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. I chose to continue seeing Serge throughout my cancer treatment.

I had heard quite independently from a physiotherapist who was recommended by the hospital that people who attended Serge coped well with the treatment. She said that women who had the esoteric acupuncture (chakrapuncture) 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. 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.”

243 thoughts on “Experience as a Cancer Patient

  1. What a testimony to read about the combination of treatments, modern medicine and Universal Medicine. From a young age, I felt modern medicine wasn’t the only healing modality, there was room for others. If we go back centuries, the ‘other’ healing modalities contributed to healing, probably not documented to how researchers would have liked. If we studied a cohort of patients or performed a qualitative research, I ponder on the outcome. Maybe modern science may not want to hear or read about.

    If modern medicine was the only availability, then why are we faced with more and more patients resistant to antibiotics? Obviously due to over use and I feel we will see more and more of this.

    There is another way to healing, complementary to modern medicine healing. This testimonial of a cancer patient’s experience needs to be researched in more depth.

  2. It is very obvious that Serge Benhayon works very well with conventional medicine and is not at all opposed to it. The support you were given with the care and Chakra-puncture treatments made you feel you were not alone during this process, you had family caring for you.

  3. The support of Universal Medicine therapies that works with conventional medicine truly works. The marriage of the two gives each patient the opportunity for true healing.

  4. Your very detailed account of your journey with cancer is such a confirmation of the healing power of the combination of western medicine and complementary medicine, such as offered by Universal Medicine and its practitioners. And then of course, there is one more ingredient in the healing recipe and that was your commitment to caring for yourself, after all, as I have come to know, we are our greatest healers.

    1. Ingrid, I liked your comment, ‘one more ingredient in the healing recipe and that was your commitment to caring for yourself’. Working in the health care professional, I see more and more patients reliant on others to heal them and seldom take responsibility for their own well-being.

      Things don’t just happen, the signs are there, are we willing to listen or are we going to be made to be listened, by the body?

      1. Shushila I have a friend who recently underwent surgery for breast cancer. One of the topics of conversation was her incessant doing for everyone, always leaving her self out of the equation. I asked her what role model was she being for her daughter? Did she want her daughter to grow up running around after other people so that she could feel better about her self that she felt ‘wanted’ by the family? The answer has to be no. I have discovered our spirit is very needy and loves the attention gained while looking after others but the consequences to our bodies surely cannot be worth it? If we learn to appreciate ourselves in everything we do, the need to seek outside of ourselves for confirmation of being loved is diminished to the point where there is no need to seek attention, recognition as we are enough as we are.

  5. Serge Benhayon has certainly helped me enormously to welcome and embrace conventional medicine not only for my own health and well being but that of my family’s too. Today I do not hesitate to seek support from conventional medicine when I feel it is necessary. Without his support I would still be in the arrogance and ignorance of the amazing work conventional medicine has to offer.

    1. Having recently had an operation I feel nothing other than admiration for the medical profession. My GP, my specialist, my anaesthetist, the nursing staff, everyone that was involved in my procedure. My part was to take along my body which I look after amazingly well and to continue to look after my body with the deep care that I already do after my procedure. In fact I feel that it’s the deep care that I look after myself with that meant that my physical healing went incredibly well. My surgeon said that because he wasn’t able to stitch the area that it would be very sore for 2 weeks and sent me home with some pretty strong pain killers. He was flummoxed to hear that not only did I not have to take any pain killers at all but that I didn’t feel any soreness whatsoever. The area has healed absolutely beautifully and I feel that that is because of the way that I choose to live in every day of my life.

      1. Is it possible the key ingredient to the fact that you recovered from the operation so well and did not require pain killers is because you do look after your body so amazingly well? When we take care of ourselves lovingly so, our bodies are at their optimal level of health.

      2. Yep I reckon so Mary, I can’t think of any other explanation, nothing just happens for no reason and the deep level of self care that I live with is the only possible explanation that I can think of.

  6. If our interest was truly in our well-being, and not about control or ownership, why wouldn’t we be more willing to be open to anything/anyone that anyone would, through their own personal experience, claim to be of true, great support, and give that a fair go, but instead attack, especially when so many of us are so sick and exhausted already?

  7. Serge does work very well with modern medicine – I agree – he brings the added (and currently missing) element of self responsibility and that we need to also make choices ourselves to initiate the healing process, not simply rely on the medication or the surgery.

