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I am a breadwinner of a family of 5. My family has been very conscious of this pandemic and prudent in trying to avoid the virus. But just the same as many families this summer, COVID made it into our house. My wife and I and our teenage son all tested positive. Luckily my two young children did not contract the virus. I had it the worst, losing 19 pounds in 10 days, fevers, loss of taste and smell, and serious fatigue. We isolated for 3 weeks and were all healthy, but the lasting effects of the virus are more than just a physical strain on your immune system. Physical strain and fatigue, isolation, missing work, worry about infecting the others in your life, the stigma attached to being “the guy/family” with the virus and the guilt associated with having your family go through something like that causes major stress and trauma in life. The stress causes lasting fatigue, which causes more stress, and the trauma cycle goes on and on for much longer than the isolation and virus physically last. I worked with Joe Schechtman to break this vicious cycle a few weeks after the virus was out of our home. Joe helped me get through not just the lasting physical effects of the virus but the mental trauma that perpetuates these “symptoms”. Joe’s methods are outside the box and much different than the traditional ideas of “therapy”. He works on understanding on how to use your brain effectively to beat back the trauma and mental issues that make COVID so much more than just a virus. With just a few sessions I was able to break the cycle, getting rid of the nasty fatigue that plagued me for months and even gaining back weight and my sense of taste and smell. We all know COVID is dangerous physically, but what you don’t hear on TV is the danger of the mental trauma the virus wreaks on your life after you are “healthy”. For anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of contracting COVID, I would recommend speaking with Joe. With this pandemic we are all redefining the meaning of “normal”. Joe will help you define “normal” for yourself by making you feel exactly that…. like yourself again.

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