Publisher’s Note for Oct/Nov/Dec 2017 Issue
By Sandra G. Malhotra, Ph.D.
The popular lexicon around cancer is a concern to me because we often hear about the “battle”, “fight”, or “war”. This issue is an invitation to think about a cancer diagnosis differently. Perhaps it is not a battle to be won so that life can return to “normal.” Rather, it is a call to an inner journey to be traveled, just like other serious challenges that provide us the opportunity for deep introspection and growth. A chance to establish a new and better normal.
Why? Because the cancer is not some external enemy that must be hated and vanquished. When it is treated that way, is it any wonder that it often wins? Nothing positive or life-affirming results from hateful energy. The cancer is part of who we are when it presents itself — like our heart and lungs — and it is there to teach us valuable lessons. They are more than likely lessons that presented themselves in a more benign way and were ignored for decades. These could include:
• Loving your body and removing toxins from your diet, body care products, and environment
• Really confronting and clearing all of the toxic, angry emotions that have been repressed and stored in the body
• Ending toxic relationships
• Delving into your soul’s purpose and evolution
Is this a bunch of woo-woo jargon? Hardly — that’s not how girlfriend rolls. As a result of my research and personal experience, the people who have the best chance of surviving and thriving after a cancer diagnosis view it in this way. They embrace it, love it, and do the icky dirty work of cleaning themselves up physically, mentally, and emotionally. This isn’t victim shaming. This is about knowing better and doing better.
Those who view it as a battle with some external force and don’t do the unpleasant introspective work may just get it again because the root causes have not been addressed. The lessons have not been learned. Hence, change and growth have not occurred to produce a new normal.
Kris Carr, wellness activist and cancer survivor, documented her journey in the documentary Crazy Sexy Cancer and
considers herself a cancer thriver. She described how she did not love her body prior to her diagnosis and treated it like a garbage dump. Her cancer provided an opportunity for a serious course correction and she is now thriving. Lessons learned? Check. Serious personal growth? Check.
None of us get out of this life unscathed because we are here to learn and evolve, which is messy business. For some, it’s a cancer diagnosis. For others, it may be an accident, addiction, death of loved ones, serious financial loss, etc. These are all opportunities and can be taken as such, or not. We have been gifted with free will and can choose to love and grow, or not.
I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue that present an empowering viewpoint about cancer. It is not our goal to recommend a course of treatment because that is not our place. Choosing the traditional western approach, a more holistic one, or a combination of both is a very personal decision. However, we do recommend that any course of treatment that is chosen be done so with loving kindness, mindfulness, positivity, and a willingness to do the hard work that will result in personal growth.