If I told you that it’s possible to be well and have cancer, what would you say? In fact, some of the healthiest, most vibrant, enthusiastic, and energetic people I know have cancer.
With a cancer diagnosis there comes fear. Overwhelming, suffocating, blinding fear. And that’s ok. It’s normal. But after some time to digest the news – it’s important to move thru the fear and turn your attention to what you can do to improve your situation and live the life you want.
I have had the pleasure of meeting brave and stunning souls. Many of whom have faced the life they were given (and sometimes the death) with courage beyond what I thought humanly possibly.
One of the most powerful statements I have heard was from an inspiring 35 year old female patient who was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a devastating diagnosis and would require aggressive treatment. After a few weeks of working together, she said the following, and it has stuck with me ever since:
“Cancer has given me permission to be the person I want to be.”
In an otherwise awful situation, she found opportunity. She started to create the life she had always wanted. (She is now 1 year cancer free and has started her own business doing the work she loves).
For some people it takes a life threatening diagnosis to make big changes.
There’s a lot of evidence to support the benefits of mindfulness, of being present. If nothing else, a cancer diagnosis can catapult a person into the present moment. Things that once seemed important become trivial and things we might have once ignored come clear into focus.
I think there are worse things then getting a shove towards being your authentic self.
When a person with cancer chooses to live in a way that reflects their highest self, healing will always happen. It may or may not mean cure, but healing is where the real magic is.