Breast Cancer – How and Why?

I developed breast cancer five years ago and I knew it was a ‘wake up call’ for me to change my ways. I had spent most of my life focused on helping other people instead of first caring for myself by living in a way that is loving and honouring of me.

Focusing mainly on others proved to be detrimental to my own body. I had been disregarding of how I was living. By being constantly on the go, propelled by the nervous energy that seemed to be energizing but in fact was extremely exhaustive. At the time, I didn’t feel the degree to which I was exhausted and how tired I was as I hadn’t been focusing on how my body really felt.

Could it be that our body’s intelligence knows what is true and what is not and therefore brings to our awareness behaviours that do not support our health and wellbeing? Could it be that all illness and disease is our body’s way of healing aspects of ourselves that are not true? This is certainly my experience with breast cancer. Through cancer I have found out that my body had another reality about life.

So when a breast lump appeared ‘out of nowhere’ (that’s if I ignore my contributing lifestyle choices) I was shocked to say the least especially as I thought I lived a ‘healthy life’.

The reality is that our bodies hold our true intelligence. This intelligence comes from our body, which is a finely tuned instrument that knows it needs to be treated with delicateness. Every part of our body is in touch with every other part and each part plays a part in the whole. If one part is not able to play its part this has an effect on the whole which has to compensate in other ways or send more energy to the misaligned part. This is the beginning of disharmony in our body that can lead to pain, illness and disease.

I have come to understand that what contributed to my breast cancer was my lack of self nurturing, self care and self love. As a mother my main focus was nurturing my children (and others too). But what later dawned on me, was how could I truly nurture others if I didn’t know how to nurture myself first.

This understanding was just the beginning of opening up a whole new world about my body and how to truly treat it as the delicate and precious vehicle that it is.

I have come to understand a bigger picture about illness and disease and that even through pain and suffering (although this is not something one would wish upon anyone) we do have an opportunity to stop and re-assess our habits, food and lifestyle choices.

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Susan Wilson, 2016

From my experience, I learned to trust my intuitive wisdom, follow my heart and always be open with all practitioners especially doctors, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists about the cause of the cancer. What I shared with them was how I was responsible for everything that was occurring to me, and the fact that the cancer was offering a healing for my body.

Some of these professionals were shocked that I could be taking responsibility for the cancer and that I knew it was because of the way I had been living. However, there were those who recognized what I was saying to be the truth and that questioning our way of life could be the answer to most illness and diseases. By re-assessing our habits, food and lifestyle choices, ideals and beliefs we can all make a difference in our lives.

My lifestyle choices have returned to making sure I am self-loving, self-nurturing and having a deep regard for my body by listening to its signals and wisdom and moving in respect to its preciousness and delicateness. We are finely tuned instruments and are to be treated with kid gloves.

This is the gift, the how and why, I found in breast cancer – the knowing that my illness was an opportunity to come back to myself and my own body and to take deep care of it and that it offered a profound healing on many levels. 

By Susan Wilson, Albury, NSW, Australia

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387 thoughts on “Breast Cancer – How and Why?

  1. All illness and disease is an opportunity to grow, part of our problem with how we deal with illness is the fact we still see it as the enemy.

  2. There is always a bigger picture to illness and disease, when we understand this we can surrender into the healing that is forever on offer.

  3. Working in one of the UK’s busiest and largest hospital I notice there are quotes around the building. Susan I would love to see this quote in large letters written for all to see in the hospital.

    “I have come to understand a bigger picture about illness and disease and that even through pain and suffering (although this is not something one would wish upon anyone) we do have an opportunity to stop and re-assess our habits, food and lifestyle choices”

  4. I love it when women are so open like this, we all get to learn when one is willing to take responsibility it acts as a beacon for us all.

  5. I would say yes to this
    “Could it be that our body’s intelligence knows what is true and what is not and therefore brings to our awareness behaviours that do not support our health and wellbeing?”
    I also know that our bodies give us lots of warnings that it is living in disharmony, from my experience our bodies do not like stress and nervous tension as it puts a huge strain on it and it has to work much harder which is why we are so exhausted and why we crave stimulants to keep the body going which masks for a while the exhaustion our bodies are feeling.

  6. “So when a breast lump appeared ‘out of nowhere’ (that’s if I ignore my contributing lifestyle choices) I was shocked to say the least especially as I thought I lived a ‘healthy life’.”
    The amazing thing about illness and disease is that it shows us where we have not been living true, it is no longer hidden – when out and diagnosed it allows us the space to truly feel what is going on, and what behaviour/ emotions have contributed.

