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.
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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