Making Healing Choices
Because every person is different – we come from different families, we have different ways of coping with life, different belief systems, different spiritual beliefs, different experiences, emotions and fears — all of this makes us who we are and directly affects how we make healing choices when dealing with a disease such as breast cancer.
One Size Does Not Fit All
I also feel that that very difference between each of us means that not one size fits all with regard to medical treatments, both conventional and alternative/complementary. It is because each person is so unique that I feel medicine in the future will stop throwing the exact same therapies at each of us to help us heal from breast cancer.
We have already seen a leaning toward that future of medicine with chemosensitivity testing, although it is currently more prevalent in EU countries than here in the US.
Being a natural therapist, I needed to be able to make my healing choices from a combination of both conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine. I was able to choose each modality and combine them to help me get to that healing place quickly and because I had the breast cancer background already (having gone through it with both grandmother and mother) and had studied it so intensively, I felt very blessed and fortunate to have those healing choices.
I believe it’s important to honor the wellness choices every person makes and to respect their religious and spiritual beliefs, even if they are quite different from our own. Many doctors don’t take these important differences into consideration though – some act absolutely outrageously if one of us doesn’t follow their recommendations to the finest detail.
What Are They Thinking?
My own very good oncologist, although baffled at me sometimes, respected my decisions and did his level best not to say things like “You’ll come to regret that decision” or “Well, if you get it back again, don’t expect me to treat you.” Amazingly, other cancer patients hear those statements all too frequently.
One of my subscribers was told by her oncologist that she was a “dead woman walking”. That kind of negative, defeating statement fills me with rage!
It’s a pity that so many treatment providers tend to believe that the therapies they offer are the ONLY ones that should be considered. I know they do their best, but what I’ve discovered is that the answers to healing come from many different directions.
It is so very important to have doctors and natural therapists that really hear you, respect you as a separate human being, and treat you accordingly.
Trusting Our Inner Wisdom
We need to trust our inner wisdom with any healing choices. Pay attention to your differences and make the best choice for you. This is your journey and your body and you have every right to choose what happens. Choice may be the only true power that we have during this difficult journey with breast cancer.
Can I Help You?
If I can help you on your path, I’m honored to do so. I have years and years of experience with breast cancer, going through it with my mother, myself in 2004, and with dozens of coaching clients. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (Marnie Clark Breast Health Coach) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey. I also having coaching available to you, as well as How-To Courses. Lastly I’d like to share this quote from Buddha (this also appears on my “How I Can Help” page):
“Don’t blindly believe what I say. Don’t believe me because others convince you of my words. Don’t believe anything you see, read, or hear from others, whether of authority, religious teachers or texts. Don’t rely on logic alone, nor speculation. Don’t infer or be deceived by appearances. Do not give up your authority and follow blindly the will of others. This way will only lead to delusion. Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself, give up the bad and embrace the good.”