And the Answer is…

It’s time for me to tell you the story of my little health problem. I’ve been putting this off quite a while now, as I was avoiding opening up to you all. I’m happy to talk about Soul Contracts, hockey, moving forward in life and all that other stuff – but the really personal stuff? I’ve been holding back. After the nine millionth of receiving the message from my guides that this was something

by Danielle MacKinnon

It’s time for me to tell you the story of my little health problem. I’ve been putting this off quite a while now, as I was avoiding opening up to you all. I’m happy to talk about Soul Contracts, hockey, moving forward in life and all that other stuff – but the really personal stuff? I’ve been holding back. After the nine millionth of receiving the message from my guides that this was something I should share with you, I’m finally going to listen. (Yes – I too ignore my guides sometimes as you will see by what I’m about to write!)

So, about two and a half years ago, I developed an odd stomach problem. After I would eat food, my abdomen would blow up like I was seven months pregnant. It would just stick out for hours. As the days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into months, I realized that I needed help to shift it. Little did I know, I was embarking on a very long journey to learn something I thought I already knew.

The first “specialist” I saw was a Western medicine highly-recommended Gastroenterologist. After my colonoscopy and my clean bill of health from him, I decided he didn’t have the answer. Having someone look me straight in the eye and say “there is nothing wrong with you” when you’re standing there looking eight months pregnant (and you’re not!) was really too much for me. My stomach was still getting huge with each bite of food and clearly Mr. GI could not think outside of his little box to give me an answer.

My next stop was the world of raw food. I’ve been vegetarian my whole life, so this really intrigued me. My raw food counselor was positive that if I continued a diet of raw food, a regimen of colonics one a week, and a whole bunch of digestive enzymes things would improve. Halfway through the program she casually said it would take about three years for my body to heal completely. It was hard for me to believe this (or stomach the three years!) when I was looking more pregnant the more raw food I ate. Needless to say, I realized she didn’t have the answer either and booked it out of that program. I promptly went home and had some grilled asparagus.

Next, I visited  a very well-known allergist. I was already on a very restricted diet – removing anything that would create the bad stomach – and her answer was to take MORE food away. No fun! I remember sitting in her cramped and stuffy office as she removed all vegetables and fruit from my diet. I remember walking out of there, head hanging low, thinking “at least she could have admitted to me that what she wanted me to do sucked!” I hate when people give you a difficult job and tell you it’s no big deal. Removing more and more food from my diet was definitely not the answer either.

Now I was desperate for a solution. I felt like it was somewhere out there, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Through one of my clients, I found someone who specialized in digestive illness. That diagnosis seemed to fit – after all, my digestive system is in my abdomen and that’s what kept sticking out. What else could it be? I entered into a world all about poop. At the time this seemed to make sense – abdomen, bowel movements… yeah they all go together and I followed his program to a T. The problem was, the program wasn’t helping and this specialist, so confident in his program, kept telling me that things were not improving because I was cheating. Well, if there’s anything I am not – it’s a cheater. I left that program feeling disheartened (who wants to be told they are cheating when they are not?!) and even more full of despair.

A friend told me about a famous doctor about an hour from my home. He specialized in personalized diets. He was almost ninety years old and I thought to myself “someone that old – he must have the answer!). The first thing he said to me was that in order to heal, I was going to temporarily have to start eating meat. Having grown up vegetarian, this was devastating. I ate a hot dog in High School and when I was very young my mom would secretly give me liver disguised as other foods – other than that, meat really didn’t seem like “food” to me. But I was determined to get better and agreed to do it because I thought he MUST know what he’s doing. I remember my first meat meal was at a small deli with my husband, Kevin. It took about 20 minutes for us to get through the eating of the food and – no joke – I cried the whole time. With every bite, I sobbed harder. (We were sitting outdoors at the café – and I am sure the people who saw and heard me crying thought my husband was leaving me or something like that). After many months of this, nothing had changed. This old doctor, while a wonderful and kind man, was not the answer for me either.

