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"I feel it is the duty of one who goes his own way to inform society of what he finds on his voyage of discovery."

Carl Gustav Jung

 

Balance is what I am after; find a way to share my experience while at the same time, I am leaving the past behind and I am moving on. Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and since much less was known back then, I was advised not to question its origin, but instead be happy that I survived and move on. And I did exactly that; mainly because of lack of resources. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer metastasised in the lever. This time, there was the necessity and the possibility for me to have a DNA test which revealed I was carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRCA1); a chromosome mutation which is connected to higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer. This time round, I know what I am up against. It is my belief that avoiding triggers like excessive stress, trauma etc and maintaining a healthy life style can be an answer to BRCA1; in my case, prior to both occasions of cancer, there were higher levels of stress and I had chosen (due to ignorance of the consequences) a quite unhealthy life-style. The below websites represent individuals and organizations who supported me throughout the battle with cancer. They are located in different places, mainly The Netherlands, Malaysia, Dubai, Germany and United States. Despite where anyone lives though, their sites either provide enough information for help or give a starting point to anyone seeking for options. I would like to express my gratitude and hope that they can also make a difference for others. Writing it all down fills my heart with warmth while it empties my mind. Thank you!

 

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."

Buddha

Web Link Dr John Sarno
Dr Sarno has literally saved the day for me. A different approach from main stream psychology and a theory that can actually get you very quickly off pain and suffering. Just by reading one of his books ‘The Divided Mind’, you can heal from many different ailments.
Web Link FORCE - Facing our risk of cancer empowered
It is very recently through Twitter that I discovered FORCE: an organization about ladies suffering from BRCA1 & BRCA2, a genetic DNA mutation increasing the chances for developing breast and ovarian cancer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRCA1). A year after finding out that I am carrier of this mutation, the existence of FORCE gave me a strong sense of solidarity.
Web Link Art Of Living

Art of Living is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world. I started with their courses back in 2007 in order to learn how to breathe properly and improve my health. The practice of Sudarshan Kriya ( a specific rhythmic way of deep breathing) has literally changed my way of life and thinking; it fills our cells with oxygen and clears up mind and body. I was amazed to find out about the projects and services they offer all over the world. The founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a true spiritual leader, loving, open-minded, dedicated and funny! His dedication and many teachings are simple yet profound messages about love, service and balance.