  7. So many people describe their experience of cancer as being a “wake up call”. Illness and disease therefore is never a punishment but a correction and an opportunity to heal far more than the disease itself.

  8. When we see illness and disease as the wake up call it is we can work with it, not as an enemy but as a loving teacher showing us where we have lived less then love.

  9. ‘However, there were those who recognized what I was saying to be the truth and that questioning our way of life could be the answer to most illness and diseases.’ It is great that you are having these conversations with the health professionals that you are coming into contact and offering a different response to a diagnosis of cancer.

  10. Susan it is deeply inspiring to read of your healing journey following the diagnosis of breast cancer in your body. From my own experience I feel our healing journey commences with the acceptance of our part in the creation of our illnesses and diseases.

    1. Without acceptance of our role in creating the illness or disease, it is difficult to change the energy we chose or are choosing, that led to the behaviour that caused the illness in the first place. And so any solution is likely to be a temporary fix, until we’re prepared to go deeper and address the cause.

  11. “I have come to understand that what contributed to my breast cancer was my lack of self nurturing, self care and self love.” This is a very confirming understanding of when we ask ‘Why did this happen to me?’

  12. The fact that you took this as an opportunity to heal is a great testimony to the education that you have received, which seems to have encouraged a whole body intelligence.

  13. This is wonderful to read about how you are looking after yourself now, ‘My lifestyle choices have returned to making sure I am self-loving, self-nurturing and having a deep regard for my body by listening to its signals and wisdom and moving in respect to its preciousness and delicateness.’

  14. Taking stock of our lives regularly is very beneficial to reflect and consider how we are truly feeling in our body and assess whether the way in which we are living and our lifestyle choices are harmonious and nurturing or if we need to refine our choices to align more with our body’s natural rhythm and flow. If we build a foundation of true self-care we are able to clear from our body what is not true.

  15. To complement the understanding that illness and disease is a healing, I find it necessary to include awareness of reincarnation too. It’s an obvious thing to say of course, but people die from cancer and so it can be hard to perceive it as a healing, unless we do reincarnate or have another life to live to move on to. If we believe we just get one shot at this life and it can end with cancer then it is a harsh view of ‘reality’. Personally, I feel that reincarnation is a fact and that yes, we heal through illness and disease – and sometimes even through dying.

  16. The things that can be the most challenging to heal are those behaviours we consider to be ‘good’ or ‘right’. I have had a lot of ideals about love and family and what that looks like, i.e., such as putting others before myself and that this equals something good, if not love. But the reality is my behaviours related to this have been so harmful for my body, and that’s where the simplicity of the body’s intelligence comes in, it cuts through all the beliefs and ideals we hold in our mind to show the truth of how any one behaviour truly is. Letting go of those ways of being and daily choices takes time but the body is a solid friend throughout showing me over and over again what the truth is. If it hurts the body it’s not a truthful or loving way of being, no matter how ‘right’ or ‘good’ it seems to my mind.

  17. Awesome how you shared with all the practitioners, nurses and doctors who looked after you that you knew the illness had happened because of your own choices and how you’d been living. These are the kinds of conversations that we all need to be having in our every day, daily life, not just confined to the hospital, and not just when we’re the one with a disease.

    1. So true Bryony it is only when these conversations become more mainstream that taking responsibility for our lifestyle choices could become the norm.

  18. “Through cancer I have found out that my body had another reality about life.” Such a beautiful line. Our mind is really good at having its own plans and ideas of what we need to do and also about how we are living and if this is healthy or not. Yet underneath that all we have a body who registers all we do and if it is truly supportive or not regardless of what we are thinking. It is beautiful to come back to the honesty and register this fact.

  19. True inspiration is when we live responsibly, when we take responsibility for everything that happens to us including when illness and disease shows up in our lives. How can we listen to another when what they are presenting is not what they are living? The loving choices I make in my livingness without perfection inspires another otherwise I am preaching and preaching is imposing fuelled by words that are empty.

  20. Very inspirational Susan that you asked yourself what there was to learn from your diagnosis of cancer instead of falling victim to the disease.

  21. How many of us have been taught that we have to be there for others first, only to learn the hard way that this not true, ‘I had spent most of my life focused on helping other people instead of first caring for myself by living in a way that is loving and honouring of me.’

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