Support was vital for me in my cancer journey. I don’t think I could have made it without it. On the cancer journey it’s so easy to get discouraged and depressed, to feel you can’t relate to the healthy people around you enjoying their normal lives. It’s easy to feel left behind. I found that having people around me who cared, honored my choices, pitched in, and prayed for me, was like wind beneath my wings.
I was very blessed to be part of a very loving, supportive spiritual community. These people helped me in many ways, giving time, money, love, and encouragement. I had no idea how much I was loved until I had cancer. It was by seeing me through their eyes that I learned to love myself. I learned a valuable lesson about receiving, that it is a gift to the giver. Their unconditional acceptance gave me the safe space to work through all the issues the cancer had brought to my attention to heal. This contributed greatly to my healing and my growth.
There were also people in my life, mostly family members, who had a hard time trusting my choices because they were too close to me. I made the difficult choice to avoid some of them for a time while I was healing because I didn’t have the energy to deal with their fears. In retrospect I see that the avoidance was a kindness to them as well as to me, as I let go of expecting something from them they couldn’t give.
It is good to take the time to look at the people in your life and become aware of who can support you and how. I found it helped to let go of expectations, and just have faith. You may be surprised where and how the support will show up!
Because support is so powerful and vital to healing, I created a Facebook group where people facing cancer can gather to give and receive support and encouragement to keep a positive mindset – and you are invited to join!
The intention of this community is to create a safe place where we can get positive mirroring, to receive, to be understood, and to share what we find helpful in maintaining a healing mindset. A place to share our victories, and to bring up our challenges. I will bring in my knowledge with tips, tools, and exercises to help you along.
Together we are stronger! Join us!
Cancer survivor and holistic health practitioner empowering people facing cancer in their healing.
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