Cancer is a very personal disease. Your cancer is as individual as you are (there are over 200 different kinds of cancer) and treating it cannot be formulaic. Some people believe their faith was as important as the chemotherapy; some people believe their doctor cured them, others went nowhere near an orthodox therapy, and some used a combination of faith, western medicine and alternative medicine.
 
Whatever long term survivors people did, whatever they took, whatever they believed, all of them are living proof that you can beat cancer.  When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and then ovarian cancer in 2006, I was determined to do everything I could do to survive.  Am I still here because I "did" those things? As I've said many times before, I haven't a clue, but after reading success stories from all round the world - stories of people who have used a variety of Programs to overcome different types of cancer, I have come to believe that our odds for survival can definitely be increased.

There does seem to be a common thread that runs throughout the survival community...these patients related to cancer as a frightening, unpleasant intrusion or challenge who came to wake them up to how severely their lives had become toxic and out of balance.  Not only did they begin to cherish their bodies by providing nourishing food each and every day, but they placed their whole being under a psychic microscope to dial in to every aspect of their live-style choices.  This infers that those diagnosed with cancer can quite possibly regain control by making the changes to their diet and lifestyle to complement their conventional medical treatment and help them to overcome cancer. 

Most programs include these three key elements: 1) Dietary changes = eliminating cancer-causing foods and drinks from your diet,   2) Add in the most powerful cancer-preventing foods and drinks, 3) Cut your exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in your home and environment, 4) Decrease stress through exercise, meditation, increased self-awareness, and 5) Decreasing toxic people, increasing loving support.

Naturally, I began to ask myself where in my life had I become out of balance. I recall often waking up with a dark cloud of depression hanging over me. It was as if I was feeling the sun setting on my world and I wasn't ready to leave.  One morning, I reached for an old journal of mine and was brought up short by the following words from May Sarton, who was was known for inviting impeccable integrity into one's life. "To be honest is to expose wounds, and also to wound —withdrawal, censorship, the wish to keep the surfaces smooth because any eruption spells danger and must therefore be prevented, is costly also. Censorship simply drives conflict deeper inside. What is never discussed does not for that reason cease to exist. On the contrary, it may fester and finally become a killing poison."  I had read these words before and, obviously, they resonated with me. I had written them down!  I realized that my default position in life was to swallow my feelings, especially anger and shame, say nothing, and remain pleasant. Woody Allen once said,  "I don't get angry, I grow tumors instead."  Yep.

When May Sarton spoke of exposing wounds, and also to wound, I began to see that this truth had as much to do with exposing and admitting to myself my imbalances and vulnerabilities, not necessarily having the need to point out those weaknesses of someone else.That's easy...isn't it?  To criticize others with the one finger pointing out and three fingers pointing back at 'yours truly'? I discovered three big "gotta look ats" (there were more than three but hey, baby steps!). These were the super-glued tendencies I had where I felt I needed to heal;  1) Martyrdom  2) Being always pleasant and nice  and 3)  Self-defensiveness (how nicely I thought it hid my imperfections). I didn't have to grovel around in the dirt to discover my "stuff."  It all oozed up to the surface fairly quickly once I was determined to make changes, life-giving changes. Once I recognized those sneaky little devils who had been running my life, and more importantly, my SHAME around them, they began to retreat from my daily behaviors bit-by-bit. My life was beginning to feel lighter and more in balance when I discovered I had nothing to hide!  More to come... As Magnus Molliner so eloquently said, "Create yourself a great loving day!"

Please note: As you read my story, realize it is MY story, MY opinions. I am not advocating any of you adhere to the thoughts, ideas, or principles I ascribe to.  We each must walk this journey with a keen eye turned inward to what feels right for us individually.  Find out what feels right for YOU!  Isn't that what our journey is really all about!
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