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Mahala's Story: From Fibromyalgia Sufferer to Fibro Warrior


Mahala Gehna, in 2023

Hi, I’m Mahala. I’m a 40-something (OK, almost 50!) Mum of three; an ex-teacher; a coffee addict. And a qualified Sound Healing Practitioner. Let me tell you why.


Being Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia

I’ve had fibromyalgia since I was 19 years old. I was at University, living 300 miles away from home, when I went from living a normal student life (burning the candle at both ends) to wondering why all of my joints were painful and I stopped being able to sleep.


I was relatively lucky that diagnosis took about eight months, and I was sent to the Royal Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (known locally as The Min), in Bath where I was at uni, for my official diagnosis. It didn't take very long. A friend had suggested I might have M.E., which I knew precious little about, but the consultant said no. In fact I had Fibromyalgia he explained, as he handed me an A4 sheet which attempted to tell me something about it. Cheerily, he told me "there's no treatment really, and there's no cure, so you'll have this for the rest of your natural!". And off I was sent, dazed, back out into the world.

the Fibromyalgia butterfly logo

My university were great, and offered me a year out to see how I got on. I knew I would never return if I did that, so I put on my stubborn face and pushed forward. I handed in my notice at my part-time job, stopped the Student Union work I did and just concentrated on getting through my degree. When I finished it, five months later, I was exhausted beyond anything I'd ever known. I flew to Cyprus and spent some time with a friend who lived there. It felt great, but all too soon, I was back to the real world.


An Easy Life

Anyone who knows me knows that if someone tells me I can't, or shouldn't, do something, it's like a red rag to a bull, so it's unsurprising that my first career was in retail management, and then, since clearly that wasn't stressful enough, I became a teacher. And not just a a teacher, but Head of Department. In my first teaching job. By the time I left teaching, I was Head of Department in the biggest school in the country. And I was burnt out.


Believe me when I say I know what it’s like to have so little energy you can’t stand up, to be in so much pain you want to cry, and to know that the painkillers you were prescribed will make no difference. I know what it’s like to struggle through, trying to live a normal life. To try and bring up children whilst just wanting to spend all day, every day in bed. I know what it’s like to have to give up a career you worked hard for. And I know what’s like to have your child caring for you and their siblings because you can’t manage it.


But I also know what it’s like to come out of the other side of that. Sound Healing is the reason I can function again; the reason my children do not need to look after me anymore; the reason I am able to run a business as well as look after my family.

Recovery

By 2016 I was struggling to walk, used a mobility scooter and was in constant pain. I couldn't be relied upon to stay awake. Life was miserable and I knew something had to change. I had completed my first Sound Therapy course whilst I was still a teacher, and I instinctively knew that my answer lay in this training. I began using my mantra knowledge to help my physical and mental health, and then decided to do more training.



Mahala Gehna and her children in 2018
2018, with my children, recovery underway

Within a few weeks of starting to play my instruments, I was walking much better, not using the scooter. I was tired still, of course, but things were already looking up. I've never given myself, or received, a sound healing treatment for my fibromyalgia (besides my mantra practice), but giving treatments to other people provides me with enough "residual healing" that I can manage my Fibromyalgia without asking my doctor for help. In 2016, I was taking 30 tablets a day, and most of those were for managing various aspects of Fibromyalgia. Now, I don't take any tablets for Fibromyalgia - none for pain, none for sleep, none for any other symptom of Fibromyalgia.


And it’s not just the physical difficulties Sound Healing has helped me with. It’s helped lay to rest the demons from a huge emotional trauma that happened long before I even knew of Sound Healing. It helped me get through a nervous breakdown at the end of my teaching career and I used my techniques to help me through ending a 16 year marriage and dealing with the mental anguish that came from acknowledging the emotional abuse I suffered in that relationship.


Sound Healing has made such a huge impact on my life. I use aspects of it every day for myself and it’s because I know how powerful sound healing is that I share it with others.


This is why I'm passionate about working with others who have Fibromyalgia, other chronic illnesses, or mental and physical traumas to overcome. It's also why I'm embarking on a big research project into the effects of Sound Healing on Fibromyalgia, and am looking for lots of people with Fibromyalgia to receive free treatments with me, so I can compare and contrast how it responds to various instruments and techniques. If you're interested in finding out more about this research, or being one of those who receives treatments, please complete this form to express your interest,

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