  8. Yes it is certainly my experience too that Esoteric Medicine combined with Western Medicine is the most supportive and practical way to go. Serge Benhayon is very pro-western medicine and I look forward to the day that western medicine equally recognises esoteric medicine. A growing number of doctors and practitioners do, but sadly there is too much misinformation out there which makes it harder for the public and medical profession to discover the benefits and what a wonderful partnership it is.

    1. Nicola I too look forward to the day where not only western medicine recognises, understands and has true energetic awareness but all do, for this is the missing link to our well-being.

    2. Nicola you make a very interesting observation when you say
      “sadly there is too much misinformation out there which makes it harder for the public and medical profession to discover the benefits and what a wonderful partnership it is.”
      We have all witnessed these last months the manipulation of the media to twist events so that fear is spread throughout society and when that occurs society will do anything to feel secure. Is the same energy feeding the misinformation about the benefits of combing Western Medicine with Universal Medicine so that we are denied a combination that has such healing qualities? Imagine

  9. A combination of all that western medicine offers while getting support to understand the energetic underlying things that may go on for anyone during such treatments brings the best of both worlds, and offers a more complete and whole picture on how we can be with illness. What I feel reading this blog is how the author has had tremendous support from both sides and how in that she’s been able to find her own way with her cancer journey and learned to be and live a way that is more honouring of her and her body. This is something to hugely celebrate.

  10. It is wonderful that there are modalities that support patients to have less side effects from chemo and cancer treatments, I know someone currently in chemo and it’s caused severe kidney damage. I hope that Esoteric Chakra Puncture and other Universal Medicine modalities can be made more available to cancer patients in the future. Research may be needed to support this however patients and onlookers such as nurses and doctors can already see the efficacy of these complementary treatments.

  11. Whether conventional or complementary medicine it is important to discern when choosing practitioners. Someone I know, diagnosed with cancer, did not feel supported by her oncologist and felt her concerns and preferences were often dismissed. She switched hospitals, found an oncologist she could relate to and has completed her radiotherapy treatment. She’s also begun to pay more attention to life style choices and quality of relationships as part of her healing. A big one being to self care and not to give to others at the expense of herself.

  12. The fact that Serge Benhayon has supported so many people in their return back to the brilliant systems and techniques of conventional medicine is beyond amazing and shows his deep respect for the healing processes that we all need the correct and suitable support for.

  13. How can we make allegations against somebody that are a complete lie? Where do they come from and how do we even come up with them. To claim that Serge Benhayon is against conventional medicine is like calling the black white.

  14. This sharing explodes so many myths about cancer as well as the allegations that Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon are anti Western medicine. So many express surprise that they should get cancer when they thought they were trying to life a healthy life but when they choose to look deeper, sometimes with the support of UM, they discover how they have been abusing their bodies and what is being offered with their cancer is a clearing of abusive ways of living and an opportunity to heal from this. Western medicine offers various treatments that can support a patient to heal but if there is no understanding of why something happened in the first place there is more likelihood of a re-occurence. UM offers support to those going through the physical process of treatment but also the opportunity to explore patterns of behaviour that have led them to this point and as reported here any treatment undertaken seems to be tolerated better with faster recovery which no doubt allows for deeper healing. Our bodies are amazing particularly when we truly support them with whatever clearing is being offered.

  15. Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine are extremely supportive of anyone who is going through Cancer treatment or other medical treatments and often assists through accommodation and supportive treatments which are free of charge, giving back to the community a support that not many people or businesses would do. This is what makes Universal Medicine unique in its consistent support and integrity above all else.

  16. They take care of themselves first … and that’s the key for all of us, for without that level of care we cannot truly care for another, and they and we get less the quality of who we are … a beautiful sharing of a woman coming back to herself and reclaiming care and nurturing for herself.

  17. There is no hint of victim or a survivor in this account, rather a beautiful example of a deepening relationship with one’s body and taking responsibility for the quality with which one lives in.

  18. Your sharing reflects the way in which Serge Benhayon completely supports and works alongside medicine. He has always encouraged this if it is needed – and presented that medicine is not bad, it is just how people use it that is – we seek a fix and then to get back on with our lives rather than be willing to see and understand why things have happened to us in the first place.

  19. There’s much fear around cancer and I always thought cancer was the ultimate death bringer but through Universal Medicine I have met quite a few number of people who have had cancer or have cancer, and the quality of living that I feel from them completely changed my belief of how cancer patients would look and feel like, and they all speak of the importance of making self-loving and nurturing choices. No doubt there is something in what Universal Medicine offers that truly works and supports cancer patients to heal themselves.

