Did you know that Louise Hay and others equate breasts with nurturing? Makes sense, right? Boobs literally support life. Her book, “Heal your Body” quotes breast problems as “A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first”. Not a surprise to me at all! This was my starting point in healing myself.
Today’s blog – part 2 of my journey with cancer – outlines the healing modalities I used for body, mind and spirit that were crucial to my recovery.
I have learnt the absolute hard way, that nurturing myself is essential. (Up until now, I always chose the hard way!) I now value rest and relaxation as a normal and well deserved part of my day. And I realise, no matter how resentful I become, no one else is going to do this for me!
I deserve this and I believe that we all do. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start. Here are some things that have really helped me through, but please remember we are all different and need to find our own amazing team of healers that work best for us. (Use your own inner knowing to choose who is right for you!). And in part 3 of this blog I will share the things I’ve learnt that pull it all together – what we really need to know to manage any chronic health issue.
If you’ve ever listened to Jo Dispenza or Wayne Dyer (or even Oprah talk about the Law of Attraction), you may understand the concept that we manifest our own future. My greatest fear since becoming a mum, was that I’d develop cancer again and leave my family. There are obviously a lot of factors involved in why I got sick (and I’ll write more blogs about those in the future… sleep, hormones, stress, tummy fat to name a few). But one reason has to be that I created this future with my fear and focus on a negative outcome (and so I could learn all that I needed to!). This may make some people angry to hear, especially if they are facing their own health crisis. There is much evidence for the power of positive thinking and I believe it’s worth working on, so I can create the future of my dreams. I am learning to speak my truth and hoping that in the process, I will help others who are on the same path.
So my very first action was to start shifting some of my old negative thought patterns with an Energy Healer. I had begun to clear trapped emotions using muscle testing at home, but I found it helpful to have someone who sees where the energy is trapped and talked me through the process to release it. And then replace it with a new positive thought, action or emotion. This is very much an ongoing process that has layers, but the great thing is you can truly release things that have been festering inside you for years. Contact me for a referral.
Another way to release negative emotions and thought patterns is through tapping. EFT or tapping works on our meridians or energy channels (the same ones used in acupuncture). The concept is that we state how we feel, releasing the trapped emotions by speaking their truth while tapping on set points on the body. Then the words are changed to support a positive way of seeing the situation. This can be quite emotional and can completely change the way you view a past or future event – it literally re-wires your brain while you tap. Check out The Tapping Solution or get the app, which has some great tips and free guided tapping meditations to get you started.
Personalised testing for cancer killing agents
The best thing I did for my body was testing my specific cancer cells to see what treatments would work best. This amazing RGCC test can be prescribed by me or your naturopath. You can choose to test chemotherapy drugs, or natural treatments, or both. As I said in Part 1, my prognosis was no better with chemo, so I chose to test only the natural treatments. If you are the sort of person who likes to read amazing healing stories on the internet, then this test is for you! Because people will swear by an amazing cure, and it could well be what saved them, but it doesn’t mean it will work for you! Like any treatment, natural or medical, it may work for some people, but not for everyone. So, I took the test of 50 natural treatments including vitamin C, various herbs and supplements. I was able to tailor my treatment specifically to my cancer. This saved me from taking ineffective supplements and allowed me to be very targeted and confident in my choices.
One of the best cancer killing treatments for me was vitamin C, which has lots of amazing research at the right doses. I travelled to Queensland for treatment, but have since found a clinic in Sydney which administers therapeutic doses too. Please contact me if you’d like the details. I was very lucky to be treated by a knowledgeable oncology naturopath, who has had great success with cancer patients. And she’s helped me with herbs for stress and allergies too, and has provided me with a natural alternative hormone treatment.
Kinesiology and processing my loss
The other practitioner who really helped my body and spirit, was my kinesiologist. She helped to rebalance my system before and after surgery. She helped test my body for the correct dosages for all my supplements. She also helped me clear negative emotions that came up through the process, and even talked me through finding my voice when I needed to negotiate with my surgeon and oncologist about my decisions. Contact me if you’d like her name.
I’ve had lots of processing to do about losing my breast. It was harder than I thought it would be. I am happy to say my kinesiologist helped to metaphorically put me back together when my mind was not fully accepting and integrating the changes in my body. I feel whole and one again now, but it took time and energy to reach that point.
Meditation and connection to earth
I couldn’t have got through this time without meditation. I used to struggle to include it and value it as part of my day. It is as essential now as brushing my teeth and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. I made it a set time of day so it’s become routine. I do it before I get up and start dealing with kids and breakfast and everything that needs to be done for the day. I like to meditate or tap or at least rest a second time in the day too, often just for 10 minutes, and I know I feel better if I do. It really helps get through the busy afternoon and evening – it’s a long day for all of us!
Time out in nature is another great healing tool that I’ve come to love and value. Walking with your feet on the ground sends amazing healing energy from the earth up into your body – an electrical current that we are all deprived of because we wear shoes all our lives. Research into grounding (or earthing) shows it’s multiple health benefits for improving sleep and stress and reducing pain and inflammation (the precursor for most chronic disease). And it’s something I aim for in my life every day (and the kids love to do it, too).
So much more than physical
So you can see, that having cancer has not just been about the physical reality for me, but so much more. It has been an invaluable wake up call for me. It’s helped me see what I was ignoring and showed me that I don’t have time to procrastinate any more!
My journey of healing will never end. I work on myself every day to stay well and include essentials that address my physical, spiritual and emotional sides. But more than ever, I am focussing on a long and healthy future, and continuing to teach myself new ways to improve.
I look forward to sharing Part 3 of my journey with cancer and healing next week.