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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The steady march of excruciatingly difficult decisions

coast

 

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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pampering

Post 2 - a friend to me

 

I was on the phone with my mom tonight, sharing (rapturously) about my time at the sauna today. She knows, and heard again this evening, just how powerful and impactful and refreshing my weekly sauna time has become.

One of the absolute highlights of my week, I told her. Every time I leave, I feel energized and nourished in ways I couldn’t have expected. Read more