    1. Absolutely and I have found talking to Universal Medicine students I have met who are living with cancer not only inspirational but also humbling in their willingness to be open to what their bodies are communicating with them.

  20. There’s a big question mark over cancer in society. We spend millions on research or so much time on alternative therapies. But what Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine present is simply there is a missing part to our approach, and you can add this in and see if it makes sense in your life. Surely such a simple thing is worth investigation not scorn if we are serious about our health?

  21. Medicine is super amazing at handling and managing the ‘how’ aspect of medicine. It has sorely lacked on the ‘why’ part though and often tries to explain it through the how by describing how it occurred but not actually why. Enter Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, the only organisation who have successfully been able to explain the ‘why’ aspect of illness and disease.

  22. The support Serge Benhayon offers to cancer patients is beyond compare and he never tells people what to do, but reminds us that we always have a choice. He is fully supportive of us using whatever medical care is available and having the additional support of Universal Medicine therapies helps us to live as best we can.

  23. ” They heed the old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself.” ”
    I have not heard this for a long time and it seems more relevant today that at any other time in our history; thank you so much for sharing.

  24. Thank you for such a beautiful testimony on how Serge Benhayon always respects and works alongside any medical treatment with the Esoteric Modalities, supporting the body to truly heal.

  25. This is such a deeper understanding of illness and disease, that complements Western Medicine so the two can work together. Understanding that everything is energy gives a real insight to what contributes to illness and how true healing works.

  26. It’s great to know that there are treatments like Chakrapuncture that support the person to best deal with chemotherapy side effects, being so, an excellent complement to the conventional medicine

  27. ‘I could see how I had squandered my life energy and made myself vulnerable to cancer in spite of my ‘healthy’ lifestyle.’ This is a terrific realisation – one that speaks of actually owning, taking responsibility, for one’s condition. Many try to shift the responsibility to genetics, microwaves and power lines or the failures of modern medicine; others don’t take responsibility beyond thinking a regime of juicing and jogging is enough to ensure good health. There is so much more to the story of cancer – and all illness and disease, big and small – and Universal Medicine takes the whole of it into account.

  28. “He spoke of how people say they love coffee when they mean they need coffee” This brings more honesty to the conversation and opens it up to a greater understanding and willingness to look at why we need coffee. If we say we love it we don’t tend to ask further questions like, why do I like it and do I really like it and why do I crave it at certain times of the day. This is what I love about Universal Medicine it asks us to look deeper and question all the things we have accepted in life especially illness and disease.

  29. What is beautiful to read here is the support and encouragement to engage in the medical procedures that you decided to have. It would be great to understand health outcomes in terms of how we have engaged in the health interventions and create a truer measure of healing.

  30. Unfortunately this is what they don’t write in the papers about Serge Benhayon, he is beyond charitable, in the true sense of the word. He is generous and caring and is more pro main stream medicine than most people I know. It is so important when people become ill that they are supported on every level.

  31. ‘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.’ Switching from mind or brain intelligence being our major way of operating to body intelligence takes a while ( I feel I have a long way to go to be consistent in this ) but the benefits are huge not least of which is the ability to be present, have more confidence and appreciate ourselves.

  32. The support of Esoteric Therapies alongside conventional medicine offers a depth of understanding and development both in the procedures that are part of conventional medicine and the healing itself. They go hand in hand as anyone who has experienced both would testify.

  33. I can certainly relate to your resistance towards conventional treatment and how when you have combined conventional medicine and esoteric medicine, the results have supported you in your healing. In my most dire moments concerning medical attention, Serge Benhayon has also reminded me not to disregard what I am experiencing and to seek for medical advice. He has never told me what kind of medicine to seek, and it was up to me to truly feel my heart, I went back a few times to alternative medicine knowing they were not going to truly support me but because they felt familiar, but eventually because of the consequences, I made my own choice of going back to Western medicine. What a strong ideal to break and every day there is so much appreciation about these experiences. If I had never known Serge Benhayon or if there were no articles such as yours, I may still be rejecting conventional medicine and a big part of my life and truth.

  34. This is an amazing model of medical care, and it is very inspiring to feel how your sense of self-responsibility and power increased over time and you became more real.

  35. The loving support that Serge offered you is truly beholding and just gorgeous to read. This is a beautiful example of how western medicine and esoteric healing and principles can be applied for a more spherical healing.

  36. Universal Medicine has significantly changed my lifestyle, and from once being reasonably irresponsible over my choices, I have become responsible for the choices that I make and my choices are now far more loving and honouring of myself and others, which definitely has had a positive affect on my health.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

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

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

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