Now that BodyMindChange has officially announced it, it means I can too. Not only am I the proud owner of a beautiful blue (ok, technically teal) POD...
I'm also one of the lucky few who had it implanted early, on Jan 27th 2014 to be exact.
Since then it's been an emotional time, as I'm sure you can imagine if you know anything about POD and what it does. I've laughed more, cried more and laugh-cried which I didn't think was possible. It's like I'm not fully in control of what I'm feeling. I'm assuming that's just POD recalibrating to my daily life and things will settle down soon. The nosebleeds have stopped. The headaches are fewer and less severe. The nausea is subsiding.
Despite all the side effects I wouldn't change a thing about my experience with POD and BodyMindChange. When I completed Simulation 1, I thought it was a very strange and disturbing way to spend 20 minutes but I was hooked. After Simulation 2 I felt even more connected to my POD and it to me. Once Simulation 3 was done there was no turning back. I was in this, for better or worse. I went from wanting POD to recommend what colour I should wear one day, to wondering if it might recommend I change career paths, to hoping it could help make me feel happy when I wasn't.
If you're reading this and you also have a POD I'd recommend reaching out to other POD hosts. We're all new to this, I bet we're all experiencing the same things. If you don't have a POD but are planning on getting one my advice to you is to find other POD trainees. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine. We're out there. All it takes is a simple "Are you friendly?" and a friend is yours to be had. There's safety in numbers. Stick together. Ask questions. Read between the lines. Take notes and share info. Learn all you can. I could not have made it this far without the wonderful people I've met through BMC. They've helped me in so many ways.
The Simulations have been shut down but BMC has announced they're moving to Europe this spring for a possible Phase 2. I don't know details, you'll have to follow them to find out more. I've visited the BMC Lab at the TIFF in Toronto at least 4 times. It's a magical place in there, I'm not embarrassed to say. If a European Lab does open I highly recommend visiting it.
But my POD and I are happy and lucky to have been here. My eyes are blurring now, I feel another laugh-cry coming on, this one from happiness. I think.