Archive | August 2016

A Glimpse From My Journal

One of my cancer buddies passed away last week.  It came as a big surprise.  I thought she was
doing ok.  I am deeply saddened – and frustrated that another person has passed that I knew with cancer.   I just
wish people were aware of more choices for their health.

Perhaps all my buddies who have passed from cancer are now my angels from heaven.  Here in a different way to help me
to support my mission and to help inspire others to find a way.

Angels from Heaven must be in my book as a seperate chapter of its own.

 

Living The Dance – Transforming Fear

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What to do when things change…

For anyone on a cancer journey, you know “dealing with change” better than most people.  If you’re like me, you might find yourself taking a deep breath each time your scan date rolls around.

We all know the big question… what will they say?

I find it’s not so much what a scan reveals, it’s all in how I respond to the information.  This is the key!

Typically, if the information is “good” I breathe a deep sigh of relief followed by a little prayer of gratitude.  And if it’s not so good…???  Then what?

Here is where you must take a step back, breathe and become centered within yourself.  The choice you make right here in this moment is HUGE.  You must learn how to dance with fear.

If you find yourself feeling stressed, worried or even fearful with any kind of news, you need to take a “time out” and breathe.  Step away from the situation and remind yourself of what you know to be true.  Remind yourself that you are ALIVE in this moment and that your body knows how to heal.  Dig deep within yourself and find the place within where you can return to a sense of peace and calm.

Know that things can change at any given time.  And that you can and will make the best decision for yourself in terms of the next step.  Take time to tune into your Heart and ask for Wisdom.  Use your intuitive Heart to guide you.  Never give in to fear, doubt or uncertainty.

It’s ok to acknowledge those feelings however do not dwell in them.  Think of it like this… Imagine any fear or doubt was like a little child afraid of the storm.  Imagine holding that little child and sending that child messages of love and safety so that their fear transforms into love and comfort and feelings of calm and peace.

Here is a short exercise I developed many years ago that you can do right now to embrace all your feelings and to discover the best source of Love – self Love!  You will be amazed when you do this simple process.

 The Mind-Heart Integration Process

  1. Think of your problem or challenge
  2. Feel the feeling that you have as you think about this problem,
    imagine you are in the thick of it…
  3. Close your eyes and imagine this feeling to be a little child
  4. Ask this child to tell you how he or she is feeling
    listen with love and compassion from your Heart
  5. See yourself bringing this little child close to your Heart in a loving
    embrace—a gentle hug
  6. Within yourself send this little child messages of love and reassurance
    love this little child.  Let this little child know you love him or her, you are there for him or her  and that you understand how he or she is feeling and that everything is  going to be alright…Say these words as you hold this child close to your Heart

  Thank you…   I’m Sorry…   I forgive…   I love you

  1. Place your right hand over your Heart and the other hand over the front part of your head and breathe deeply into this moment…Allowing your mind to integrate into your loving Heart…

 

Breathe deeply and know that all is well in this moment…

Bring this little child with you from this moment forward into whatever you do and where ever you go
Staying connected to your inner child is a wonderful way to stay present with your feelings.

Developed by Susan M Castle

Essential Nutrition

Essential Nutrition
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Proper nutrition is essential if you want to heal cancer.  There is plenty of research showing the link between pH and cancer.

Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, and doesn’t survive in a normal, more alkaline environment. Cancer cells make your body even more acidic as they produce lactic acid. So if you have cancer, your pH levels are low and your body is too acidic.

Taking action to make your body more alkaline is vital in the battle against cancer.  The majority of the foods and drinks we consume are acidic, such as meat, grains and sugar, with colas, soft drinks and coffee being highly acidic. So unless you have been eating a very healthy diet, full of fresh fruit and vegetables, your body is way too acidic… creating a very good environment for cancer to grow in.

Actually, too much acidity is an underlying factor in many degenerative diseases — diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more.  Most Holistic professionals and Medical experts agree that Balancing the bio terrain is key. Do this first, then everything can come back to normal.

As you learn about pH and cancer, you will find there is a long history of reversing cancer simply by alkalinizing the body. It is one of the basic strategies in the battle against cancer and for improving your health in general.

Virtually everyone with cancer has low pH levels. This is because cancer is created, and thrives, in a body that has low pH levels, a body that is acidic. Low pH causes your body to store more toxins in cells, and reduces oxygen levels, both of which are fundamental to the development of cancer. When cancer cells grow, they produce even more acid. Making it very difficult to raise pH levels, especially when cancer is present.

When you take something to increase pH levels, your cells notice the
difference and start to dump some of the toxins they are holding back into the bloodstream now that they have a chance to get rid of them. (Toxins are acidic and the cells won’t release them if the blood is too acidic. The blood must be kept in a narrow range around neutral pH.)

The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet greatly reduces the acid load, helping to reduce the strain on the body’s acid-detoxification systems, such as the kidneys.

