The Blessings in Cancer
As I thought about the next item to put in my Gratitude Jar – the idea of cancer came to mind. And in case most of you think I have lost my mind, I really haven’t. Like many of you, I have had many challenges in my life, and in the end, they all provided valuable lessons. I believe having cancer will turn out to be my greatest teacher.
I have decided to pursue a holistic approach to my healing, and have undertaken a program to educate myself about nutrition, energy healing, cellular oxygenation, infrared treatments and a variety of other healing modalities from around the world.
I am grateful for the information I have gathered so far, and even more thankful for the lessons I have learned. I am sure more will unfold as I go through this process. I am sharing some of my experiences, as I believe they can be valuable to all of us, whether or not we are going through a medical challenge, or trying to avoid one.
I have now come to believe that both healing from disease and preventing disease occurs on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. These are three of my observations:
1. Physical Level. My research has led me to believe that nutrition plays an extremely important part in our health – and in the development or prevention of disease. A significant portion of our food source comes from genetically-modified plants and antibiotic-injected protein, and our ground water supply has become polluted through the dumping of factory waste and the use of fertilizers and pesticides. One has to make a concerted effort to avoid, or at least counterbalance, the effects of the toxicity in our world. A healthful diet, with real-food supplementation, seems to provide the best solution we have today.
2. Emotional Level – Physical health or chronic disease often has at its core an emotional component. The toxic people and situations in our life are as poisonous as any chemicals we ingest through our food sources. In order to heal, or stay healthy, one needs to let go of these type of individuals and activities, release any negative thoughts about the same, and “let it go” with love and forgiveness. Although this can be a painful process, I have discovered by doing this I have left an opening for more supportive, kind and loving individuals and circumstances to come into my life.
3. Spiritual Level – A big part of healing, or staying healthy, is having a positive attitude and staying grounded in whatever belief system sustains you. I know that can be a difficult task, especially if you are in the midst of a health challenge. I think it is important, as best we can, to maintain an air of hope and optimism in our life, no matter what our circumstances. I am trying to do this by placing a positive focus on my own healing and surrounding myself with people who support me. It also helps to share my journey with others, and to remember to stay in a place of gratitude for all I have in my life.
Yes, I am grateful to this thing we call cancer – as odd as that may seem. I now view my world in a different light – one that is clearer and more focused. I do not know for sure if that would have happened without my diagnosis. My hope in sharing this post is that people will take a moment to ask themselves if they are taking charge of their own health and their individual well-being, so that they do not bring some form of “dis-ease” into their life.
I don’t know where this journey will take me – although I do know that I am on the right path, at least for now.