Web Link Private Clinic Dr Kalden - Oncology and naturopathy
And then you have ...Dr Kalden! Coming out of a tough year and being told that there were no guarranties about the future (mainly because it was stage 4), I needed to find doctors who could work with me on prevention. It was important to explore potential alternative methods to treat and prevent cancer. A special information organization in this domain in Germany matched me with with Dr Kalden's clinic. A caring, super-knowledgeable, funny doctor who introduced me to biological medicine, T-cells, hyperthermia, fever therapy, intravenous vitamin C among others. I got a unique chance to estimate my immunity levels and act accordingly.
Web Link Fredy Brink
Almelo is a small town in east Holland in the province of Twente, close to the German border. It also happens to be my husband's hometown. While being treated with chemotherapy, we spent a few months in Almelo and one of the jewels there is Fredy Brink's yoga center. Attending the yoga sessions was a true transformation as Fredy combines the yoga poses with mindblowing visualization techniques and impactful metaphors.
Web Link Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark
Dr. Clark focused on research in all aspects of human disease, especially cancer. She studied parasites, bacteria, viruses, fungus, heavy metals, solvents and radioactivity. She wanted to find out how the human body cells react to these invaders and came up with many solutions to rid the bodies of these invaders. Dr. Clark researched the use of herbs, essential oils, orthomolecular therapy and frequency therapy. She focused on the importance of dental health, as well as everyday awareness of environmental factors.
Web Link David Wolfe
David Wolfe is the longevity and nutrition expert who wrote the book 'Superfoods' among others. A book about vibrant, nutritionally rich foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential.
Web Link Dr Wayne Dyer
It was Dr David Fraser who suggested that I read Dr Wayne Dyer's books. I thank him for that every day! I have spent a lot of nights manifesting my future under the spell of Dr Wayne Dyer's soft yet powerful voice. His books and CDs are an inspiration. "The painful events are like a raft you use to cross the river and you must remember to get off on the other side." Such metaphors create new miracle strategies in our minds and we start living more in the present moment. The "Manifest your destiny" and the "Power of intention" truly capture the wisdom of the whole world in a nutshell.
Web Link Dr Thierry HERTOGHE
Surviving ovarian cancer is one thing, dealing with the hormone imbalance after your ovaries are removed is another one. Having read many books of Suzanne Somers and alternative hormone therapy, Dr Hertoghe was mentionned in the 'Breakthrough'. Lucky as I am, when I contacted him by email, he informed me that he would be giving a course for doctors in Kuala Lumpur where I would move to in a week's time. He was kind enough to include me in the participant list as an exception. Dr Hertoghe's father and grandfather were also doctors and in his book 'The Hormone Solution: Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies', he delivers 35-year of knowledge on natural hormone therapy. Dr Hertoghe recommends that anyone who starts with natural hormone therapy waits at least two years after the last occurance of cancer. Even if he is world-wide known in the field of natural hormone therapy, his knowledge regarding the body goes far beyond just that.
Web Link Dr David Fraser
Dr David Fraser is author of "Relationships made easy". Passionate about NLP; he earned my eternal respect by checking on me, making time for me, offering his support; he contributed with his observations and insights in very crucial moments during my recovery.
Web Link Dr Wright's Tahoma Clinic
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He is a pioneer in the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades. He is author of the best-selling Book of Nutritional Therapy and Guide to Healing with Nutrition, as well as other classics in the field. It was again thanks to the books 'Breakthrough' and 'Knockout' where I read about Dr Wright and even though I still have hope to fly to Seattle and meet him personally, his website and his books are a great alternative and an inspiration and bundle of hope.
Web Link Essensuals - Organic Essential oils
Based in Dubai, Essensuals markets organic essensual oils and tries to educate people about the usage of these therapeutic oils and the medicinal effects they offer by holding workshops and seminars.
Web Link Anthony Robbins
First time I heard about Tony Robbins was during my NLP Practitioner Course. "Awaken the giant within" is a best-seller for a reason. Tony likes to speak, thank God! It is his big contribution. He speaks with passion and explains complicated emotional situations in a simple manner. His 'LIVE' programs where thousands of people attend lift up your energy levels and ensure multiple breakthroughs; walking barefoot over hot coals creates a strong anchor about your unlimited power within.
Web Link Carol Talbot
Ms Carol Talbot is an NLP Master Trainer in MatrixDubai and my first NLP trainer. When I got diagnosed with cancer, she contacted me straight away and offered me her expertise in Coaching free of charge for as long as I needed it. Her outlook on life belongs to a special league of Professionals where success unites with a strong sense of care and action. One more website to connect with her is: www.caroltalbot.me
Web Link Dr Reishmi B Devan
Dr Reishmi B. Devan has a Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India. We met while she worked as Homeopathic consultant at NURA Energy Wellness Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr Reishmi is one of the best Coaches I have met even though she does not practice Life Coaching. Her listening skills, genuine interest in others and medical expertise make her an exceptional doctor to be around. She has also obtained her NLP Practitioner diploma.
Web Link Dr Parviz Rashvand
While living in Dubai a few years ago, Lariam (an anti-malaria preventive medicine) was prescribed to me when I mentionned my plans for visiting Bangalore, India. After the fourth pill, I experienced severe chest pains and my nervous sytem collapsed and ended up in hospital. It took my husband's research to make the liaison with Lariam. In one of the darkest periods of my life, it took 6 months for the effect of Lariam to leave my body. The doctor who made a difference and helped me keep my sanity was Dr Parviz; this was my first contact with naturopathy and the quantum technology. Where hospitals in this case could offer me nothing, naturopathy helped calm my organs, adrenals, nervous system and supported me with tremendous success through what would have otherwise been an ordeal with worse consequences.
Web Link iHEAL Medical Center
Even though I have not visited iHeal yet, I am delighted that such an option is given to the residents of Kuala Lumpur. Iheal promotes screening for early diagnosis, intervention and treatment and offers a diverse range of diagnostics focusing on Heart, Cancer & Stroke. It is all about prevention and benchmarking the physical condition.
Web Link Cancer defeated
An invaluable source of information; mainly on alternative treatments against cancer. It concentrates on survivor stories, day-to-day findings on helpful factors for recovery and it really reflects and contributes to a strong belief about conquering this decease.
Web Link How To Cure Almost Any Cancer at Home for 5 dollars a Day
This is an e-book with invaluable tips for cancer patients. Throughout my own personal research, the suggestions in this e-book have been mentionned by many cancer survivors. A book worth considering and testing the various affordable and body-friendly suggestions regarding nutrition and supplements.