I am a two-time breast cancer survivor. My journey over the last five years has taken me down many roads. After my first diagnosis in 2008, I was determined to live a healthier lifestyle and transform my body. I did that by losing 70 lbs. and I’ve never felt better! This was accomplished by taking advantage of the programs offered through the Healing Consciousness Foundation, founded by Dr. Beth DuPree and offered through Holy Redeemer Hospital’s Breast Health Program. I participated in the Healthy Cooking Classes and also joined the VMS Thriver Exercise program.
I was on top of the world when breast cancer struck again in 2010. My journey started all over; this time it hit me hard on an emotional level. I could not let go of the fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis it consumed me from head to toe. It was all I thought about every waking moment. I got through my journey this second time around with different types of healing modalities.
• Spiritual Healer Mary Lou Gilmour helped me find peace and a sense of calm that was necessary to fight by battle the second time.
• Being part of a weekend Healing Retreat allowed me to come to terms with my fear. I wanted to “LIVE” not just exist. I learned techniques that weekend that have helped me to cope with the fear of a cancer diagnosis; it was just what I needed.
• Continuing the work of the Healing Retreat though Create Your Life, a one year program, really helped me to move on. The leaders and participants were international, so we had meetings by Skype and worked on different techniques to help us move on and create a new life beyond cancer. It was during the participation of the Create Your Life program that I discovered healing through nutrition and lifestyle.
• I am on a different journey now; one to help others to heal and find wellness through healthy lifestyles.
My second cancer journey has brought me to a place of wellness not just for my body, but my mind and soul as well. I have refocused my life; it is not about having cancer it is about being a WELLNESS WARRIOR!
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