Working with women with breast cancer and ovarian cancer is an honor. Helping an individual to learn how to listen the wisdom of their body and to truly understand what their cancer is telling them is a discovery in itself. Our body holds our life story right down to the cellular level something we are not aware of.
So what does that mean? All of our emotional events that we experience in our lives from the time we are born are stored and held in our body. My sense is when we get overloaded with extreme emotional events something happens in the process that the body starts to sends us messages. Like most of us, we turn a blind eye or just do not pay attention until the pain or dis-ease in our body is too much to ignore. Then we seek medical help and we are given the news that we have cancer - we are stopped in our tracks. Many emotions will be experienced which is natural. If we look back on our emotional lives I imagine we may or may not realize what has happened to us. And sometimes we can see a connection.
According to Louise Hay when we have breast problems it may relate to the refusal to nourish the self, putting everyone else first, over-mothering, over-protection and overbearing attitudes. Cancer is referred to a deep hurt such as a longstanding resentment and/or deep secret or grief eating away at the self. I look at cancer as "eating away".
Importantly, we have to remember that cancer is not a sentence it is a word.
In conjunction with medical help that an individual is receiving I help them on their journey as I guide them to listen to their body as the body has a language of its own. There are moments that when we have cancer we do not feel comfortable talking to our family and/or friends of what you are feeling. That is where I help by providing a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environmental where you are able to lift the burden of all that is being experienced, felt, and the opportunity to say what needs to be said.
By helping women with cancer, I help them get off the emotional roller coaster ride. I provide them an opportunity to express their emotion in a supportive and healing environment where they can tell me things that they do not want to burden their family with. Importantly, I help them to be free in their body and less encumbered with their emotions and family.
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