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Nov142011

Cancer Therapies

In early 2000, my niece was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 28 years old at the time of her diagnosis. She has always been a special person in my life as I always felt my sister shared her daughter with me. (I was gifted with 2 sons and always wanted a girl.) My healing modalities were a gift I could share with her.

She lived in Eugene, Oregon and I lived in Portland about 110 miles away. While she was undergoing surgery and radiation treatment for the cancer, I would drive down every couple of weeks to do Lymphatic Drainage or Cranio-Sacral Therapy on her to assist in her healing process. Doing the lymphatic work while she underwent the radiation was very important.

First, I had to redirect the lymph flow from the surgery scar from her lumpectomy. When they cut through the lymphatic tissue, it is like blocking a river and when the lymph nodes are removed the river needs to be rerouted. The body is very smart and all it often needs is a little nudge to get it working again. When the radiation began, it was so important to take the swelling of the burned tissue out to assist it again. She has been cancer free for 10 years and now has a beautiful 2-year-old son.

The physical work is so important to the body’s health and well being. What about the emotional body? Let’s not forget about all of the family and friends that share the fears and energy of the person who is diagnosed with cancer. Having cancer is a team effort.

Offering healing to the whole person and family is so important in the journey. Emotional support, nutrition, stress relief, and just plain nurturing need to be part of the healing. The process can rarely be done alone. I heard a story about a woman who had cancer. She saw an intuitive healer who told her that she needed to accept help. She had always been very selfless. She began accepting others help in her journey of cancer and the tumor shrank to the size of a pea. When she began to feel better she stopped accepting help and within a month, the tumor had re-grown and she died.

What are the life lessons we need to learn? It may be that we need to accept help and that we deserve to be loved. It may be that we must let go of the victim mentality. You ask about the person who is so full of love and they get cancer. Perhaps it is a gift from their higher self to their family or friends to help them heal something in their lifetime. Whatever the lesson, it needs to be looked at with love rather than fear and anger. Remember the phrase, ‘when someone gives you a lemon, make lemonade’.

Life is a path of learning and we choose which fork we walk. Each fork walked is a decision that will teach us a new lesson in life. We can choose to walk the path with love in our hearts or blame the world for the lemons it gives us. Forgive me if I stumble on my path. May I have the strength to get up, dust off, and continue on my journey.

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