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I received this email from Cameron Von St. James today. I hope it’s o.k. to post the entire email because I think it’s just that important and much more poignant in Cameron’s voice:

Hi,

I’m not sure if you remember, but I contacted you a while back about your blog. I wanted to reach back out to you and let you know about a campaign that my wife and I have put together with the help of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and we are trying to get 7200 voices talking and sharing about this rare cancer, to represent the 7200 hours that the average mesothelioma patient has to live. 

As my wife is a rare survivor of mesothelioma, this day obviously means a lot to us. We aren’t asking for time, money, or donations of any kind, just voices to spread the word about this awful, and sadly little known cancer.  I was hoping that you would help support our cause by posting a link to our campaign page on your blog, so that your readers can use their voices as well! 

Here is the link, please let me know what you think when you get a chance to take a look.  Your help would mean the world to us!

http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness/

I read some of the blog and feel honored to be asked to place it in my blog. I don’t know too much about this type of cancer; however, I can certainly identify with some of the same experiences that all cancer patients go through. I am only too happy to lend my voice to spread the word about this cancer.

So, to my readers, please go to the website above and share it with your family, friends, and acquaintances.

Thank you so much.

Note: Sorry, I don’t know how to put in the link so that it can be clicked, but please do not let that deter you from accessing a very inspiration blog on this subject.

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etc_stack12__01inline__202, The Power of HabitCharles Dugigg, author of The Power of Habit gives an example of how William James, noted American philosopher and psychologist, dealt with his depression and suicidal ideation:

Today I about touched bottom, and perceive plainly that I must face the choice with open eyes. Shall I frankly throw the moral business overboard, as one unsuited to my innate aptitudes?

James was faced with committing suicide or choosing another path. Read the rest of this entry »

So much has occurred since I last wrote  several months ago, even though I only  just published it a week or so ago.

The biggest news is that my family and I have been to Paris and back. The way things were playing havoc with my stomach, I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it, so I am very grateful I did. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter, Jenn, has been researching my father’s artwork this past year and half. It was happening at the same time that my family and I were also dealing with my cancer.

I have blogged about the trip on my father’s newly launched website, so without my going into all the details, please go to: http://www.liujipiao.com. if you’re interested in learning more about it.  One thing I will say is that discovering that my father has a place in building modern China through his architectural work was a surprise to us since we were only wanting to trace our family heritage. Read the rest of this entry »

I am not out of the woods yet. And, boy, do I wish I were!

I am realizing that healing takes its own time, not my time, which is “yesterday”.  And even though I intuitively got to look into a holistic regimen – herbs and a healthy diet – so that I might go off the cancer medication, I had no clue what that meant, even though I like to think I did. Read the rest of this entry »

On Friday, June 8th, when I came out of surgery for the removal of a life threatening tumor, the first thing I saw were my children.

The first thing I remember is the surgeon showing me a photo of the tumor.

It was HEART SHAPED!

I thought I had dreamed it. When I finally woke up in my hospital room, I don’t know how many hours later, I don’t know how I got there, the only thing I remembered was the heart.

This may or may not mean anything to you; however, the 7-month journey culminating in the surgery has been about LOVE. I have been surrounded by love throughout, by family and friends, near and far. And, the visions/revelations that came to me during this time, was all about love, and of course, love comes from the heart.

This symbol reaffirmed for me that God sent me the gift of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

 For me, cancer has become a transformational journey!

I came to this realization before I read Caroline Myss’s definition on the Wounded Healer Archetype in her book, Sacred Contracts.  Here is the phrase that is most pertinent to my above statement:

The Wounded Healer archetype emerges in your psyche with the demand that you push yourself to a level of inner effort that becomes more a process of transformation than an attempt to heal an illness. If you have successfully completed the initiation, you inevitably experience an exceptional healing, and a path of service seems to be divinely provided shortly after the initiation is complete.

That’s what I was going to write about in Cancer – Crisis and Opportunity, Part 2. Amazingly and unbeknownst to him,  my dear friend, Samo, actually encapsulated this about me in his blog, entitled GRRRR! I would like to share his words with you.

First and foremost, Sam is one of my dearest friends,whom I met when I lived in Hawaii. We’ve been friends for over a decade. He was also one of my major lifelines back home while I was in Bali and Singapore last year.

In conjunction with being an invaluable support to me, he is a spiritual healer/reader who, I might add, has been very accurate in his readings for me, even when others have erred. I trust him implicitly.

I do plan, at some point, to fill in background information on some of the statements I made to Samo. As always, I am  simultaneously honored and humbled to know that my personal realizations can be thought-provoking as well as helpful to others.

Please click below to read about cancer as a spiritual journey and, contact Samo if you have need or desire for a spiritual healing, counseling, and/or reading. His information is on his blog, “Samo Says”.

Thank you, Samo, I love you.

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“You do know that your tumor is malignant, don’t you?”

This is how the oncologist informs me of my condition on December 23, 2011.  After the initial shock, my qigong breathing kicks in, and I recall that the Chinese character for crisis is the same as the one for opportunity.*

Slowly breathing in and out, I make a real effort to remember this as my children, Jennifer and Matthew, and I absorb the news that I have cancer.

This is my second bout with cancer. 1994 ended with a dx of  a malignant polyp in the colon.

This time, the dx is a malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor, one that appeared at the end of Nov., 3 days before I am due to fly home from my year’s sojourn in Bali and Singapore, back to the U.S.

I now know that this tumor is a slow-growing one that just decided to suddenly pop up. It reminds me of the Taoist Qigong Masters’ stipulation that the disease is inside the body for a long time before the symptom appears.  And, so, this may have been inside me the whole time I was away in Bali and Singapore all of 2011, and I didn’t know it.

Even as I remember crisis and opportunity, at the same time, I wonder how I am to deal with yet another trauma in my life!

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