I Am More Than Cancer: How My Body and I Are Meeting Cancer

Two months ago I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. Now I certainly wouldn’t downplay the horrifying feeling that CAN overcome you when you’re first told you have a potentially deadly form of cancer— but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t felt more vibrant in years.

As a Nutritional Consultant, cancer was an opportunity to put my skills to the test. I pulled out my arsenal of tools. I understood that cancer cells weren’t adapt at feasting off fat— so I tightened up my preexisting keto protocol. I learned that cancer cells aren’t comfortable in an alkaline environment— so I pulled nearly all the acid-forming foods from my diet. I researched supplements that would boost my immune defense and promote overall cellular health. I slept more, ate less and continued to sweat it out at the gym.

Here’s the thing, a cancer diagnosis undeniably changes your life— it changes the way you perceive things, it changes the way people perceive you. And I can see how quickly one could succumb to its powerfully persuasive effects.

Will I be a statistic of survival?

Will the doctor be able to treat me?

Will chemotherapy cure me?

ALL of these questions take your power and put it in the hands of others— the doctors, the medicine and the cancer itself.

Call me a control freak, but I am NOT ok with that!

Given the opportunity to heal, our bodies have superhuman powers.

That’s not to say I don’t plan on eliciting help from the experts— I do. The thing is, they know what they know, and I’ll put full faith in their ability to surgically cut this melanoma right out of my arm.

Alternatively, I know what I know. And just because I don’t own a white cape, doesn’t mean I don’t own a cape of my own.

Sorry, but it’s not enough to rely on doctors and hospitals to heal us. Medical personnel are ONE conduit of health. Ultimately, it’s our bodies doing the healing.

Now I get it, they just don’t teach this stuff in medical school— so unless you’re taking the time to acquire this knowledge on you own— you may be completely unaware of its validity or application. So I’m not exactly faulting the doctors (or even the system itself). I’m simply saying, there’s a HUGE discrepancy between our medical system and proper healing.

There MUST be a place for nutrition and holistic healing within our medical space— if not taught, than it’s OUR responsibility NOT to rely whole-heartedly on our doctors. That would be like a client of mine relying on me (the Coach) to do ALL the work. It just doesn’t work like that. What’s more, assuming responsibility over your health and healing is extremely empowering!

So thank you dear cancer. Thank you for reminding me that I am powerful beyond measure— that I hold just as much power fighting this with combative herbs and oils, light therapy, anti-inflammatory foods, stress relief and laughter as you do fighting this with surgery and pharmaceuticals. Thank you for reminding me that this is my purpose work, and that I’m going to change the lives of SO many that would otherwise feel powerless to the system.

ABOUT Katie

Bio

  • Naples, FL

Diagnosis

  • Melanoma or Skin Cancer

Primary Treatment

  • Surgery

Primary Cancer Center

  • Other

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