Experience as a Cancer Patient

I understand that certain allegations have been made about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, in particular claiming that Serge and the practitioners associated with Universal Medicine are in opposition or competition with conventional medical practitioners. This completely contradicts my experience as a cancer patient over the past year since my diagnosis in early June 2011 and in my association with Serge and Universal Medicine since early August 2011. During this past year I have had continuous treatment medically and also since early August, weekly sessions with Serge or other Universal Medicine practitioners. I am grateful to both my conventional and complementary practitioners for the caring support that I have received.

Before my diagnosis I had had chronic fatigue and chronic digestive symptoms. I had for years sought both medical and complementary advice and treatment. Generally there was not much either sphere could do to alleviate my symptoms. I had a strong preference for taking good care of myself in terms of diet, exercise, vitamins, regular check-ups, as well as massage, acupuncture and healing. I wanted to avoid needing any medical treatment if possible.

After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was shocked and terrified. I learned it was aggressive and I accepted that I could not avoid major and immediate treatment. I had an initial surgery in July which removed all the lymph nodes under my left arm and a lump from my left breast. I was advised that I would be needing chemotherapy and radiotherapy and hormonal drug treatment as well. When I considered chemotherapy I felt that in my debilitated state from years of low energy, that I would suffer more than most people. I dreaded it and felt it might be the death of me before the cancer. The first surgery did not achieve clear margins around the lump and I was booked for a second surgery, a wide excision, in August.

Before the second surgery, although I rarely went out at this time, I attended the Byron Writers Festival for one afternoon. I went into a talk on words and energy by Serge Benhayon. He spoke of how people say they love coffee when they mean they need coffee. He said that if people were honest and said they needed the coffee then they might ask themselves how they were living so that they needed coffee to get through their day. They might just make better choices to improve their energy.  I appreciated his reasoning. He also spoke about the rising number of women getting breast cancer. I became very interested. I had not thought of myself as being part of a cohort. His comments about being true to ourselves as a way to be healthy made sense to me. I knew I had many times looked after others even when exhausted.

I saw Serge in early August before the second surgery. I talked to him about death and how I had been living my life for others rather than for myself. I could see how I had squandered my life energy and made myself vulnerable to cancer in spite of my ‘healthy’ lifestyle. From my first visit with him, the intense, exhausting emotion I had been living with reduced dramatically. I told him how I optimistically believed that I wouldn’t need a mastectomy although the surgeon had warned me that it was possible if the second surgery did not get clear margins. The surgeon had said I could choose a mastectomy this time instead of just another excision. I was shocked and said, “No!”  Serge somehow communicated to me a sense that I would be alright, even if a mastectomy was necessary. He didn’t minimise the loss rather he acknowledged the fear and sadness that I felt. After the second surgery I told him the results showed I would need a mastectomy. He told me that he was willing to see me throughout my cancer treatment and that other cancer patients who came to him usually did very well with their treatment.

I had also heard this quite independently from a physiotherapist who was recommended by the hospital. She said that women who had the esoteric acupuncture treatment along with the same medical treatment that I had and would be having, did “remarkably better” than those who didn’t have this particular complementary treatment. She had seen a lot of breast cancer patients and had great respect for Serge and his work. She had attended some of his lectures.

Going into the third surgery, the mastectomy, I was almost calm, certainly accepting and even grateful, since my surgeon had told me that provided I had the recommended treatment, I had a very good chance of surviving. Beforehand I had some thorough cries over my breast. Since I emerged from the surgery, I have never felt any further need to mourn it. My healing went well, and I was amused to have compliments from physios and nurses on my ‘beautiful’ scar.

I was given a month to recover from my surgery before I began chemotherapy. I was seeing Serge weekly for counselling and esoteric Chakra-puncture and began to feel so well physically that I could take longer and more lively walks than I had been able to do for many months before my diagnosis. I had also ended a destructive relationship and felt so positive that I told Serge that maybe I wouldn’t need chemotherapy. He said immediately that he would never advise that I not have the chemo. He simply encouraged me to keep looking at my life and my choices and feel for myself what was right. I cried over this because I definitely didn’t want to have chemo and had misunderstood and thought he might back that choice. Again, he gave me support through counselling and Chakra-puncture and taught me to “rest deeply” as I went into my chemo sessions, fully choosing to be there since I had decided that I would have it.