Examples of Alkalizing Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach

Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon

Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu

Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

 

Highly
Alkaline

  • baking soda
  • chlorella
  • dulse
  • lemons
  • lentils
  • limes
  • lotus root
  • mineral water
  • nectarine
  • onion
  • persimmon
  • pineapple
  • pumpkin seed
  • raspberry
  • sea salt
  • sea vegetables
  • seaweed
  • spirulina
  • sweet potato
  • tangerine
  • taro root
  • umeboshi plums
  • vegetable juices
  • watermelon

Moderately
Alkaline

  • apples
  • apricots
  • arugula
  • asparagus
  • banchi tea
  • beans (fresh green)
  • broccoli
  • cantaloupe
  • carob
  • carrots
  • cashews
  • cayenne
  • chestnuts
  • citrus
  • dandelion
  • dandelion tea
  • dewberry
  • edible flowers
  • endive
  • garlic
  • ginger (fresh)
  • ginseng tea
  • grapefruit
  • herbal tea
  • herbs (leafy green)
  • honeydew
  • kale
  • kambucha
  • kelp
  • kiwifruit
  • kohlrabi
  • loganberry
  • mango
  • molasses
  • mustard green
  • olive
  • parsley
  • parsnip
  • passion fruit
  • peas
  • pepper
  • raspberries
  • soy sauce
  • spices
  • sweet corn (fresh)
  • turnip

Low
Alkaline

  • almonds
  • apple cider vinegar
  • apples (sour)
  • artichokes (jerusalem)
  • avocado
  • bell pepper
  • blackberry
  • brown rice vinegar
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • cherry
  • cod liver oil
  • collard green
  • egg yolks
  • eggplant
  • ginseng
  • green tea
  • herbs
  • honey (raw)
  • leeks
  • mushrooms
  • nutritional yeast
  • papaya
  • peach
  • pear
  • pickles (homemade)
  • potato
  • primrose oil
  • pumpkin
  • quail eggs
  • radishes
  • rice syrup
  • rutabaga
  • sake
  • sesame seed
  • sprouts
  • watercress

Very Low
Alkaline

  • alfalfa sprouts
  • avocado oil
  • banana
  • beet
  • blueberry
  • brussel sprouts
  • celery
  • chive
  • cilantro
  • coconut oil
  • cucumber
  • currant
  • duck eggs
  • fermented veggies
  • flax oil
  • ghee
  • ginger tea
  • grain coffee
  • grapes
  • hemp seed oil
  • japonica rice
  • lettuces
  • oats
  • okra
  • olive oil
  • orange
  • quinoa
  • raisin
  • sprouted seeds
  • squashes
  • strawberry
  • sunflower seeds
  • tahini
  • tempeh
  • turnip greens
  • umeboshi vinegar
  • wild rice

I Want To Live

mentorAWhat I’ve learned…

About 4 years ago my world abruptly came to a stand still when  I was told I had 4th stage ovarian cancer.  Everything in my life was put on hold so that my dedicated focus could be on regaining my health.

What I’ve learned during my 4 year journey was life-changing to say the least.  The kind of lessons you just can’t get from anything other than a life threatening dis-ease.

The Real Lessons

From my partner Paul’s perspective, it wasn’t really the cancer that was the issue.  It was about what each of us felt on the inside about life itself.  In other words, our own personal connection to the life force and a desire to live (rather than the fear of dying).

From the moment I received the diagnosis I knew I wanted to live more than anything.  This is a critical time on one’s journey with cancer.  I believe it becomes necessary to make a most important decision.  That being to live rather than to fear dying.

My inner talk, my daily mantra, became “I want to live!” rather than “I don’t want to die”.  There is a big difference.  May your montra be “I want to live”.

Finding The Gift

The first major lesson was to find the gift.  Instead of focusing on the cancer and its negative effects on my body and my life, I looked for the deeper gifts within the dis-ease, in the daily events (going to the clinic, meeting new people, improvements in blood scores, etc) and deep within myself.

I learned how to transcend the worst news one could possibly here.  Instead of becoming a “cancer patient”, I decided to be a “cancer pioneer” and defy all the odds.  I decided to LIVE and be grateful for every new day and look for the gifts.

How interesting, one of the worst events that can happen in a person’s life actually held deeper gifts than I ever imagined. Simply incredible.

How To Deal With Fear

If there’s one thing that can weave havoc in your life, it’s fear.  When the mind drops into a fear response, and it hears the word “tumor” or “cancer” the brain kicks into a fight or flight syndrome and begins to send a cascade of negative hormones and stressors that can often create an even worse situation.

Once you feel any fear about a piece of news (health, finances, loved one, or your own inner self talk) you actually encode life depleting energy into your cells, tissues, organs, blood and energy system of your entire body.

Always send yourself “good information” life enhancing information.

The Lesson of Gratitude

How do you feel gratitude when you are knee deep in a cancer journey?  First and foremost… I set an intent that I would walk the cancer journey in grace and ease.  That became my prayer.

“May I walk each day in grace and ease”.

Little did I know that that simple shift of mindset would make such a profound effect on my life. Literally every event on my cancer journey was sprinkled with Gratitude. And it affected me almost every day. My husband and I always found something to be grateful for.  No matter what.

We have the power to change the entire cancer field.  Where we’re going is a new paradigm. A new paradigm of thought, feeling, and Be-ing.

Cancer is NOT a death sentence.  With diligent and focused attention you can survive and even thrive.  It all comes down to YOU and how you choose to live each day.

I choose to be grateful first and foremost for my life.  I choose to see and Know that I am healthy.  I choose to see the gift within my journey and to open to the lessons I am being given.

I am ALIVE and I am grateful.

Coaching with Susan