About nine months after I began the meat-eating program (not for me!), I heard myself say this to a client in a private session, “You keep looking outside yourself for support and answers – and this isn’t where you get it. You have to look within – that’s where the healing, love and health really come from.”

After that session, I said to myself “OK, I give in. It’s time to follow my intuition.” Yep, it only took two and a half years! And look what I do for work!

Un-coincidentally, I had been awoken several mornings in a row with the word “acupuncture” in my head. Many years prior I had received intensive acupuncture and had relieved myself of my lifelong depression and my anxiety attacks. (Oh those anxiety attacks! They were at their worst when I was modeling – just picture it, me walking down the runway and then freaking out behind the curtain because I couldn’t breathe. What a fun time!) I “knew” this was my intuition pointing me toward this ancient Chinese medicine.

With each acupuncture appointment, I began to feel more relaxed and more like myself. I felt hopeful about my sticky-outy abdomen and with that positive hopeful feeling came… yes – me slowing down enough to really listen to my intuition. And what did I hear? “Reduce stress!” Isn’t this the funniest thing – how many of you have heard me say “slow down!” which I clearly wasn’t doing myself. So, feeling that I had no other choice, this is what I began to do. I brought back my daily meditation and my written connections with my guides. I started ending work at 6pm sharp and I streamlined my business by hiring an amazing assistant (Pam – many of you have already met her – she is the BEST) and what were the results? An abdomen that fits on my body. How cool right?

Now, when my abdomen starts to get big again, I know it’s time to refocus on relaxation and I feel relief within a day. All I had to do was walk my talk and listen to my gut!

So, I’m sure you can now see why I was reluctant to share this story with you. I very much want for you all to think of me as human – I don’t enjoy being put on a pedestal as that doesn’t help anyone move forward – however, at the same time, I don’t want you to see ALL of my challenges! So yes, I am coming clean and it’s time for you all to come clean as well.

Regardless of research, experts, articles, the web, your friends and loved ones – the only one who truly has the answer is You. I say You with a capital “Y” because by this I mean you, your Higher Self, your intuition, your spiritual guides, your connection to the Universe – whatever you want to call it. Feeling good about yourself, being healthy, living the life the want to live – they all start from within. It’s not about finding the “right” doctor or the “right” job – because these things don’t matter if you aren’t working from within.

Love & Light,


48 replies
  1. MM
    MM says:

    I have had the same thing for years. It comes and goes, mostly comes. Very painful too. I have been wheat-free for almost two weeks now and the problem is 80% gone.

  2. Suzanne
    Suzanne says:

    Thanks, Danielle, for sharing this. It really is very helpful, and I appreciate your honesty and allowing us into your personal journey this way. What a feeling of companionship. I just recently realized that I had to get back to a daily practice of meditation followed by journaling what my guides have to tell me. I just re-started this practice yesterday and it has just calmed me down so much. It strengthens my knowledge and understanding to know that you do this too. Thanks again

  3. Connie
    Connie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a young friend who has severe ptsd with conversion disorder and she has the same problem with her abdomen and like you noone can find a reason. I am a psychic/medium and want to help her. I thank my guides for guiding me to your website.

  4. Nany
    Nany says:

    Hello, I had exactly the same symptoms as you. I went to Dr’s and the hospital for xray’s , took all kinds of medicines. It turned out to be my nerves.. After all the medicines my mother told me I had irritable bowel syndrome, and she was right. She told me to start eatting macaroons (cookies) it worked and I have been cured for over ten years now.

  5. admin
    admin says:

    Thank you so much everyone for your kind words of support and gratitude. I knew I needed to share this story – and I’m really happy to hear that you all found some comfort in it. This means so much to me and over the past few days receiving all of these wonderful comments has been amazing!

  6. Teena
    Teena says:

    Danielle, thanks for sharing your story. As many others have written, I too have had health problems (digestive too) and gone to many doctors. I had just finished reading the book “Dying to Be Me” by Anita Moorjanni and what comes through big and clear in the book is: Be yourself, Listen to yourself, You are a magnificent being. I have tried listening to my own intuition for my health (before your post!) too. I’m not sure I’ve found the solution yet but one thing I think that is universal is to slow down and relax. I’ve been trying to do that for half a year!!!!

