The middle ground

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An article made the rounds on social media this week, especially in my alternative healing circles. Its headline made a sweeping generalization about deficiencies in chemotherapy and the article stirred up heated discussions all over social media.

I dove into the article (because the subject hits close to home for my treatment choices, especially) to learn more about the author’s perspective. I also sought counsel from those who understand these types of studies, I researched … and I learned.

I remembered again, with more clarity than ever deep in my heart and soul, that each of us are uniquely created and designed. There is a vast universe of healing choices and tools — some of which are great for some people, and some that are not.

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My Breast Cancer Healing & Prevention Protocol – Part 1

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I received an insightful question from a sweet friend recently, and my mind has been full of thoughts and ideas that I want to share with her.

I have been curious for a while, if/what has changed for you regarding your own perspective about [potential] factors you think contribute to developing breast cancer? I know you’ve read and read. I just never asked because I didn’t know if that was insensitive. Are there any other things you have stopped doing (or started doing) to proactively maintain your health that you would want to share?

Such a great (and daunting) question!

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May!

horse road

 

As I looked ahead to May, my mind and heart felt an incredible and unmistakable sense of beautiful unfolding … of LIFE! It was as if a curtain was lifted – April, which had been so heavy and dark with tests and unknowns and waiting and doctor appointments and agonizing decisions, was wrapping up. And May would be ushering in all kinds of goodness. I knew it deep inside.

This strong, lovely sense in my heart may have taken root in a conversation toward the end of April.

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The steady march of excruciatingly difficult decisions

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From the first moment after The Call came on January 8, 2016  – after I caught my breath and for every breath I’ve taken since, I’ve known for sure: this is my body and my healing path that I will walk out.  I will need to study and pray and seek and learn and be stretched and be torn and seek second and third opinions and ultimately, I will have to

make the hard decision.

I can look back over the last fifteen months and see, as if with mile markers in the road, the extraordinarily difficult decisions I made. Each one was a pivot, that shifted the course of my treatment and my life.

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my yoga practice

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I was just reminded how deeply refreshing my yoga practice can be.

In the midst of the late afternoon hustle at home and feeling scattered and unsettled, I decided to tuck away in my room and do the yoga that I’ve been putting on the back burner all week.

I’m so glad that I did.

As I moved through the motions, the fresh spring air from the opened windows blew in, and I was literally serenaded with the songs of the sweet birds outside my window.

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Anniversary getaway

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The timing was perfect.

We’d been ships passing in the night for what felt like too long, and the week leading up to our anniversary saw us sitting deep in an impasse, barely speaking. Relational rifts hit my heart and spirit deeply, and when they happen with my husband, I feel almost desperate for resolution and unity. Sometimes, though, I can feel my pride keeping my heart hard and my face turned away. It had been one of those weeks.

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