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.”

255 thoughts on “Experience as a Cancer Patient

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. A great sharing of how both conventional and esoteric medicine work in combination to initiate true and consistent healing and the benefits of deepening our relationship with our body enables us to take full responsibility for our health and well-being.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Thankyou for sharing your experience. Universal Medicine therapies are a complement, not an alternative to conventional medicine. They work beautifully together, each providing what the other cannot.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. The best thing to do if you hear allegations about Universal Medicine is to check it out for yourself, because none of the allegations have ever been true. Twenty plus government investigations triggered by these lies all found no case to answer. That says it all.

  16. 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.

  17. ” 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. Once we start to grasp that there is an energy behind everything including every illness and disease, we also come to realise that there is an identifiable cause and knowing this increases our awareness and understanding of how and why we have the disease.

  22. ‘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.

  23. “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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. ‘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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

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

  40. 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.

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

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

  44. 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.

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