Living Simply with Cancer
What can I do to help
The Vanishing Freckle
'Leaky' the Sheep
||A Personal Experience
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
- The Decision to Undertake Chemo & Radiotherapy
||Creating the 'healing'
- Four key areas
||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
- A Typical Daily Diet
||Meditation (The power of a
- The 'Monkey Mind'
- Just How Powerful is Our Mind?
- Creative Visualisation
- The Vanishing Freckle
- The Greatest Test
- Getting Started
- Guided Meditation
- 'Mis'-Guided Meditation
||Physical Fitness (The Outer
||Spiritual (A Higher Power)
- The emotional connection
||Reiki - Ancient art of energy
- A Brief History
- Our first 'Reiki' experience
- A note about Selenium
||Sources and References
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
- 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
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
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
So during each meditation, I would visualize my
white cells of the immune system coming up and 'massaging away' this
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.
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
'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