While my experience is in fact my experience, I have talked with hundreds of GERD sufferers and found a great deal of commonality. The stages of illness and well being tend to look like the following:


  1. Annoyance over nagging symptoms
  2. Hopes that a pill or very small lifestyle change will fix the problem
  3. Interest in learning more about disease
  4. Implementation of a working lifestyle change and medication

Severe GERD

  1. Panic and Distress over horrible symptoms
  2. Hopes that a pill or lifestyle change will fix the problem
  3. Interest in learning more about disease
  4. Try the many combinations of drugs that Western M.D.s offer
  5. Consider surgery to get life back
  6. Try Eastern and alternative treatments
  7. Consider surgery and more combinations of meds
  8. Live with their cyclic symptoms or get surgery
  9. Gain enough understanding through personal experience to address the actual source problem

These are my experiences and observations. I welcome any and all contact with those in the thralls of this disabling disease. I feel for your pain and have shared your plight, and I want to tell you that it can get better for you. I had one of the worst cases of GERD I know and I now have my life back.

Namaste and Best wishes,

September 22, 2003

David Harrison Epilogue:

It is now September of 2003 and GERD is a memory for me as I once hoped it would be.  I have not taken *any* medication for more than two years.  The plan that I implemented to address the source of my problem was successful.

I think about the hundreds of GERD sufferers that I have spoken with throughout the years and how so few of them believed that they had the ability to cure themselves through stress management and meditation.  Of course, how could I say that what worked for me would work for all.  I cannot.  But quietly ... I do.


David Harrison