So you have been diagnosed with cancer, the dreaded C-Word and you never saw it coming, maybe uncle Joe but not you. You are young, You are doing everything right how can this be? All of the sudden FEAR takes over and your mind is fogged with confusion. Everyone around you is telling you… “You are going to be OK” but you must start treatment right away, no time to waste. You look into your doctor’s eyes and desperately seek HOPE, yes you want to believe everything is going to turn out well. Yet he can’t really tell you that but he can only share his knowledge about your cancer, stats and his experience. All of the sudden your world dramatically changes and you just really really HOPE it is just a nightmare from where you will wake up soon.
So you go home and it takes a few days for this new reality to kick in and everyone around you continues to tell you everything is going to be fine but you must submit to the recommended treatment options right away. It is CANCER and it can kill you. But you know better, you know what has happened to your cousin and your friend with cancer after their surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Your inner voice tells you NO.. You can not do this but yet EVERYONE around is telling otherwise. What do you do? Who do you listen to?
I can tell you I understand. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 1/2 years ago and I was terrified. I had been told what my options were and more less what to expect but yet no one could guarantee that cancer would not come back after treatment or explain why I had it to begin with. However, everyone around pressured me to make quick decisions about surgery dates and so on. I remember even the surgeon called a couple of times to make sure to get me in the calendar. Family members, of course, were really concerned as to why I wasn’t making a decision already. I knew my family and friends’ concerns came from a good place but I just couldn’t follow through with those options that were offered to me.
After much prayer and meditation, I chose to follow an alternative approach to healing and I embarked on a journey where Cancer had given me an opportunity to live again. I can not say I am completely cancer free just yet but I am definitely in a better place compared to how I was. I started a blog to share my story (look into my profile for link) my desire is that it will bring HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT to many people like you and me.
Please know that cancer did not grow over night and it is ok to take a bit of time to make decisions you are comfortable in following for your healing. I really encourage you to pray meditate and follow what you believe is Best for you despite what others say. Listen to your body, listen to your inner voice, healing begins within you.