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Cancer is the Symptom of Something Much Deeper…by Carol Patterson
Cancer is a disease which touches one in five people. The mysteries of the disease seem to evade even the most well-known oncologists. However, there are alternative cancer cures and holistic cancer cures that are able to rid the “dis-ease” from your body. Cancer can be cured by changing your lifestyle in such a way that you begin to live an “Anti-Cancer” lifestyle. A miracle cancer cure occurs “when you get your mind, body and spirit working in ‘sync’ with one another.”
I have developed an “Anti-Cancer Diet” comprised of cancer fighting foods which can be found on the shelves of the grocery store. All cells regenerate themselves constantly. Some cells die and new cells form. Cancer cells are missing two essential amino acids that normal cells have. When the diseased cancerous cells are fed foods which replenish the missing amino acids, a miracle occurs and the diseased cells morph themselves into healthy cells.
Changing your food is not the only change you need to make. Holistic Cancer Cures deal with the mind and how “Thoughts are things.” Since you have “thought yourself into illness” you can “think yourself into wellness.” This is not an easy concept to grasp at first, but when you take time to consider alternative cancer cures and alternative cancer therapy a new realization happens.
Our minds are quite complex. Research has shown that our minds hide subconscious thoughts that eat away at our bodies daily even as we sleep. It has been proven that outside influences such as a terrible shock, death, or even financial ruin can cause our minds to leave our immune system open to disease, particularly cancer. We are totally unaware of the goings on of the subconscious mind. Holistic Cancer Cures deal with bringing the subconscious threats to our healthy body, mind and spirit to the surface and allow the “destructive subconscious thoughts” to leave the body forever.
A combination of cancer fighting foods and the release of “dis-ease enabling thoughts” can lead to a natural cancer cure.
Before I had cancer I was an international fashion designer with a television show on Home Shopping Network and the Shopping Channel in Canada. I had several businesses and life seemed to be thriving.
I was engaged to be married to my business partner. While on a business trip to China, I tried to call home to my fiance. Call it woman’s intuition, but I had a very bad feeling. My feeling turned out to be justified. I received a call on my cell phone while in China from the Sheriff of my home town telling me that my fiance had died of a heart attack.
That news shook me to the core of my existence after I stopped screaming for hours.
I was an emotional mess filled with a combination of anger, rage and sadness. I hid the truth from family and friends because I wanted to bury him with honor. My prayers for a very happy marriage with family and friends were answered, but not the way I was expecting.
Within two years of my partner’s death, in May of 2007 I was diagnosed with throat cancer. The doctors were perplexed because I was not the typical profile of a person who gets this disease. They could not figure out how I got cancer.
I went to the University of Virginia for Chemotherapy and Radiation cancer treatment. I nearly died from treatments of this type as a cure for cancer. I lost 60 pounds, but the cancer was in remission.
With my immune system down, I contracted a very rare and painful amoeba in my eye that ate the cornea and blood vessels and I had a heart attack. I slowly recovered from both illnesses.
Within two years of the cancer remission, the same exact cancer returned. I kept getting slammed with one illness after another.
The second time I had cancer, the doctors decided to do surgery. They felt that Chemotherapy and Radiation had not worked. This time they would do “salvage surgery” which involved removing a part of my jaw, a part of my throat, a part of tongue, replace my neck artery with an artery from my right hand, take a patch of skin from my left shoulder to make a flap in my throat, insert a tracheotomy, and a stomach tube for the rest of my life.
I refused “salvage surgery”. The name justly fits the procedure. I did not want my face to be disfigured and my voice to be marred.
After long and hard thought, I turned to alternative cancer therapy to find a new cancer cure. I read where the body has extremely wonderful recuperative abilities and the power to heal itself. This is where my cancer journey began.
I was directed to a Naturopathic Doctor and began a regime of herbs and vitamins coupled with fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and fish.
I began reading everything I could find about miracle cancer cures, healing, alternative cancer cures, self-healing, natural cancer cures, alternative medicine, holistic cancer cures, meditation, visualization techniques and Reiki therapy. Believe me, this was a lot of work. I had stacks of books all over my bedroom. On the other hand, what was my alternative?
I had no choice but to take the road less traveled. I had come to what my intuitive healer calls the “Crossroads” of my healing. I had come to the end of what I would accept from standard medical procedures. After witnessing the death of several friends from cancer and I knew the scenario all too well. I chose quality of life over standard medical procedures.
My journey began with the three top Throat Cancer specialists in the country telling me the same diagnosis. The solution to my cancer problem, “Salvage Surgery” was not an option which I would allow for myself. At the same time, my inner-self was telling me to “go deeper” and “find a way to heal yourself of cancer.” I learned to listen to my “inner-self.”
