Breast Cancer Awareness or Healing Awareness?

A lot is made of October as breast cancer awareness month.  Why only breast cancer?  Why not cancer awareness month?

I started thinking how the language we use directs our focus.  What about a Healing Awareness Month?

I have been writing and speaking for years about breast cancer, and about cancer and disease in general, and doing whatever I can to bring people’s attention to a healing perspective.

Here’s an all too common and repeating scenario. I use the example of breast cancer but I could use any cancer or serious health concern.

A woman is found to have breast cancer.  Her initially response is shock, perhaps disbelief – ‘why me?  what did I do to deserve this?’

Her fear and stress rise as she reviews what she has heard about breast cancer – how common it is, how disfiguring and sickening the medical treatments are.  She fears the disease and she fears the treatment for it and she fears the consequences if she does not do the maximum medical therapy.  And she fears dying, and how devastating that would be for her, her family and loved ones.

This patient goes through treatment – surgery, chemo and radiation therapy and perhaps Tamoxifen.  In addition she meets with a naturopath and changes her diet and takes nutritional supplements.  She takes steps to reduce her stress with yoga, meditation and exercise.

She gets a good result.  And yet she remains in fear – fear that the cancer might recur.   Where is the peace?  Where is healing in this scenario?  It does not have to be this way.

What is missing in this approach is a full understanding that disease, such as breast cancer, is the result of an unconscious pattern of stress.  In other words, there is deeply buried emotional story that is in the background directing what is showing up physically.

The key to exposing and clearing this story is the woman herself.  Given support, she has the ability to bring awareness to her story and with understanding and compassion for all concerned, let it go and heal.

My message is as clear as I can make it – women with breast cancer do not have to fear the worst and stay in uncertainty.   They are their very own expert on their health care team and their very own healer.

Its time to heal breast cancer, not just try to survive it. 

Please contact me should you need more information or support.

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Late September sunset at Wickanninnish Beach, Vancouver Island


Resources - 

1)      DVD – Its Time to Heal Breast Cancer – going from surviving to healing”  Find out more and order here now. 

2)     Why Women Get Breast Cancer?”  on Youtube with Dr. Nelie Johnson   -  Note:  I discuss only ductal breast cancer. Glandular breast cancer behaves in the opposite way – shows up when the woman is in active conflict.  

Want to use this article in your ezine or website? You can, as long as you include this complete acknowledgment with it -  Dr. Nelie Johnson is a family physician and facilitator for healing – inspiring and guiding people to heal their life and heal their body.  She is a contributing author to a bestselling book and provides seminars, workshops, and private consultations.