barbgrover

Birth Year 1961
Gender Female
Country United States
Please summarize your healing story in 100 words or less Seven days after my diagnosis I was on long-planned vacation with family. We were in a lodge in the Amazon basin run by and indigenous tribe. When they learned of my cancer, they gifted me several spiritual experiences including a visit with a shaman. This was the beginning of a spiritual journey that I can only describe as miraculous. I arrived home and began treatment feeling no fear, and knowing so much peace and happiness. I further developed my spiritual practices through meditation and qigong. Additionally, I rode my bike to work every day (except the 2 weeks after surgery).

Health Challenge

What is/was your primary health challenge?

Cancer

Type of cancer

Breast

Highest stage of cancer

3

Year diagnosed

2014

Current health status

No evidence of disease

Year you healed or became stable

2014

Type of Healing

I used conventional and non-conventional treatments at the same time to overcome my challenge.

How was your health challenge diagnosed?

Biopsy or Pathology Report

Treatment

Check any conventional treatments you've tried for your health challenge:

Chemotherapy

Check any of the 9 Radical Remission factors you've tried:

Diet Change, Herbs & Supplements, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection

Check any other alternative treatments you've tried:

Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise

Story

Briefly describe your diagnosis method and conventional treatments, including their timing. Did they help at all?

Diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer on 1/6/14 including two tumors (one about 4cm) in my breast as well as in lymph nodes. Underwent chemo (4 different drugs) and then surgery. Post surgical results on 7/1/14 found a complete response and no sign of cancer. I believe these treatments contributed but I don't believe they explain my complete response as it was was fairly extreme and according to doctors fairly unusual.

Please tell us your healing story in as much detail as you would like:

I believe my healing was due in part creating and maintaining a positive attitude and in addressing a spiritual void in my life. I set ground rules of not becoming a victim and not creating drama. I stayed active physically and I worked every day. Work gave me purpose and meaning.

Spiritual Growth was very important to me through this time. By chance I was landed in the Amazon only a week after my diagnosis and the indigenous tribe there gifted me with spiritual guidance. During a ceremony in the Amazon, I let go of past pain and anger, anguish and resentment, in a way that I have never done. I found myself letting go of emotions so fully that I was at peace like never before. After the ceremony, I felt only love and gratitude and a remarkable sense of peace and calm.After returning home I meditated and practiced qigong to build a spiritual practice. I felt and meditated on gratitude and felt it so deeply everyday. That transformed my treatment months into a sacred time. Rather than suffering, I found myself feeling whole and grateful.

While I'd had a good diet before diagnosis, it was supplemented by daily servings of fresh green juice.

Update as of April 2020:

I continue to build my meditation practise and have added a regular compassion practice (known as Loving-kindness or metta in Buddhism) and attend meditation retreats as my work schedule allows. Additionally, I still maintain a very healthy diet - high in whole, organic vegetables and low in sugar - and remain physically and intellectually active. I'd also note that I continue to expand upon the pain management techniques I started learning with my treatment - mainly the double mastectomy where I chose not to have any pain meds (during or after surgery). I'd practiced those techniques with the chemo and so didn't need the pain meds during recovery from surgery...with the exception of the two Tylenol I took when I got back on my bike 2 weeks after the surgery (yes, with my Dr's approval). I've had a couple of injuries since (normal sports stuff) and have weathered them more easily due to what I learned. I continue to learn more about this and how to apply it to different situations for both physical and emotional pain.

I continue to live as much as possible: rock climbing, traveling, learning new skills. I have little patience for putting things off or making excuses. If there's something/somewhere that draws my interest, I take action and pursue it. I've also served as a mentor to several other breast cancer patients and found additional growth and learning through those experiences.

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of May 2022 Barb continues to thrive in health. Here is an update from her:

I remain physically active and am looking forward to a summer of climbing, backpacking, hiking, and bicycling. I had an injury last summer (while saving a drunk driver from drowning)  that required several diagnostic scans. Besides the injury, no irregularities were seen. So, I'm confident that I'm still cancer free. I continue to work on my personal and spiritual growth, and find purpose and meaning in my work. Compassion practice continues to challenge me as I dive deeper into uncover areas where I might improve. I lost one of my friends to metastatic breast cancer last summer, and a second friend is currently facing that challenge. Both of these remarkable women have taught me so much about compassion, love, and life. Watching these two, I continue to believe that facing cancer is a sacred path, but I guess I believe all of life's challenges can be, as any difficulty is an opportunity to pay attention to what is most important. Gratitude still plays an important role in my life. I don't take any day for granted. Each morning I am grateful for another day and am grateful for all of the experiences that come my way (easy or hard as they may be).

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