Sylvie

Birth Year 1962
Gender Female
Country Canada
Please summarize your healing story in 100 words or less I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, at a time when the pressures in many areas of my life were creating tremendous stress and when I most felt out of balance. Because I already knew quite a bit about the body mind connection and truly believed that the body has the innate capacity to heal itself when given the right tools and conditions, I did a LOT of research, followed my intuition and embarked on what I like to call a great healing adventure! I have been cancer free since 2014, but the journey is ongoing and I now have much to share and contribute.
Last Updated May 8, 2020

Health Challenge

What is/was your primary health challenge?

Cancer

Type of cancer

Breast

Can you be more specific?

Invasive lobular carcinoma

Highest stage of cancer

2

Year diagnosed

2007

Current health status

No evidence of disease

Year you healed or became stable

2014

Type of Healing

I never used ANY conventional medical treatment and yet still healed.

How was your health challenge diagnosed?

Biopsy or Pathology Report

Treatment

Do you ever plan to try conventional medicine?

Only if absolutely necessary

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

Diet Change, Herbs & Supplements, Increasing Positive Emotions, Releasing Suppressed Emotions, Following Your Intuition, Deepening Your Spiritual Connection, Increasing Social Support, Finding Strong Reasons for Living, Taking Control of Your Health

Check any other alternative treatments you've tried:

Energy Healing (e.g., acupuncture, reiki, kinesiology, etc), Exercise, I.V. infusions (please specify in your healing story), Massage, Sleep (getting more of it)

Story

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

The breast cancer was diagnosed through a biopsy after the results of a mammography. The day the cancer was confirmed, the surgeon urged me to have a complete mastectomy of my left breast. She wanted the surgery to take place one week later, but I postponed it a few weeks wanting to first do research. I ended up cancelling it altogether after I found protocols that were better suited for me. I have from time to time done some tests and screening. The last time I saw a breast cancer surgeon (because I thought it would be a good thing to keep myself in the loop and be monitored by conventional medicine), she told me that it did not matter what course of action I followed; that the only sure thing was that one day the cancer would take control of my body. She gave me about 6 months for that to happen. It was back in September 2012. I continued my journey and am totally healthy at this time.

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

The day the cancer was confirmed, I eventually gave in to the pressure from the surgeon and accepted the surgery, a complete mastectomy, although managing to postpone it for a few weeks. I was sent to the pre-admission procedures and when I got home late afternoon, I felt quite discouraged and my energy was totally depleted. My goal at that moment was to have a name to put on the hospital forms in case of emergency during surgery. For that, I chose my trusted sister Chantal. When we talked, she knew right away by my voice that something was wrong. I had spent the last hour or so going over the books and documents from the hospital. So I did not sugar coat it and told her straight out what was happening asking if I could put her name on the form. She was baffled, shocked by the news of course, but even more so by my unusual attitude of resignation toward the inevitable surgery. She told me I was not acting at all like myself, which was true. Because for years now, I had been the one she and many others turned to when wanting to know more about how to deal with physical ailments the natural way. I had done a lot of research and had lots of books about a variety of health issues.

She reminded me that 20 years prior, we had brought her the book Breuss Cancer Cure when her mother in law was diagnosed with cancer. She got the book and started reading passages from it. As we discussed the possibilities this could give me, my spirit started lifting and I then decided to take action the way I felt was truly right for me. By the end of the conversation, all my personal inner power was back & I resolved to follow the fast outlined in the book. Chantal sent me the book through express mail and made the most supportive, generous offer ever. She decided to do the fast with me for a whole 3 weeks (half of the recommended time of my fast). And she kept her word. She was there for me every single day. During our fast, we talked every single night.

After I hung up with her I proceeded to start my research on alternative cancer treatment. My goal was to regain perfect health and I was ready to invest the time and make the changes necessary to see this through. For many years, I had read enough books and material to know that if you give the body what it needs, it has the capacity to heal itself. It was a strong belief, an inner knowing, call it what you will, but I knew it was real.

