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10 March 2020


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I love that your approach to healing was positive rather than a "fight" or "battle"! This is a fabulous post!

Our bodies are so miraculous in that they are designed to ward off illness, to warn us with pain, tickles, and or even shivers. Our fingers become more sensitive and wrinkled when in water too long -intuitively knowing we might need extra texture to aid us in a slippery situation. We have been given the power for our body to heal itself, to grow ,and morph, and or use all manner of intricate cells and even bacterias and hormones to do incredible transformations needed to keep us moving constantly and healthily forward, until yes, inevitably it begins to age, and even in the aging our bodies intuitively hang on to protective fat to keep us from losing nutrition when we may not have the energy to fix a large meal! Our bodies literally have clocks and pumps and computers and monitors all designed to regulate our health.

One day in the future we will come to understand how to use nature properly to aide our natural defenses and enable our own healing power, no longer having to rely on artificial substances. We are walking miracles!

There is so much power in believing, in positive and grateful thinking, and yes, science and medicines, but ya, that positive thinking will do exponentially more for and with any other treatment we employ.

I dislike the words "fight" and "battle" in the context of a disease or injury, too. I prefer something like receiving medical "treatment" or "care."

Àpropos of illnesses, has Sacha received any word from his girlfriend about the lockdown in Italy due to Covid-19? I hope she and her family and friends are all well and safe.

And if Sacha's still in the Seattle area, I trust he's taking the recommended precautions.

As always you approach everything with much love.
I appreciate your words always. They are profound.
Prayers and love for you all.
Love Jeanne

Quand j'ai eu un cancer très méchant et galopant, j'ai prié tout le temps en disant, Jésus donne moi la main et ne la lâche pas, ne sais pas où je vais mais si tu me donnes la main je peux tout traverser.
Les gens qui venaient me voir pensaient qu'il était étonnant d'être aussi sereine mais c'est la vérité, je n'ai jamais eu peur, je savais que quoi qu'il arrive je ne serais jamais seule.
Je vous embrasse très fort Corey, vous et toute votre famille.

Sent you a FB message as I can't copy it in a comment. Just got off the 13th Buckeye Cruise for Cancer where we raised $4.25 million for cancer research. Hope the video inspires.

A very dear friend is a cancer survivor. She now helps counsel women who have same cancer she had. In talking to her, you would never know at first what she has been through. Will ask her what emotional advice she has for Marty .
Everyone in Seattle is doing all they can to avoid the virus. Lots of hand washing and avoidance of crowds. No hand sanitizer or gloves for sale.
Prayers to all of you.

My dad came to visit me in LA when he had a relatively rare bone cancer. He had started IV chemo a couple weeks before, after a round of radiation. While here, he left virtually all his hair on a pillow one night. Got the little that remained buzzed, and later that day we went for margaritas at El Coyote, where his new hairless head fit right in with all the hipsters that frequent that place. We laughed.

Corey. I have not posted a comment for a long, long time because it was prevented. But now I can access comments again, and I want you to know that I am sending Light to you and your family. You are the first person I know of who feels as I do---that cancer is not something you battle and fight. I have not had cancer but I feel that cancer is an experience to be endured. I think if I had cancer I would have traditional treatment augmented by Eastern therapies and lots of meditation and visualization. I do not think I would ever "battle" cancer.

That's a very good approach, sending love to the sick parts of ourselves makes far more sense than using anger and force. I am a cancer survivor. I was very young when it happened, just 19, and I would say the thing that made the biggest difference in my eventual recovery, aside from the skill of my doctor and the medical aspect of it, was that a strong circle of people were praying for me. At the time I was more or less agnostic, but things like cancer make you realize that something far more powerful than one's own self is needed to get through the scary, painful, life-altering events. People of strong faith prayed for me, when I was not able to pray for myself. And one day an experience happened to me which I now feel was the moment of my healing and release from cancer. I won't tell it in detail, but just want to say it was a spontaneous lifting of all the fear and dread, and a feeling of freedom and strength which came into my mind and heart. It had to have come to me through all those prayers! And nowadays it's my joy and privilege to pray for others who are ill, as I am praying for your brother, you, and your extended family now.

