Last spring when I took a sabbatical from work for my “own deep healing,” I found it curious that none of my clients questioned me about it. Actually, it was a huge relief that almost no one mentioned it, because I wasn’t ready to discuss what felt all too raw. But now, I feel the need to share this piece of myself with you – both because I believe in the healing power of truth, and also because I know that it will help other women who find themselves in the same predicament somewhere down the line. The healing journey that I’ve been traveling on since last February, first began when I learned that I had Breast Cancer. I know, I know!!! Take a minute and catch your breath…. Those two words land with such a loud THUD! Definitely shocking, right?!?!
Can you imagine how I felt? I had been on a healing path – emotionally, physically and spiritually, since I was 18 years old. I’d been doing yoga and meditation for 25 years, took dance class on Saturdays, went to the gym weekly. I’d been eating organic food forever, cooking for myself and my family, had a high-quality water filter for years, took specifically prescribed supplements and herbs (based on specialized blood tests), was gluten-free for 15 years, used only natural cleaning products and beauty products. I had a husband that loved and supported me (after years and years of working through my deep-seated issues with men and intimacy), and a fabulous child that I adored and loved mothering. I barely drank alcohol…. Me????? Really?!?! And, I’d devoted my entire life to helping women to heal and grow. Really??????
The day that I found out was February 14th, and as my fate would have it, I was the one who “mistakenly” received my mammogram result before my gynecologist or any other doctor. The study clearly spelled out the diagnosis – I’d been reading mammogram results in my gynecology practice long enough to know exactly what it meant.
There are few words in the English language that evoke such an immediate and visceral FEAR RESPONSE as the word CANCER. Trust me when I say that nothing has brought me to the point of sheer terror more than learning that I had Breast Cancer. It certainly didn’t help that one of my oldest friends was in the throws of Stage 4 Breast Cancer at the time. I knew what this scenario looked like up close, and it set the tone for the diagnosis that I was now dealing with.
What saved me and stabilized me in those first terrifying moments and the days that followed was the inner knowledge that this diagnosis had deep meaning and purpose in that it would ultimately help other women. I knew this so solidly in my heart, because I had spent a lifetime helping other women to grow and to heal. And my gift for being able to do so grew solely out of my own strenuous healing journey, full of physical and emotional health challenges including Bulimia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – ailments that conventional medicine had no idea how to deal with at the time. Learning how to heal myself every step along the way is what ushered me into the gift of healing – both for myself and then in turn, bringing that gift to the women that crossed my path. I also knew that this very gift was the thing that was going to save my ass now – when I was being called into the biggest healing journey of my life!
After my surgery and learning that the tumor was stage 1, I felt that my healing was as much (if not more) about my spiritual and emotional health, as much as any steps that I could take to ensure my physical well-being. This is the work that I have been involved with in the past year – to learn about what really wakes up the deepest recesses of my soul and teaches it to sing. It has also been a journey of becoming intimately connected with my own intuition and guidance in order to follow the path that will lead me to true health on every level.
And so I want to shout from the rooftops – a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all the brave women who have walked this road before me, and gave me the courage and fortitude during the most harrowing hours. And I want to thank YOU, the women of the Natural Healing for Women community who have inspired me deeply in your own healing journeys over the years. I have so much gratitude for the work that I’m engaged in every week, helping women to heal their bodies, and in turn, coming more deeply in touch with who they truly are. I look forward to sharing more and more of what I’ve been discovering with all of you as this journey continues. It is in the sharing of this wisdom and knowledge that I find within myself, that I derive joy and gratitude for the simple gift of being alive, and free to create a life of health and happiness in this blessed moment in time.
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Remember, the body, in all her wisdom, has a perfect way of announcing her needs, and not letting us wait, even when we’d rather ignore our symptoms indefinitely! Learning to hear what our bodies are trying to teach us through their subtle (and not so subtle!) messages is the path back to our true selves.