If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s normal to feel panic and overwhelm, as well as massive confusion about what to do. But, do not lose hope! Cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence. Today, there are more options available than ever. Consider these below:
1. If your specialist is pressuring you into immediately doing surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation, press the pause button and get a second opinion. When my husband was going through cancer, we got rushed into doing surgery. Afterwards, they tried pushing even more surgeries and treatments that we didn’t want. So, we pursued two other medical opinions both of which provided new and better solutions. Our first doctor wanted to take out not only the tumor but also my husband’s whole bladder, and then his prostate. By consulting with other specialists, we found a better way: Non invasive, alternative therapies that led to my husband’s complete recovery in 10 months! He’s now been cancer free for a year and a half, and his bladder and prostate are healthy and intact. Give yourself every option and get more than one opinion– and consider a specialist who works in the field of alternative cancer treatments.
(Alternative therapies are non invasive, non toxic, pain free, and don’t get you sick to get you better. They treat the whole person- body, mind and spirit- and not just the tumor. They rebuild the immunes system so disease cannot find a foothold. For more info, please see my book Healed, Healthy and Whole, How We Beat Cancer with Integrative Therapies and Essential Healing Strategies.)
2. Change your diet immediately. You are not sick because you have cancer. You were already sick, that’s why you got cancer. Cancer is only a symptom of a deeper imbalance that’s led to a breakdown in your immune system. You can begin to repair it with proper nutrition. Your body has everything it needs to heal if you feed it the right way. Food is medicine. Please refer to my previous article “Beating Cancer and Staying Cancer Free” for details about the 80/20 diet. Follow it rigorously.
3. Detoxing spiritually, emotionally and physically is an essential part of getting well. Do a spiritual inventory and commit to resolving unhealed relational wounds. Let go of unforgiveness, unconfessed sin, guilt, shame, anger, etc. from your life. These are all stressors that can trigger disease – even cancer- and impede your healing.
Your body also has been impacted by many harmful toxins- heavy metals, antibiotics, fungi, viruses, bacteria- that must be flushed out. A daily regime of juicing raw organic vegetables and fruits, taking natural supplements and doing coffee enemas are an essential part of cleansing. Please refer to my article about “Coffee Detox” for more details.
4. Surround yourself with people who love you and have faith in your healing. Avoid anyone-especially doctors- who mock or dismiss that you can get well again. Some specialize in “fear marketing,” that is, frightening you into surgeries and treatments that may not be the best course of action. Walk away! You need support, gentleness, positive attitudes and helpful alternatives at at time like this.
5. Never give up! A cancer diagnosis is a terrifying one, but you can stay strong by choosing to believe in God’s goodness. God did not send or cause this cancer… He is not punishing you. Our environment is increasingly polluted, our food supply is tainted with unhealthy ingredients, mental and emotional stress wears us down, and our own bad eating habits all contribute to sickness and disease. Nevertheless, there are things we can control: We can make lifestyle choices that can reduce our cancer risk by up to 70 percent- and even reverse cancer! Keep your heart open to the One who can give you wisdom, direction and endurance as you move forward step by step.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
6. Exercise! Cancer hates oxygen and exercising oxygenates your cells, boosts your immune system and gives you energy. Check with your integrative specialist or oncologist as to what would be the best regime for you and keep your body moving!
7. If you are a person of faith, begin your mornings with quality time in the Word. God made the heavens and the earth, He controls all things, and He also made you! He knows about every detail of your life, so open your heart and mind and listen to Him! Study the Scriptures – spend time in the psalms. What promises is He giving you for this trial? Keep a journal, write these down, pray them back to Him, and believe them. He will direct your steps, keep you from costly mistakes and lead you to the wisest choices for your healing. If you are not a Christian, begin your mornings in quiet meditation, but call out to God for guidance and direction. He really is there and eager to help!
8. Begin a prayer or support group with people you can trust and be vulnerable with. God asks us to carry one another’s burdens and, during season of illness, it’s especially important to feel the care and support of others. Never isolate yourself- stay in community!