An intuitive healer helped me to realize the shock of my fiance’s death and related childhood traumas had caused my cancer illness. She helped me to release the fact that I had been betrayed in what was to be a happy marriage time by my most-trusted friend. The intuitive healer showed me how our emotions influence our body, mind, and soul and that I needed to love myself and forget the past. I learned that Cancer is just the symptom of a deep emotional trauma which invades every level of the mind, causing illness. In my case, my emotions had caused cancer.
With the intuitive healer’s vast experience in dealing with cancer patients for over twenty years and her Reiki Training, I was in the hands of an Angel. Her intuition and wisdom surround you when you in her presence. She explained that “Life is like and Onion” peeling one layer at a time.
Release of heavy emotional trauma coupled with feeding the diseased cancer cells foods to supply missing essential amino acids resulted in a healthy mind, body and spirit as well as a cancer cure. I do not have cancer anymore and know in my heart that it will never again return to me.
I had a miracle cancer cure. There were many Angels sent to heal me when conventional medicine had all but given up on me. I hope I can be an Angel sent to other by teaching Holistic Cancer Cures and by sharing my miracle cancer cure experiences. Never forget the Power of God in your healing process.
Copyright 2010 Carol E. Patterson. All Rights Reserved.
Carol Patterson is a two-time cancer survivor, an international designer and author who regularly contributes articles and eBooks. Her new book “Cure Your ‘Self’ of Cancer” explains all of the alternative cancer treatments, natural cancer cures and holistic cancer cures which she used to heal her body of cancer.
She has done extensive research for the book and illustrates how cancer is caused one day at a time over many years and can be cured with some consistent simplistic modalities.
The author shows how cancer is the symptom of something much deeper and delves into the subconscious mind and holistic cancer cures in the section of the book entitled “the mind.”
MOST WOMEN WITH BREAST CANCER THINK ABOUT SURVIVAL……..BUT HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT SURVIVING SURVIVAL?
Life plays itself out like the Acts of an opera. There are several stages and as we live, we experience roller coasters of emotions; highs and lows, agonies and ecstasies, joys and sorrows to name but a few. Illnesses such as breast cancer tend to amplify these experiences and emotions; you have weathered many storms in life and have some how gotten through it all. Then you are diagnosed with breast cancer and the threat of losing your life can be the very instigator that helps you to find your life!
Women are now surviving longer with breast cancer, diagnosis has improved incredibly and medical treatments are becoming more streamlined. Integrative or complementary medicine also has had a part to play, and most people who experience breast cancer at some stage of their illness, will have used some aspect of complementary healthcare.
You may have learned about self-care, living your passion, been to a group, told your story to someone who really listened and you have survived thus far.*
Coping with breast cancer at just 29, Audrey Graves — a teacher at the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired — says her husband, son and her enduring sense of humor gave her the strength to deliver a knockout punch to the disease.
She Knows: How old were you when you were diagnosed? What was your initial reaction? How did your friends and family react?
Audrey Graves: At the age of 29, the last thing I expected was breast cancer. My initial reaction was confusion, shock and disbelief. When I found the small lump in my right breast, I was told not to worry because it was common for women to have lumpy breasts. I wanted to relax, but deep inside, I had a bad feeling about the lump. Even my doctor told me not to worry because he felt there was a 99 percent chance the lump was nothing.
After the biopsy, my doctor felt extremely guilty for putting me too much at ease (since the diagnosis did end up being cancer). I think that he was in as much shock as I was.
That night, I called my family and friends and received reactions of shock and disbelief. I never thought I would have to call my parents and tell them that I had cancer. However, the phone calls became almost therapeutic; having to say, “I have cancer,” over and over, almost made it easier to accept.
SheKnows: What kind of treatment options were you offered? What did you opt for? How did they affect you?
Audrey Graves: Since I was so young, my doctors recommended a very aggressive treatment plan.
I had to choose between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. I chose to have the bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction because I wanted to be aggressive with my treatment as well. During the mastectomy, I also had a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and one of my lymph nodes tested positive for cancer.
Three weeks after my mastectomy, I went back in for surgery to remove the remaining cancerous lymph nodes from my right arm. Over the next few months, I endured eight rounds of chemotherapy. Going through all of the surgeries and treatments helped me feel that I was doing something to stop this disease from taking over my body. When the treatments stopped, I was excited but a little nervous and anxious about getting back to my “normal” life. The surgeries and treatments were exhausting, but my inner drive kept me going day to day.
Battling the disease
SheKnows: What was your battle with cancer like? How did you feel emotionally and physically throughout?
Audrey Graves: My battle with cancer was very emotionally draining. Being diagnosed the day before my son’s first birthday really put things into perspective. Not being able to physically pick up my son for seven weeks post-surgery was absolute torture. Not being able to care for my son due to sickness and fatigue made me feel like a terrible mother. There was so much physical and emotional drain that I wondered if I would ever feel normal in my body and in my life ever again. As time passed, I was able to get back to my daily life.
