My Journey through Cancer and Beyond

In 2005 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy, radiation therapy and a total hysterectomy as part of my treatment. I also did my own research into cancer nutrition and went on a course of vitamins and nutritional supplements, as well as changed my diet and began meditation. At that time my husband and I owned and operated a gym,and so I continued to teach Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi Classes. I ha d a very speedy recovery, going back to classes 3 weeks after my operation, and even taught Tai Chi and did hypnosis for some of the patients who were attending Radiation at the hospital where I had my treatment. in 2006 I was invited to be the Guest Speaker for the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life in Dubbo to an audience of over 1,000 people.

In 2008 a bone scan revealed a “Hot Spot” on one of my ribs below the wound site. 12 months later it was diagnosed as bone cancer by the Oncology Department. They recommended that I have a bone biopsy plus some chemotherapy. I thanked them for their diagnosis, and said that although that was their opinion, I didn’t have to agree with them, and in fact that I felt that  I was on top of it, as the symptoms had lessened. I also said that I didn’t think that having radioactive injections into my bloodstream every 3 or 6 months for the bone scan was a good idea, as that was a carcinogenic substance. Firstly the Oncologist asked if i was prepared to live with the consequences if  I came back in 6 month and it was all through my skeleton. They then agreed to let me monitor it myself but should I have any further pains to go and get a bones scan immediately. 6 months later the discomfort was hardly noticeable, and 12 months later on April 7th, 2010 I had another bone scan. The radiologist said he couldn’t fine the “hot spot”. It was gone! I went to see Oncology on April 14th 2010 and he was amazed. He asked me how I did it. I told him it was with Reiki, Self-Hypnosis & daily Meditation, as well as vitamins and “Floressence”, (also known as Cassie Tea). He agreed that it certainly was gone, and pronounced me as “cured”!

The Universe has a funny sense of humour! I had moved my Hypnosis and Reiki business to my current location in the main street of Dubbo and was helping so many people to change their lives that I was in high demand, and became so busy things started to get a little out of control. As well as the weekend Reiki workshops, I was working many days from 9am to 8pm without a break, and was booked out for weeks in advance. I was also helping to raise grandchildren and helping my husband in his business, so it was no real surprise that the Universe decided I needed some time out, even if I didn’t want to take it, because I didn’t want to let people down.

So, you guessed it, my breast cancer was back! I ended up having a double mastectomy and reconstruction on October 17th 2014, at Hunters Hill Private Hospital. I was up the next day and the doctors and nurses said they have never had another patient recover from such a huge 10 hour operation as well. I went home and got ack into my life, but the Universe wanted to make sure I really got the lesson this time, so the breast that have previously had radiation ended up with some skin necrosis and infection, which resulted in a skin graft on November 25th at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Again I have recovered amazingly fast, but know that there are personal changes I need to make if I want to continue to help others through my work, and my life. The breasts are to do with nurturing the self, rather than just everybody else. So this year it’s more about BALANCE and putting myself first, especially in my personal life. If I can o this, I will thrive and learn one of my main life lessons! This is always the callenge of the spiritual warrior. The battle with the self!

I know that the mind has a huge part to play in causing disease, and so I believe that if my mind can create it, then my mind can get rid of it! Miracles happen every day. Self-help expert Dr Deepak Chopra says that the miracles of yesterday have been proven by the science of today, and the miracles of today will be proven by the science of tomorrow- quantum physics!

Whatever the future holds, you can be sure I will continue to keep working to overcome obstacles, and learn the lessons of this lifetime. And as I learn, I will use the knowledge I gain to help others, so I’ll be kicking up my heals for years to come!

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