In an effort to give back, I have been meaning to post this for many years. I’m happy I finally have done so and I hope this helps someone. Back in the 1990s, I started suffering horrible back pain. No clue why at the time. I was in college and I was able to find a couch that I put an ironing board under that gave me a little comfort. After months of pain, I ended up going to the doctor. I was referred to surgery and underwent a laminectomy. Even though I was still in a little pain, the surgery seemed to help. Many years later, I “tweaked” my back (or so I thought) which put me right back in pain. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t work. Doctors has me trying all types of therapy. I wasn’t improving. I was getting super depressed. I basically figured my life was over and I was only in my 20s. Even though the internet was in its infancy, I searched tirelessly for solutions and I can across John Sarno’s name. I got his book “Healing Back Pain.” I read it cover-to-cover in one setting. I was skeptical because of all the MRIs and other tests indicating my problem was structural. To test this out, I decided I would go out to my driveway, pick up a 25 pound bag of rock salt, and apply it to my driveway. I did it. At first there was pain, but then it went away and there didn’t seem to be any long-standing issues. I couldn’t believe it...I should have been double-overed in pain. I wasn’t. I didn’t heal that night, but I started getting better. It was a several month process, but by reading all the Sarno books I could, I triumphed. I am proof that no matter how bad the experts tell you your back is, you can overcome it. Recently, I had to get another MRI of my abdomen due to a potential mass my doctor felt (good news, turned out just to be a benign lipoma). But when the results came back, the radiologist commented that my lower back was completely compressed along some vertebrates and there was much degenerative damage. I showed my wife and just laughed. I told her my doctor says I should be doubled over in pain, yet I’m not. I’m fine. I know someone might read this and be thinking their pain will never heal. I used to feel that way. But know this, you will get better. If you follow the processes laid out, you will get better. You will be able to live the life you want. It’s great. You will get there. It may take longer than you want, but you will get there! Don’t ever give up!