SheKnows: What’s been most important in your fight against cancer? How did you get through it?
Audrey Graves: The most important aspects of my fight against cancer were the support of family and friends and maintaining a positive attitude. My husband was truly put to the “for better or for worse” test.
A lot of the drive that kept me going was looking into our son’s beautiful blue eyes, and thinking, “I will be here for your first day of kindergarten, your graduation and your wedding.” Ethan (our son) gave me the strength to keep going, even through the roughest days.
I also got through everything with a sense of humor. Instead of dwelling on the terrible parts of cancer, I chose to look at the “perks” of the disease: The ability to go through puberty again (only this time, I got to choose the size of my breasts); being able to try all of the short hairstyles that I never thought I could pull off; and having a hair-free body. How great!
Advice to others
SheKnows: What tips or suggestions would you offer people who have just been diagnosed with cancer or to those who are gearing up to battle the disease?
Audrey Graves: The first thing I suggest for newly diagnosed people is to get all of the information you can to help you make informed choices. You need to be able to advocate for yourself and do what is best for your body. Also, seek out the best doctors and make sure that you feel comfortable with them, because you will be spending a lot of time with them. Don’t be afraid to accept help. Your friends and family want to be there for you, so let them. Lastly, keep a positive attitude and a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine!
No longer is cancer a four-letter word spelling “doom.” Nor is it a five-letter word for “gloom.” Much progress has been made on treatments even in the last ten years. I should know: I have been a breast survivor since 1996.
If you are what I call a breast survivor, someone living with breast cancer regardless of how much breast tissue was taken, you may know that causes of the disease are multiple. Still, it is not uncommon for the breast survivor to point her finger at someone or something for her predicament. Many women will blame God, or a person, even herself. Passing through her mind are many possible causes, including pollution (think smog, pesticides, and Love Canal), faulty genes, the impersonal government, one’s spouse, a demanding boss, and undue stress.
This reaction is perfectly understandable, and is part of our human nature. Many if not all these explanations for my cancer went through my mind after diagnosis. Why not? They are in the popular and medical literature, and there are elements of truth to almost all. The real name of the game, however, is forgiveness, pure and simple.
Most of my life I have engaged in binge eating. Until I could release the guilt I harbored for this obsessive behavior, I couldn’t fully recover from my cancer diagnosis. During chemotherapy treatment I sought a counselor to help me flush out a deluge of conflicting emotions. Like a balm of Gilead, this therapy was instrumental in completing my healing. In reflecting upon my self-abuse, the counselor posed a series of questions: “Whom have you had to forgive in your life? Can God forgive you for things you have done? Is He beyond forgiveness?” These challenges to my psyche forced me to review all the behaviors for which God had forgiven me, not just compulsive indulgences like overeating.
As a breast survivor I listened to many thoughtless remarks over the course of my treatments. My temperature boiled over at unwanted advice by “well-meaning” medically uninformed friends. A few of those supposed friends practically ordered me to take their advice to “cure” my cancer and erase all traces of it from my life-or else face the fatal consequences. Others thought I shouldn’t endure any cancer treatment except surgery to remove the tumor. Shouldn’t I be relying on God rather than toxic chemicals to heal? If only I had that kind of faith, I would prosper.
My blood boiled at these caustic comments. “Whose cancer is it, anyway?” I wanted to retort.
I was also livid at the doctors for not telling me how to reduce my risk of lymphedema, a complication from surgery and radiation that I developed, causing my arm to swell. If only they had referred me to the National Lymphedema Network for advice.
But no matter the cause of my anger, I was determined to chuck my judgmentalism. Bearing resentment toward people who are clueless to the struggles of breast survivors will not solve any problems. Resentment will make our hearts harden like Plaster of Paris. Rather, we need to forgive those who’ve offended us and ask the Holy Spirit for apt words to counter unwise counsel from friends and ignorant physicians.
From time to time I examine my own heart to determine if I need to apologize to and seek forgiveness from others for the thoughtless words I have spoken to them. I have written letters to several people whom I have offended, asking for forgiveness. In only one case did I get a letter back. The important point is not that the person has now forgiven me, but that I have put my own mind at rest, knowing that I have sought forgiveness. When we seek forgiveness, a door will be opened to ease our minds, heal our wounded hearts.
We often bandy about the saying “forgive and forget.” With the help of long-term memory loss that I attribute to chemotherapy, it is not hard for me to forget most offenses. In fact, sometimes I don’t even recognize the person’s name from the past. If I don’t remember the name, how can I recall any wrong committed by that person? I reckon this is another one of those unique “blessings” bestowed upon breast survivors.
I am left with nothing but praise to God for revealing to me the true meaning of that other-worldly challenge we call forgiveness, which is certainly not a four-letter word in this breast survivor’s book.
A former attorney, Jan Hasak authored Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer (Xulon Press 2008). In this memoir she shares her long journey through two bouts with breast cancer.