Millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia; the majority of them are women. As yet, there is no cure.
In this memoir, Brigid P. Gallagher shares her experiences on:
- The busy life she followed before succumbing to this debilitating disease
- Stopping and soul searching for answers to her vast array of symptoms
- Entering a new life of SLOW
Drawing on her knowledge and experience as a Natural Medicines therapist, she seeks out therapies to aid her healing, and integrates a variety of self-help techniques and lifestyle changes. She also unearths a love of solo travelling including Egypt, India, Rome, Lourdes, Bali…
Brigid learns many insights about LIFE on her journey, the most valuable being:
“First learn to love thyself.”
In 2006, she began a new career in Organic Horticulture, eventually teaching part time in schools. although she has now retired from teaching, she continues to pursue her lifelong passion for gardening and watching the daisies.
…bought the book and was quite sure I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed.
“Had read Brigid’s blog for a while when I bought the book and was quite sure I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed, in fact to the contrary it surpassed my expectations. Her back story is poignant and clearly significantly impacted on the woman she grew to be. She tells the tale in a soft voice which gently steers you through her places. Lovely, lovely and with a heart full of love for those she cares for. Her journey into healing and ultimately self-healing is fascinating. She does not shun traditional medicine but rather listens intently to the diagnoses whilst simultaneously drawing on her decades of learning many many alternative healing forms. As a travelogue it is rich and varied with moments that echo Elizabeth Gilbert in “Eat, Pray, Love” mode but her voice is a different voice. I highly recommend this book. I was drawn to buy it for my sister in law who suffers with fibromyalgia and the book is now with her. I know she will find much of the practical advice helpful. I know too that the the spiritual journey will resonate softly with her. As the whole book did with me.”
Lovely memoir, and full of practical inspiration.
“This delightful memoir has a number of threads running through it, all of which the author skilfully weaves together into an appealing whole.
Music is one of the threads, right from Brigid’s youth when she danced to Alan Freeman’s Pick of the Pops in the living room, to attending concerts of performers like Thin Lizzy, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Tina Turner, to later trips to see Tom Jones and Clannad. One day in her youth she even spent her lunchtime work break stalking cliff Richard as he did some shopping!
Unfortunately, another major thread is ill health. From childhood dental abscesses, laryngitis and joint pains, to insomnia, depression and pleurisy later in life, afflictions crop up regularly.
Eventually Brigid is diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Not surprisingly therefore, Brigid develops a keen interest in healing, and over the years shows a breath-taking enthusiasm and determination to study, practice and even commercialize her skills, as she explains herself: “colour healing, crystal and electro-crystal healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, nutritional medicine, counselling skills, spiritual healing, radionics, spaceclearing and the ancient art of Feng Shui. I reckon I had attained the equivalent of a master’s degree in natural medicines!”
She establishes the Scottish School of Holistic Healing, followed closely by Healthworks, a healing centre and shop in the middle of the Scottish town of Stirling.
The final thread is travel, which for the most time she undertakes solo. In many of these places, such as Malta, Morocco, Bali, India and Lourdes, Brigid seeks out and learns from local healing practices, which she then implements back home.
Watching the Daisies is well written, informative, entertaining in parts, harrowing in others. At the end of each chapter Brigid gives a quick summary of insights learned, and at the end of the book she gives her top ten tips for self-healing. In other words the book is extremely practical.
Finally, we find Brigid beginning to cut back on some of her many activities to take life a little slower ( hence the title). However, as she was once told by a numerologist that “the best years of your life will come later, probably in your sixties.” I suspect that Brigid won’t be letting the daisies grow too long!”