Healing Myself

I just finished reading a book called Radical Remissions: Surviving Cancer At All Odds which I learned about from the documentary Heal. A radical remission is when someone recovers against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.

The author, Kelly Ann Turner, traveled the world and interviewed holistic healers and cancer survivors to learn about their healing practices. The common denominator between radical remission survivors were nine key factors:

  1. Radically changing your diet
  2. Taking control of your health
  3. Following your intuition
  4. Using herbs and supplements
  5. Releasing suppressed emotions
  6. Increasing positive emotions
  7. Embracing social support
  8. Deepening your spiritual connection
  9. Having strong reasons for living

As a result of reading the book, I am really trying to use my authentic power to heal myself while getting radiation treatments through positive thinking, affirmations and changing my diet. I’m juicing fruit and vegetables including wheat grass, barley grass and alfalfa grass. I’m also cutting out sugar, dairy and products made from white flour. I recently learned that sugar and dairy are the two things that may contribute to cancer cell growth. 

According to the American Heart Association, women should limit sugar intake to 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day and men should limit their intake to 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons). Before reading this, I never realized before how much sugar I ingested. For example, one can of a popular cola has 44 grams of sugar; one single serving 5.3 ounce cup of strawberry Greek yogurt has 13 grams of sugar, one 20 ounce bottle of a popular sports drink contains 36 grams of sugar!

Today is 4 weeks since my last surgery; to think about where I was and how far I have come is absolutely amazing. I’m staying focused, positive and truly believing with all of my heart and soul that I am on the right path to healing.  I can’t just say that I’m staying positive; I have to really believe that I can be among that 1% of people that survive. Research does show that the mind is capable of immense effects on the body.

I am embracing my life and I am realizing that while I absolutely attribute the daily use of my laptop as the cause of the tumor in my leg everyday; I was not in a good place mentally and even physically. At the time, I was going through the worst grief I could ever possibly imagine after losing my twin sister, Sue. It was a horrible time. After losing her, I wanted to die, I even prayed to God to take me. Although I would never hurt myself, I wanted to just go to sleep and not wake up. After I was diagnosed, I did live with guilt thinking that I caused my own cancer because of that.

I didn’t fully embrace life, I didn’t fully want to live. Now I realize it was as if I took a beautiful precious gift that someone had given me (that someone being God) and giving it back saying sorry, don’t want it, don’t like it.  That’s not right, you don’t give a gift back, you say thank you and appreciate it.  Cancer has made me realize how very much I want to live, how wonderful life is, what a gift it is and how grateful I am for it. 

BC (before cancer), I was working ridiculously long hours at a job that I didn’t enjoy. I wasn’t eating well, and the only good thing that I did for myself was meditate and run; running was cathartic.  But even with running, my body was depleted and I wasn’t replenishing it. I was so stressed that I was breaking out in rashes everywhere. When I look back I see I wasn’t showing my body love, I wasn’t  properly taking care of myself. I really, really neglected myself.

I got better but then went through the stresses of losing my Mom and brother, Danny. I’m not surprised that I developed a tumor in June right after they both passed.

This is the first time ever in my life that I’m able to rest, eat well, meditate, exercise and not be stressed out.  I do believe that we all have the power to heal ourselves and that’s what I’m doing right now; healing myself.

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