  7. Dixie
    Dixie says:

    My friend and I also went thru this 9 mo. pregers belly look. I quit the beer and took up exercising. It took a year to lose but now it seems to be trying to return. Stress is a major factor. My friend is still having problems with it. So happy you’re doing better and had the courage to share with us.

  8. anne nipp
    anne nipp says:

    As I struggle to find my inner peace and improve my mental and physical health this story of yours gives me courage and inspiration!

  9. Ngozi
    Ngozi says:

    Danielle, your search for the answer outside yourself resonated with me– all these specialists and experts when, in truth, you’re the expert on yourself. Happy you are feeling better with the acupuncture and stress reduction. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. Robbie
    Robbie says:

    Danielle your story truly hit home with me in SO many ways. I can’t begin to tell you how it has opened my eyes and hopefully my senses. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing it!

  11. Kylie Egan
    Kylie Egan says:

    Thankyou Danielle for sharing your journey and I’m glad you finally worked it out ! Another life lesson in life ! Always remember though we are always here to give you support and love,never think that you are alone,love and light,Kylie(Apple Blossom Feng Shui)xxx

  12. ming wei
    ming wei says:

    I know what it’s like to go from one doctor to another. Take all the tests, keep all appointments,take medicines deligently follow everything to the “t” paid all bills and in the end be given a ” can’t help you” verdict. And a “it’s all your fault” look.

  13. Dede Rondeau
    Dede Rondeau says:

    Thank you so much for your willingness to have such an open and giving heart. I appreciate you and your self-lessness to help others. I look forward to more classes with you in the near future. Dede Rondeau

  14. Claire
    Claire says:

    Thanks so much for sharing Danielle. I really gives me hope that someone as intuitive as you can still have doubts. I often feel that I’m way down when it comes to spirituality and that everyone else is way more advanced than me. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I do empathise with you, but it does help me to recognise that we are all human, and people that I admire or appear to be very connected, also have times when they don’t listen to their inner voice/higher self, or whatever term you use. Again, thanks for being so honest.

  15. Dee
    Dee says:

    Bless you Danielle for your courage and honesty! While I have no digestive issues, I am ALWAYS looking outside my Self for the answers – always doubting me! Not only do I truly appreciate the fact you shared this part of your journey, I’m so grateful that you shared about not listening and not going within the find the answers. It helps me to know I’m not the only one who looks outside for the answers – especialy when it’s someone with so much more knowledge and ability than I! Bless you for sharing your vulnerability!

  16. Shari
    Shari says:

    This story really hit home with me as I have had the same problem this last year, exact same problem! I am still stunned because I feel this was in a sense a message to me as well. I have had the same swelling problem, been to regular doctor, Gastroenterologist, had a coloscopy, endoscopy, tried multiple diets, and pretty was going to give up. I knew my stress level was at its highest and it played in role in my health but reading your article helped me confirm the same thing. I too will have to start meditation again and re-focus on myself.

  17. carla
    carla says:

    Hello, I can’t thank you enough for this un-coincidental story. I have suffered for years with a very similar issue. I just spent 8 days in the hospital(you can have heart surgery and not be there 8 days). I have been everywhere and had tons of gross tests. No one knows. I, a person who never taked medications, am on a stream of medications. Temporary help with side-effects. Here’s the interesting part. I am an intuitive medium. Two people have mentioned to me Acupuncture. I went so far as getting a person’s name but did not call. I was in Boston this weekend seeing John Holland and Brian Weiss and saw you in the audience (for a split second) right after I looked at my phone and saw your newsletter. I thought how funny. I did not read it as I was at the conference. Reading this now tells me I MUST call the Acupunturist today! Thank you!!

  18. Kari
    Kari says:

    Thank you for sharing your vulnerable side with us Danielle. It makes you more of an inspiration! I’m glad you’re feeling better too! I’m looking forward to our sessions together next month!