I did envision a battle, but not between me and the cancer cells. It was between the cancer cells and Jesus Christ with a heavenly host behind him. This gave me peace and increased my faith. I didn't have the strength or ability to engage in battle, but my Lord did. When I am not afraid in regard to things that are happening now, I realize it is because of what I went through in my experience with cancer a decade ago. I know exactly what you are saying about viewing everyday thing in life as precious and wondrous. It is easy to say "life is a gift" but when I wake up in the morning now I thank God for the day before me and experience joy that I am alive. I am continuing to pray for Marty and your entire family.

At 40, I was diagnosed with the cancer that had taken my mother on her 45th birthday. I still had a ten-year-old and a fifteen-year-old. I didn't feel guilty for surviving. I knew my mom would have been glad to have her experience serve as a warning to me to be vigilant. And, since I turned 45--now 25 years ago--I have felt every day as if I'm living a day that my mother did not get to live. Tragic or joyful, I try to feel it, all of it, because she didn't get that chance. I now have had two brain surgeries for a different disorder. My surgeries, although not considered a cure, have been successful so far. I try to offer encouragement to others, via a Facebook page for people with this disorder, but now it's harder. Why was I considered a candidate for the surgery, but others, just as deserving, aren't? Why was mine successful when others are still in horrendous pain with no way out? This time, it's harder. Still, I am reminded every day, again, that life is full of awe, both the tragedy and joy of it.

I read your words, Corey, and I know how you are feeling, as I, too, am a 27 year survivor who is having a similar experience right now. My son's wife is now in the ICU with complications of treatment for leukemia, diagnosed just two weeks ago. I wish her the "luck" that I had when I was sure I was going to die. I wish us all "freedom from fear". May I share this prayer that I found tonight, for Roisin, for Marty, and for All of Us.

Buddhist Healing Prayer

Just as the soft rains fill the streams,
pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans,
so may the power of every moment of your goodness
flow forth to awaken and heal all beings–
those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.

By the power of every moment of your goodness,
may your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilled
as completely shining as the bright full moon,
as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.

By the power of every moment of your goodness,
may all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.
May no obstacle come across your way.
May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.

For all in whose heart dwells respect,
who follow the wisdom and compassion, of the Way,
may your life prosper in the four blessings
of old age, beauty, happiness and strength.

Alex Trebek (from jeopardy fame) just gave a "good news" update. It's been a full year since his diagnosis and his doctor said he thought they'd be celebrating again a year from now. I saw a 60 minutes segment about a man who was using "targeting" treatments that help the immune system cure cancer. He was 5 years from diagnosis (he had pancreatic ca too.)

I’ve often heard and often read (and believe firmly in it) that we shouldn’t try to fight illnesses but make them our friends. Just as you describe in your blog.
I was jumping off the bandwagon with a breast cancer scare and a thankfully positive (= negative) outcome, a scar I gladly wear.... Both my sis have had breast cancer and survived so far. I’ve lost friends and family near and dear over illnesses and as my father used to say often: Nobody is afraid of death, but all of dying. You’re right, we mustn’t be afraid, that’s not helping anybody, but we also mustn’t ignore illnesses and pain. It serves a purpose and in most cases it really is a wake-up call. Seeing and realising that we are born to die can and should make us change track of our ways, become more aware, more loving, forgiving and joyful.

Almost six years ago my husband was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor which was a metastasis of kidney cancer that he had had eight years prior. The surgery to remove the tumor was successful but it was followed within 48 hours by bilateral strokes and several other issues. He was hospitalized in various facilities for seven months. Right before he was to be released from the first hospital the head of ICU said to me, "If he were my father I would take him home and put him on Hospice." We did not follow that advise and he is still with us and doing quite well. I am sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers from Gridley to Willows/Chico!!!

An amazing blog post a comments.
Thanks to all of you...

I have read all these comments in this most profound post and honestly bow before all of you for your strength your honesty your love your life....this has to be one of the most beautiful postings ever.....

Your perspective about cancer and life is always so uplifting. You share with us a different way to look at things, a way to be, to see the world around us, that we may not, by ourselves, be able to find. Your spirit is uplifting and gentle. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, it always gets me to stop and rethink that there is always an opportunity to change how we see and react to the things in our lives.

I was just stopping by to check in on you. ❤️ My precious daddy moved to Heaven via cancer 20 1/2 years ago, and one day ago, one of my dearest oldest friends, who saw me through that time, and then again with my brother to a different sudden illness...wrote to say that her daddy has cancer, and it's recommended he go into comfort care. I'm praying for everyone dealing with this great unknown, for strength and comfort and healing, and for everyone to know Jesus loves them. ❤️

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