I had sometimes wondered what I would do if I ever was diagnosed with cancer... I had always thought that conventional medicine would be the last place I would look for answers. Not that I would reject treatments in the hospital if need be, but I would definitely try everything in my power before I resumed to that. Now I felt it was time to put my money where my mouth was. And so my journey began.

My first focus involved everything having to do with the physical aspect of the body. More specifically, what I put in it, how I nourished it. Not long after I started my research that faithful night, I found the book that became my major reference for the months to come, Cancer free by Bill Hendersen. After the painful death of his own wife to breast cancer in the 90s, he dedicated his life to sifting through and gathering data and information on the cancer industry and alternative cancer treatments which have proven to cure thousands of people, even if not acknowledged by conventional medicine. It was an excellent start to my quest. I learned so many valuable things about the political and financial aspects of the cancer industry, institutions which seemingly are there to support and defend the rights of people diagnosed with the disease, but do a better job of defending their own interests. I did not want to fall prey to the system, and at the same time, I had no intention or energy to push against it.

I simply chose to keep gathering information and follow the voice of my intuition. Instead of fearing my diagnosis, I became curious about the cancer that had manifested in my body. I understood it came about somehow because my life was so out of balance, and had been for many years. I knew that I needed to address the underlying reasons otherwise no treatment, whatever they may be, would work. Some of the things that contributed to the diagnosis:

-remnants of a painful separation

-working long hours under a lot of stress

-few outlets for pleasure and rest

-no time to replenish my energy and do activities that made me happy

-tremendous financial stress

Just to put things in context, 10 days before I received the news that the mammography showed I probably had cancer, I had received the keys to my first home. I had just finished moving in, and was still painting and getting settled in. I was totally excited, yet a bit weary since I knew owing a home was a stretch to my budget. I was ready to take up the challenge of taking on contracts on top of my full time job in order to secure a comfortable life for me and my kids. In fact I was in the process of accepting a contract, which was confirmed the day after I was diagnosed. I felt I had no choice but accept it. I've made so many changes since then!

Contrary to what we normally see, I never actually saw my cancer as an enemy in my body that I needed to fight and conquer. I saw it rather as a messenger and I was totally willing to take the time to listen to what it had to tell me about my life and what I truly needed to regain balance. The quest to gradually find the answers for me has been an interesting one and, as you can imagine, it has been life transforming.

So since 2007 I have done a lot of research and tried a lot of different food diets or protocol of which these stand out:

-Breuss Cancer cure;

-Bill Hendersen's protocol outlined in Cancer Free;

-been followed by Dr. Allan Price (Vitamin C therapy and a full range of vitamins); I stopped going only because of my finances;

-followed a strict vegan diet;

-discovered emotional link to cancer through Dr. Hammer's research (quite revealing) and many other books;

-was introduced to fascia therapy- a very gentle, slow, and effective kind of massage which helped me become more conscious of the mind-body connection, of the stored emotional issues trapped within my body, and of ways to better tap into my self-healing capacities; studied and obtained a two year diploma in Somato-psycho-pedagogy;

-explored the raw food movement and benefits of wheatgrass juicing;

-been followed by Hélène Larose a massage therapist, SPP therapist and TBM practitioner

-discovered the wonderful herbalist Susun Weed (bought all her books including of course Breast Cancer, Breast Health);

- read the book Outsmart your cancer which outlines 21 different alternative ways to deal with cancer, which has all been successful; tried the Protocel protocol presented in it for some time;

-read up on Rick Samson's cancer cure using cannabis oil;

-read many spiritual books of which The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer; started a meditation practice.

-incorporated exercises in my daily routine, including yoga and pilates; and I do a lot of walking!