  19. Jeneva
    Jeneva says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’ve been experiencing the same kind of pregnant belly bloat. I’ve had it before so I know it’s nothing major but I’m thrilled to understand the stress connection. Coincidentally, I did a great, relaxing yoga class last night and my stomach has been flat all day. I’ll keep it up!

  20. Tom in Nova Scotia
    Tom in Nova Scotia says:

    Ghastly experience, and am delighted you’re through it. I am trying to model my own behaviors on yours, but very difficult indeed.
    I appreciate being on your mailing list!

  21. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I love what you wrote & shared & I see a lot of parallels here popping up that I need to sit on for a while & think about say thank you…. I love how you opened up & appreciate you for it 🙂 My extended belly & all the rest of me thank & love you :)))


  22. Thom
    Thom says:

    Thanks for the reminder Danielle. I’ve had similar problems, partly stress from overwork for 6 years, financial missteps, and, like Brenda H, a relationship that would be truly wonderful if I knew how to move this lady beyond “just friends and dance partner and so many common tastes in music, movies, etc..
    Gladtro know you are over that phase.

  23. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this personal story. I see a few different lessons that I can learn from. For me, it’s always about not trusting in myself. Sharing this is a wake up call to me about my own health issues, slowing down, taking care of yourself; fear; fear of judgment; persistence in finding the answers; trusting in yourself… Thank you for waking me up back into “awareness.”

  24. Mary
    Mary says:

    Thank you Danielle for sharing your story! It is a challenge when we are used to helping others and we feel so strongly we know what others need in their lives. This was just part of your journey to seek outside of yourself so you could see how you do have the answers within. Yes, you are human and a loving being who was guided to share your story so you could continue to help others through your experience. I’m going to share this with my daughter-in-law if you don’t mind. Sending love to you!

  25. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    I am so grateful for your story and know it will help many of us heal. As sensitives we all tend to wear our solar plexus chakra on our sleeves ;). You helped me to recognize that my wonderful Marvin’s soul purpose with this human was to help me listen to my gut, but that didn’t stop me from going on a month-long raw diet which was … intense. A wonderful reminder that highest knowledge is inside us all, but we’re all capable getting off track – and back on. Salud!

  26. jeanne
    jeanne says:

    Danielle, so glad your feeling better. Our bodies are really amazing. If we could just listen to them more often, what we can learn and so much much faster than when we egnor
    e the singes. Thank you for shareing something so personal to you to help us remember to listen.

  27. Anne
    Anne says:

    Danielle thank you for sharing your story. I like so many here commenting have had ‘stomach’ problems. It started when I was a little girl and still continues although it is getting better. For me it has always been about anxiety, it goes straight to my stomach. I was not surprised when one day I read that one has a second brain in the stomach area, as my thoughts always have made it worse.


  28. Pam
    Pam says:

    What a terrific lesson for all of us to hear/learn!! I’m only sorry you had to go through all of that (and for so long) and we’re getting an educational benefit from it. An example of your wonderful heart and loving healing powers for others. Thank you for sharing Danielle!

  29. Linda
    Linda says:

    What a truly inspirational story you shared with us. Letting it out was healing in itself. May you continue on the road to complete weel-being now that you have found the way from the outside to the inside. May your progress get better and better.
    Blessings of good health

  30. lynn bianchi
    lynn bianchi says:

    Thank you Danielle!
    I too suffer with digestion. Often i don’t listen to my inner voice. I appreciate you sharing this.

  31. Victoria Sjollema
    Victoria Sjollema says:


    Your health journey is, word for word…. amazingly like mine!! I have learned that our “gut” is considered our “small brain” while our head contains our large brain, and yes stress is the primary reason for digestive issues. I am still dealing with my “stuff” on a daily basis and need to stay calm or else all hell breaks loose. One thing I am exploring as we speak is the gluten component. I’ve been eating gluten free for about a week now and feel remarkably better. I am hoping this will be my answer…. It’s a bit too soon to know. Please check it out! Hugs!!!