I have told my oncologist about the esoteric Chakra-puncture sessions and how helpful I find them. He has told me several times that I have been doing very well and even said, “keep up the acupuncture”. As with the surgery, I found that I handled the chemo treatments well, having generally only fatigue and no vomiting or pain, and minimal side effects. I did make a choice after four months of chemo, to stop a little early from the second type because of side effects that suddenly got much stronger and could have been irreversible. I made this decision with my oncologist who said that I had had a lot of chemo and he didn’t think that the slightly shorter treatment would affect my life expectancy. I told Serge about this decision after I had made it.

After the chemotherapy treatment, I was due to see a professor of radiotherapy. Yet again I hoped that I didn’t need to have treatment but he said I did. I live alone and have not been well enough to manage without regular help. The radiotherapy treatment was nearly an hour’s drive from my home, five days a week for five weeks. I didn’t know how I could get myself driven back and forth and how I would cope with that much travel even if I had a driver. Universal Medicine provided me with a beautiful and nurturing space in which to stay within a short distance of the hospital so that I was able to drive myself to the treatment even though I was still tired and became more so. This accommodation and many of my sessions with Serge have actually been free of charge. Again, my treatment went easily and the main nurse who treated me said, “you obviously heal well.”

At this stage, I am beginning to recover some energy after the radiotherapy but am still easily tired probably because of the herceptin infusions that I still have every three weeks at the chemo ward. I am continuing to have weekly treatments at the UniMed clinic and always feel a profound sense of peace and rest at these times.

I have also had treatment from a physiotherapist at the UniMed clinic, who gave me simple exercises that immediately helped and within a couple of weeks completely relieved the cording that had developed in my left arm months after the lymph node removal. These gentle movements were somewhat different to those shown me by the other physiotherapist. The main distinction in her method was that it depended on beginning with and developing a deep connection with the body, not just mechanical movements while the mind might be elsewhere.

I hope it is obvious that Serge works very well with conventional medicine and is not at all opposed to it. In fact, he has often said that we have never had better medical treatment and he has particular praise for surgeons. I believe that his work is truly a complement to the conventional methods and when the two are combined, the patient is very fortunate indeed.

One of the most significant things to understand about Serge and other practitioners at Universal Medicine is that they first take great care of themselves. They heed the old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself.”

196 thoughts on “Experience as a Cancer Patient

  1. When we are true to ourselves we are also being true to others. Yesterday I didn’t feel that I was ready to do a big, physical job that my husband and I had planned to do. I told him and later I realised that it was true for him too and that he said he wanted to go to the market. Being honest with myself is work in progress but when I am, I feel clear, light and steady within my body.

    1. I can sometimes feel I ought to do something because I said I would rather than truly feeling in harmony with the task at hand. Likewise when someone wants to change an appointment, for example, it is great when we allow ourselves to see the gift in this rather than reacting because things are not going our way. When we do this there is a lightening in our energy that can be felt as we align to our energetic integrity and responsibility.

  2. There are many very clear message from an article like this, and one is we think we control everything that goes on. At times because of that control we find ourselves either walking around in circles or walking down the wrong path. Bringing these two important parts of medicine together, Conventional and Universal is bringing people to more awareness about what is going on. It’s supporting more then the patients because imagine the time it takes for people to explain things to patients when they are resisting treatments or advice. Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon bring a deeper understanding to what is sometimes seen as a process. It allows people to see more, understanding everything and everyone more and to make a choice on how they want things to go within reason. We think we just make a choice without first seeing there is a connection to make. We think we have our own thoughts and then others have theirs without realising that our thoughts are an energy and so the type of thoughts are aligned to our choice of energy first. We are playing small which gives us small thoughts, articles like this bring us a greater game being played which is lovely to see.