I have consulted a long list of books and documents and tried a large variety of diets and food. Through it all I have learned to trust what my body tells me to be true. When I think a thought and it makes me feel bad, or takes my energy away, I know it is not the path I need to follow. When there is energy and a strong desire for action that is triggered by a thought, something I hear or read, an insight, I know I am on the right track. Every time I have been at a cross road not knowing what to do next or even doubting what I had done up to now, I have asked the question. 'What do I need to do next?' Every single time, within 24 hours I either come across a book or someone gives me a lead or I randomly meet a person that provides a piece of the missing puzzle to help me along the way. I am still very much in awe of the process!

Let's talk about fun for a bit. In the early days of my journey when all my focus was on the food, I was totally dedicated and disciplined and going about my diet in such a thorough way, to the point of being too rigid. As I look back on it today, I know that rigidity played against me because it was literally squeezing all the fun, the joy out of my life experience! Not the way to go. I know better now and am determined to bring more fun and carefree hours in my days.

Since 2012, the books I have discovered confirm more and more what I know to be true at a cellular level:

1) Lissa Rankin's book Mind Over Medecine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. This Doctor has done the research and gives evidence that the body has within it innate capacities to cure itself. What she describes in is sink with my own experience. When I read it, I received 2 key missing pieces of my puzzle: that the support system you surround yourself is tremendously important and the innate capacity of the body to heal itself is nul, when it is under any form of stress!

That last piece of information was a vital one for me. Since 2007, my professional life had remained quite stressful. Now I am consciously putting energy and time into learning to ease those feelings of stress and emotions that do not serve me. I take time to do things I thoroughly enjoy; I listen to music that uplift me; read books for the shear pleasure of it; watch a funny movie; laugh more; have and inspiring conversation with someone I care about.

2) Joe Dispenza's You are the placebo. Love this book which strongly brings on the healing response in my body when I read it. Here the author proves through his extensive research and numerous workshops with thousands of people, that the body does indeed have the capacity to heal itself. The focus here is not on what you put in your body (food), but on the tremendous powers of our minds to bring about changes in our physical selves. He explains in details how to achieve such a state. His findings do not only concern cancer diagnosis, but all diseases. It seems that the capacities of the human body are truly without limits.

3) Radical Remission by Kelly Turner. I also loved reading this book because by the time it was published I had addressed all nine factors that are described in it within my journey. This is THE BOOK I now recommend to all new cancer patients. It is an essential reference for anyone starting on their healing journey. The Radical Remission Project is of highest importance and I want to continue contributing to it!

In my community I have started a support group aimed at bringing together people interested in actively participating in their healing process. We call ourselves the Thrivers' Circle. We meet once a month at each other's places.

My journey continues and I am now a certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (October 2017) and a certified Radical Remission Instructor (October 2019). Next I will get certification for practicing as a Radical Remission Coach. I am here to support anyone who would like to know more and who is interested in actively taking part in hers or his healing journey. Just know that every journey is unique and different. Always honour yourself in every choice that your make!

In Fall 2013, part of my journey was featured in in the Alive & Fit Magazine: www.aliveandfit.ca/issues/fall2013.pdf

UPDATE: As of October 2020 Sylvie is thriving post-diagnosis.

All is great with my health. No relapse. Still living my life true to the 10 healing factors.

My long time exploration about self-healing has brought me to Dr. Sue Morter's teachings about energy healing. I just bought her book The energy codes. I think this might just bring my spiritual practice to a brand new level.

Do you have any thoughts about what may have caused your health challenge in particular, or what causes it in general?

My unresolved emotional issues following a most difficult separation. The fact that my life was totally out of balance and the stress levels on many fronts, too high. My to do list was way too long and I took my responsibilities too seriously. The fun and relaxation factor was missing in my life. It was not absent, but too low. Self care was probably at its lowest also.

UPDATE: It is May 2020 and I am still thriving post-diagnosis.

Other

Your Website

soon (I hope)!


We reserve the right to remove inappropriate comments. If you believe a comment on this profile, or the profile itself, is inappropriate, please send an email to [email protected], and we will look into it.