Whilst Kitbag is not designed as a treatment in the traditional sense, it can enhance treatment and facilitate a speedy recovery from illness as documented by some of our Kitbag users.
For example, one person used Kitbag following an operation. He said:
“Kitbag helped me concentrate and focus on getting better. Daily aims/goals helped me to recognise/remember that there had been improvement in my health. I also feel that it helped me to cope with the pain I experienced both pre and post-operatively.”
He added that Kitbag was: “a good tool/resource to help you see where you are and where you are going, while giving comfort and strength for the journey”.
Another person had a brain abscess and was seriously ill in hospital for about three months. She said she wished she had taken Kitbag into hospital as she found it a great help after being discharged. At home she used it every day.
She used the presence cards slowly, trying to “be the statement”. She used the oils every day. “It sounds silly, but that action of putting a little essential oil on every day became a symbol of something which I could for myself, not something which others did for me.”
She used the kit every day, even on days when she felt tired and afterwards she always felt uplifted. “The kit was a godsend”. She feels it helped her to a fuller and speedier recovery saying it was “Better than the drugs”.
An important source of inspiration for Kitbag was the work of Bohart and Tallman and their ground-breaking book: How Clients Make Therapy Work: the process of active self-healing. Whilst written from the perspective of psychotherapy, their insights are just as important for recovery from physical illness. Bohart and Tallman list a number of processes which are involved in self-healing which include: acceptance, attention shift, cessation of self-blame, patience, tolerating uncertainty and ambiguity, perseverance, talking with others, getting a higher purpose etc.
All these processes are promoted in Kitbag, particularly in the Transform and Hope cards.