Remember ‘terminal’ is nothing more than a relative term. Relative to who is saying it, as well as to what your perception of reality is. Which one of us can actually say when we are going to die? I’ve learned to live for now instead of for tomorrow, which allows me to actualise a reality that adds to the quality of the everyday ups and downs. The quality of my life has had less to do with what was going on around me, as it has had to do with how I evaluated it.
Cancer, as with any long-term illness, is by no means going to be easy. But who said life is meant to be easy? Retaining who I was and focusing on my quality of life in what ever I was going through at the time, was always what was important. Remembering I was always learning and my perceptions could just as much benefit me as hamper me. I have learned to come from the attitude of humility, that there is always something more to learn. Asking for advice, looking for the options, and as difficult as it can be sometimes, accepting support.
I firmly believe in, and continue to live, an integrated life style. I am not willing to exclude anything that might help. I go to traditional as well as non-traditional medical doctors for advice. I am open and honest with each, in order to give them insights into what I am doing, so that we can work together. When it comes to nutrition, as much as I already know, I am still learning. I read all I can on what is important to me, at the time, and yet, I remain open to explore new ideas, to remain flexible.
When I was working with the cancer, I believe it was the integration of traditional medicine with the visualisation, the nutrition, the exercise, the attitude, the support, the relaxation techniques and everything else, which somehow culminated in my survival.
Our lives are more than mere parts, we are the sum of the all that we do and all that we believe. Meaning everything in our lives affect everything in our lives.
Illness doesn’t make our living more significant, and yet surviving an illness seems to broaden our perspectives. With all that I went through there were no insignificant parts, there was not one gesture on any ones part that didn’t become part of my healing process. There is no one thing that brings on illness, as there is no one thing that will eradicate it. No one solution will solve all our problems as no one thing brought them on. Accepting the challenges life has to offer, doing it out of choice rather than out of the victim stance, and going forward.
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