    1. I agree Ray, we tend to disregard energy entirely just focussing on the physical that we can see with our eyes, but before there is anything physical, there must be energy first. So the part that we ignore is the part that makes it all happen. Not so smart.

      1. I wonder as is being said if this is merely because we have all chosen or become fully aware of the fact of energy. It’s not something new as history shows but more something we have long since forgotten and now are returning too. Is it possible the more who begin to return to this fact, the more easily others will wake to the same fact? If “everything is energy” then whatever energy is being chosen will be available for everyone. Those that are aware will need to support but choosing a deeper and deeper version of what they are seeing. No waiting for a bus but a consistent living approach to every part of life, this in itself will turn the tables.

      2. Societies in the past have lived fully cogniscient of the fact of energy or light as they called it in those days, being behind all that happens in life. So have we deliberately chosen to not be aware of energy?

  3. Learning to live in a way that is listening to our bodies is an amazing freedom and joy to feel the honouring this brings . This is something Serge Benhayon instills in all of us by his reflection and the understanding and acknowledgement of what we feel is a major part to play in the way we live and heal ourselves on a daily moment by moment process. Appreciation of all that is offered to us rather than resisting and fighting the truth allows an honesty and love in our lives our bodies and our health. An amazing sharing thank you.

  4. A beautiful example of taking responsibility for our own healing supported by conventional medicine and esoteric medicine.

  5. Such a great point about the importance of how a practitioner cares for themselves reflecting the care that they are able to offer and the quote “Physician, heal thyself.” is a great philosophy.

  6. A beautiful confirmation and appreciation of the ‘marriage’ between Esoteric Medicine and Conventional Medicine.

  7. I have seen many examples of this combination of therapies in women with breast cancer, each with amazing results. What is most amazing however is not the fact they have each survived, but that they began to thrive in themselves long before treatment was finished. The acknowledgment of who they are, their worth and a connection to something intrinsically beautiful within seems to me to be the key ingredient. Their healing journey is inspiring, often profound and entirely unexpected, given what chemotherapy and radiation usually does to the body.

  8. I have also found that Universal Medicine’s approach to traditional medicine is very respectfully a complement to medicine. I know of many students who were anti-medicine before meeting Universal Medicine, who now feel that medicine can be very useful.

  9. An amazing blog, one which notes how we use our language can trap us, that we say we love something when we in fact need it, and how insidious that is – we don’t address it as we consider that we love that thing. And it’s so humbling to read of someone who took her steps, walked her talk very openly and honestly along the way, and to feel the acceptance that comes across so clearly is deeply inspiring.

  10. For those of us who are open to it, what a blessing to have both Western Medicine and Universal Medicine to support our health… one backing up and supporting the other so we can be whole.

  11. Conventional medicine is extremely important for us all when illness occurs, but it is clear it is not the whole picture. Universal Medicine therapies are complementary to that conventional medicine. Never once have I heard any practitioner of the Universal Medicine therapies say different, in fact as laid out in this blog they encourage medical attention. Complementary to medicine therapies are just that, complementary to medicine working hand in hand.

  12. I have been attending Universal Medicine presentations for over 6 years now – many of them – and there has never been any suggestion that people should not seek conventional medical interventions. What I have experienced are presentations that offer a truly complementary way of life – focused on a loving relationship with myself and hence my health and wellbeing. In fact I would go further and say that my relationship with conventional medicine is much better now I have an understanding of all the ways I can look after myself and learn from any medical conditions. My body is offering me a true reflection of how I am choosing to live and this is deeply supportive of evolving awareness.

  13. So very deeply touched in reading this blog – both by the author’s inner clarity and openness in sharing her journey with cancer, but essentially, that there is the undeniable sense here that there is ‘so much more’ – ‘so much more’ to us, what healing actually means, and those who understand this, and work tirelessly in service of offering true healing to all.
    Thank-you deeply for this sharing.

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