"Monkey's business" replied Dr Brian Clement after I had shared that I had been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I had never heard any healthcare provider, along my trail refer to it as "Monkey's business". The words brought such surprise and delight! He went on to tell me that he had seen literally thousands of women heal from it and also from conditions far more progressed, where the cancer had spread to bone and brain. This was my first conversation with Dr. Brian and it was like music to my ears.
I have been on a steep learning curve lately. Learning about the power of belief. At this point in my life I am convinced that it is our beliefs about everything that dictate life. At one point this idea was wishful thinking. With enough knowledge I am convinced! I believe! This idea, that beliefs truly do dictate life has significant implications for everyone, but especially when you are up against a serious health crisis.
It is of utmost importance that you go your own way; that you trust in yourself enough to follow the path that is calling you. Regardless of the path your best friend, mother, doctor, pastor, teacher have taken or think you should travel, you have to trust yourself to navigate your journey. For you are the only one that knows the truth in your bones and the wisdom in your heart. Others can guide, support, encourage and share their valuable wisdom and experience but you still have to follow what makes sense and resonates with you.
I don't know when it happened. I am not sure if it was a gradual process over the time of my treatment; the surgery, the chemo, the radiation....or if it came much later and all at once, that I finally realized I was full of life, full of trillions of cells that were working endlessly to keep me alive! Keeping me alive, so I can look out of these eyes, move these hands, speak the words that come from these lips and experience thought as it occurred in this head. How marvelous and strange. Why the effort? The magical effort of this genius collection of cells to keep me alive?
Have you changed your undies lately? Really, when was the last time you changed your underwear? Are you still wearing those polyester ones, or perhaps the nylon, spandex, acrylic ones or the fruit of the loom cotton ones? Well, if you are still one of those people wearing synthetic undies or even most of cotton ones, it is time to take them off!
My life was turned upside down by cancer. Upside down and inside out! But in the process of all the tests, treatments and terror, my thoughts and understanding of this disease ended up turning my ideas about cancer completely upside down. Instead of the dreaded death sentence that I had always thought it was, as I learned more about cancer it became like a coach in my life, challenging me to grow and reach further.
I was not at peace with the idea that after doing surgery, chemo and radiation, I had a 50/50 chance of being disease free in 5 years. With children aged 2 and 4 at the time, that just wasn't cutting it. I resolved myself to eat only what I needed to eat so that my body could have a chance to heal. I was determined to saturate my system with foods and nutrition to support my body's defense against cancer.
I recently watched a deeply disturbing documentary called “Earthlings”. It had shocking and horrendous footage of the most severe atrocities that humans afflict on other humans and non-humans that I have ever seen. It really was a deeply disturbing experience to watch this film.