Living Simply with Cancer
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What can I do to help myself
The Vanishing Freckle
'Leaky' the Sheep
The Emotional Connection

Contents

     Foreword    2
    Acknowledgement   4
Chapter 1   Introduction   6
Chapter 2   A Personal Experience   9
Chapter 3   What can I do to help myself?
   - Getting started
   - Your relationship with the oncologist
   - Someone to talk with
   - Cancer, stress and the immune system
   - The Carer, a spouse's perspective
   - A mother's experience
   - Feeling for the Family
   - Men are not Mountains
  12
 
Chapter 4   Conventional Treatments
   - Chemotherapy
   - Radiotherapy
   - The Decision to Undertake Chemo & Radiotherapy
  26
 
Chapter 5   Creating the 'healing' environment
   - Four key areas
  32
Chapter 6   Diet (Inner Body Function)
   - What Foods are Best
   - Potassium & Sodium
   - What Foods to Consume
   - A Choice to Make
   - A Special Look at Juicing
   - What Juices are Best
   - How to Make Fresh Juices
   - Body Cleansing Programme
   - Juices - Other Combinations
   - Juices - For Specific Disorders
   - Fruits
   - A Typical Daily Diet
  35
Chapter 7   Meditation (The power of a peaceful mind)
   - The 'Monkey Mind'
   - Just How Powerful is Our Mind?
   - Creative Visualisation
   - The Vanishing Freckle
   - The Greatest Test
   - Getting Started
   - Guided Meditation
   - 'Mis'-Guided Meditation
   -
Transcendental Meditation (T.M.)
  60
 
Chapter 8   Physical Fitness (The Outer Body)   73
Chapter 9   Spiritual (A Higher Power)
   - The emotional connection
  76
Chapter 10   Reiki - Ancient art of energy transfer
   - A Brief History
   - Our first 'Reiki' experience
  78
Chapter 11   Vitamins
   - A note about Selenium
  82
Chapter 12   Looking ahead   85
Chapter 13   Sources and References   88


Chapter 3, Page 12

What Can I do to Help Myself?

One of the worst feelings about being diagnosed with cancer is the complete sense of helplessness, anger and fear. 

Questions thrash around the mind, seemingly out of control:

  • Why me?
  • Will I die soon?
  • What about my family, my job?
  • What are these treatments?
    - chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Will I get even sicker?
  • What can I do to help myself?
  • Who can I turn to?
  • How will my friends and employer react?

"Doctors, and in particular oncologists, because of their type of work, generally believe that they cannot be in the 'hope' business. Accordingly they are often seen by cancer patients as cold, uncaring and most unsympathetic.

This, combined with the apparent belief by many cancer specialists and doctors that there is nothing a cancer patient can do other than to present their diseased body for treatment, leads a patient to often experience extreme helplessness and fear.

Therefore, the first thing in dealing with cancer is to understand and believe that:

I CAN help myself to provide the best chance of recovery and to achieve an overall improvement in the quality of my life.



Chapter 7, Page 64

The Vanishing Freckle

The following brief story perhaps helps to illustrate the potential power of the mind.

All my life, I had a dark brown birthmark in the form of a 'Hutchinson' freckle (about the size of a ten-cent piece) just near the front and middle of my lower neck where the two collar bones meet.

Over the years, various doctors had examined this 'Hutchinson' freckle to ensure that it was not growing or becoming larger. It never did change in colour and remained dormant.

After commencing meditation, I decided to focus on this freckle for no other reason other than to practice my creative visualization.

So during each meditation, I would visualize my white cells of the immune system coming up and 'massaging away' this brown mark.

I felt I had become quite good at the technique and one morning, while standing in the bathroom cleaning my teeth, I looked into the mirror and couldn't believe my eyes… the entire freckle was gone. In disbelief, I called my wife Katherine and asked if she though my 'Hutchinson' freckle was getting smaller.

She looked at my neck area, then with a bewildered looks said, 'Where is it? Its not there?'

After 40 plus years, the freckle was gone.

A week later, I visited my dermatologist and he too was (very) surprised to see what had happened. But like most doctors, there has to be a medical reason behind everything.

His explanation was that 'on occasions, the immune system can attack foreign objects such as tumors, and my case, a 'Hutchinson' freckle - reducing or eliminating them completely'.

This, no doubt, is probably true but I was left wondering what stimulated the white cells to do this?

While I cannot conclusively say it was the meditation and creative visualization that eliminated the freckle, I have no doubt in my mind as to what was the driving force that stimulated the immune system to bring about this 'small miracle'!

Chapter 7, Page 70

'Leaky' the Sheep

Meditation can also bring some very special moments, and such a moment occurred recently while Katherine and I were visiting a farm (some 200km south of Perth) owned by friends Geoff and Ronnie Willis.

On the first morning I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather - cool and clear - and meditate on a ridge overlooking a small lake and stream.

It was 5.30am and I found a nice large stone upon which to sit. As the sun made its appearance over the distant hill I commenced what was going to be a very peaceful meditation. Cartoon of Leaky Meditating

Ten minutes later, with eyes closed and my mind in a still and quiet state, I became aware of a 'presence' very close to me. A short time later the feeling became so strong I slowly turned my head towards the 'presence' and opened my eyes only to find myself nose to nose with a very large sheep (ram).

Refusing to be flustered, I quietly looked into those big dark eyes and  took the only course of action available...

'Excuse me' I quietly said feeling rather stupid, 'go away as I am meditating!'

Well, the sheep (whose name was later revealed as 'Leaky' - due to a urinary infection!) didn't go away, preferring to share my meditation and the peaceful energy that was surrounding us.

I must say, that the breath of an Australian sheep is not something I would get excited about!

 

Chapter 9, Page 77

'The Emotional Connection'

As occurred in my own life, I believe that placing unrealistically high expectations upon one's self, combined with a deep-seated need to please everyone, creates an environment whereby the body and soul begins to look for a socially acceptable way out of this unwinnable game!

Anger, hurt and bitterness can also cause great damage and create a dangerous 'mind-set' along with the considerable unhappiness and sense of being alone. Many cancer patients with whom I have associated, have benefited enormously from having worked the rough a process of learning how to love themselves first and then introduce the concept that 'I'm OK'.

In creating a holistic approach to your recovery from cancer it is most important to consider these issues. This can often be difficult to do and therefore counseling can often be very helpful. Emotional issues, should, however, be faced as the other forms of healing, to which I have already referred, can only be fully effective when they work in synergy with emotional healing.

Dr. Daniel Benor in a recent address had this to say, "Healing is the ability to let out anger and negativity but at the same time to forgive and accept the inevitable frailties of others, and even more difficult, of one's self.'

I urge you to read this statement again for it is indeed profound.

   
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