  32. Kerry
    Kerry says:

    Hi Danielle,
    Thanks for writing that. I too am a lifelong vegetarian and have always wondered “why”…my parents tried to feed me meat as a kid and I just refused…My parents brought me to the doctor and he told them I’d be fine with enough variety of other food. I’ve always just felt/known it isn’t for me. I’ve never heard of anyone else with a similar story so this is really cool and intriguing for me. Have you ever contemplated “why” and what did you come up?

  33. Alyssa
    Alyssa says:

    Danielle, you are brave and wonderful to share your digestive adventures. We are all what we eat, think and feel and if we do not tune into our own Chi and acknowledge its amazing presence ’tis easy to be out of balance. Delighted your Chi is being acknowledged and balanced You do so much for us – continue to do this for your self! Namaste

  34. DeeDee
    DeeDee says:

    Hi Danielle, wow, what a difficult & uncomfortable time you’ve had! But, thank you for sharing.Very powerful & inspiring. Thanks!

  35. Brenda H.
    Brenda H. says:

    Thank you for sharing…I’ve recently experienced bloating, felt like food wasn’t being processed. I felt I couldn’t eat and felt sick. I realized it was spirits’ way of letting me know that a relationship I was in wasn’t good for me. I removed the source of aggravation and wa-la, my stomach/digestives issues dissapeared.

  36. Kat
    Kat says:

    Danielle, Thank you for sharing. I’m going thru something similar right now. I will start listening more to my own body. It’s funny how we know what to do but don’t take the advice we give others so freely. You are awesome. Peace and Love, Kat

  37. Karen R
    Karen R says:

    In our endeavors to help the many, we sometimes are blinded to our own best advice. I have noticed that the greater service a person performs, the greater challenge they are faced with. I guess because it’s harder to get their attention. Not something I look forward to, but in the end we are all better for it! Thank you for sharing your journey & lesson. I’m sure your lesson will make many of us more conscious of the importance of listening to Self & our Guides.

  38. Lyn
    Lyn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is a great message for all of us in our fast paced world. It sounds like you have found the answer, but you might explore gluten free for a month and see how you do. Bloated abdomen is one of the classic symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

    All my best and I’m so glad you are feeling better!!

  39. Desiree
    Desiree says:

    Thank-you for sharing – another healing step for you and all who read about your journey. The hardest person to listen to – yourself, perfect timing for me to hear this message again and ACT upon it or BE upon it…! Thank-you for your authenticity and heart-centred wisdom!!! Delighted for your return to comfort!

  40. Lyn Buckingham
    Lyn Buckingham says:

    I too have had decades of being unwell with things that have been explored, tested, poked and prodded and then the prononcement is made “you are fine, there is nothing wrong with you……just start living your life”. You leave there office, knowing there is something wrong, but feeling a bit foolish.
    I have also tried many, many ways and just recently started listening, (to myself) and guess what, I am starting to feel a lot better, and my sluggish organs are starting to work and communicate with the other organs!! It is gratifying.

  41. Susan
    Susan says:

    Danielle, this is a great story that shows honesty, courage and truth. I appreciate you writing this and sharing this part of your life….bravo! We are all trying to master the human experience. Cheers, Susan

    • Melanie Russell
      Melanie Russell says:

      Hi Danielle,
      The same thing happened to me and I only looked two months pregnant but had tenderness on my abdomen. I too went to the doctor twice within a five month period and had a blood work done and they wanted me to see a specialist as well. The first doctor told me I probably have pancreatitis but she never followed up with me after that. I had the same blood work done five months later to learn I was and still am very anemic. The doctor told me I have bleeding ulcers hence the anemia. She gave me medications that just mask the problem. Ulcers heal on their own but I ended up having to do a ton of research online to find out how to heal them. I also looked into myself to find answers and as much as I found some I found a natural supplement, Mastic Gum, that actually heals the ulcers. Between healing my inner self and the Mastic Gum, all my symptoms have all but gone away. Hopefully this will help someone else in our position 🙂


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