"No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow"
Spring has sprung in many ways!
One month ago today started off as a nerve wrecking day to say the least. I remember checking into the appointment for my (highly anticipated) follow up PET scan with such a numb feeling. The nurse directed me to a room by myself as the contrast worked its way through my port for an hour before starting the PET scan, which realistically felt like at least three hours. I don't know if doctors and nurses realize how much torture it is for a cancer patient to sit in a room alone for an hour, with nothing to think about other than what the upcoming scan results are going to be. I sat there with my eyes closed and prayed so deeply to see this day... never knowing if it was going to come. I painted a beautiful mental picture of what it must be like to feel free and to be on the other side of this. I prayed for this day, to confirm my inner belief that focusing on healing the body can, and DOES, cure cancer. I wanted to show people that sometimes listening to your inner voice is more important than listening to "standard protocol." In my mind, I was healthy and things were going great, but to see a PET scan confirm that in all aspects - was breathtaking… literally. So cheers to the glory of God and to one month of being cancer free in the books!! (It is so wonderful to be able to type that.)
After the news had sunk in, I knew in my heart that God granted me this blessing for the purpose of helping others see His light in healing. Which is why I wasted no time in figuring out how to get back on the track of becoming a chiropractor :) My lovely, supportive advisor from Cleveland Chiropractic College met me for lunch last week to go over my options. I was ecstatic to hear that I will be able to take all of the required classes online this summer in order to begin school at Cleveland this fall!! I never thought I would actually be excited to sign up for classes and buy books, but I am so eager for the opportunity to be a student again and to learn even more about wellness.
I expected to feel a giant relief the second I got home, but surprisingly it wasn't exactly a weight lifted off the shoulders. On one hand, I felt a continuing pressure to fill my time doing things to fight cancer, because that is all I had known for months. But on the other hand, I felt an enormous urge to scream from the roof tops, or run until my legs gave out, or go do something spontaneous and crazy, just to celebrate being alive. Finding a balance between the two extremes took quite a bit of time. It was (and is still) difficult to jump back into the surrounding of others who haven't experienced cancer and trying to find my "middle ground" so to speak. Thankfully, after about two weeks of exhausting myself, my sister helped me make a weekly schedule, fitting in colonics, IV's, exercise, lab work, juicing, coffee enemas, lymphatics, sauna, acupuncture, adjustments, castor oil packs, and meal prepping. It helped to visually see on a piece of paper all of the things I am still doing, I'm just not doing them at a treatment facility in Arizona, surrounded by others in the same situation like I'm use to. Now that I actually breathe in my spare time, I've started to be able to get some good sleep and even nap every now and then, which is more necessary than I thought! Over the last several months, I have collected a variety of books, articles, and resources about health and finally have the desire to read them in my spare time. I wanted to share with you one of my favorites (even prior to cancer). I've gotten a chance to re-read her books and have found even more juicy information the second time around.
Meet Kris Carr, New York Times and #1 Amazon best-selling author, wellness activist, and CANCER THRIVER!! What a lovely woman she is. I did not originally read her books in hopes of learning about cancer, but in hopes of learning about health and wellness. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer she was one of the first people to come to mind, as she has been living WITH cancer for over a decade! Not just any cancer, but MULTIPLE tumors on her liver and lungs. Over time she has been reversing them slowly. How is that possible??? Kris thrives by bridging Western Medicine and Integrative Care (Amen to that!).
"Kris titillatingly turns a supermarket into a pharmacy" - Dr. Oz
Kris has done very well for herself in her decade of thriving. She has written five books and shot one documentary that aired on Oprah and TLC. My favorite thing about Kris that makes her unique to most wellness junkies is her down-to-earth (NON INTIMIDATING) approach to health that I deeply admire. She was my initial inspiration to find my inner voice and to look at cancer as a wake-up-call rather than a death sentence and is my ongoing inspiration to live like I mean it.
Below is a little sneak peak of her bio:
"What I learned transformed my life forever and I think it can help yours too. Through my books and film, my journey has resonated with thousands of health, spiritual wealth and happiness seekers. CanSer babes and “Prevention is HOT” cheerleaders have hopped on board the Crazy Sexy train to learn how to look and feel better, lose weight, reduce stress and suffering, have more energy and nourish their spirits—even Oprah got excited about our wellness revolution.
My wake-up call encouraged me to make a total lifestyle upgrade inside and out. It taught me how to listen to my brilliant inner guide, brought me back to nature (my church), the garden and kitchen (my pharmacies), and connected me more deeply with the people and animals who set my heart ablaze. I learned that a nutrient dense, plant-passionate diet rules, the Standard American Diet destroys (everything), stress sucks (life-force), exercise is non-negotiable (great for your head, heart, cells and ass-ets), joy is utterly contagious, and having fun must be taken very seriously."
I highly recommend checking out Kris' books available. The Crazy Sexy Diet is the first one I read. In ten chapters with titles such as "Cupcakes, Coffee, and Cocktails," "this is your wake up call, pick up gorgeous!," and "Make Juice, Not War" - she makes learning about health very entertaining. I was searching for a new "diet" and got something a whole lot more valuable - a lifestyle change (and a good laugh). It's almost like reading a really awesome magazine, with some sarcastic humor here and there, about the true meaning of health.
Fun fact: Kris Carr actually received some therapies at An Oasis of Healing!! How cool is that? At treatment, one of the therapists shared that with me. I almost felt like I was in the presence of a celebrity, it was special to me that our journeys crossed in a similar manor. She is my continuing inspiration for positivity, sassiness, living faithfully, and focusing on what does the body good. Check her out!
She has some freebies on her site, is fun to follow on Facebook, and has a lot more information at: