Here are examples of how I’ve resolved issues for which survivors could not find solutions in the conventional medical setting:
S, 67 year-old survivor of metastasized lung cancer, had life-threatening symptoms following brain surgery and radiation
S came to see me after surgery and whole-brain radiation treatment for brain metastases of lung cancer. She was cancer-free, but the radiation had severely reduced her sense of taste and appetite. She had continual stomach discomfort and was rapidly losing weight. Her doctors performed tests and even exploratory surgery, but were unable to explain these symptoms or suggest an effective treatment. She was about to be hospitalized for IV nutrition. Untreated, these symptoms might have cost S her life; indefinitely treated in the hospital, they would have cost S her quality of life.
My first priority was to stabilize her weight and preserve her strength, despite the fact that she was able to eat very little. Within two weeks of starting treatment, her weight stabilized. We then started looking for the underlying cause of the issue.S’s brain radiation had injured major nerves connecting the brain with her digestive system. We began a program to gently nourish and rehabilitate her nerve function.
Five months later, S wrote “I have been able to maintain a stable weight and my stomach discomfort has disappeared. My taste has returned and so has my appetite…my energy has returned and I have no problem making it through a full day of activity. Thank you, Dr. Fox, for your encouragement and support, and providing a way for me to look forward to a healthy future.” S now walks an hour 5 times/week and enjoys traveling, dining out and entertaining her large circle of family and friends. She remains cancer-free.
F, lymphoma survivor, was in remission but found herself “waiting for the other shoe to drop”
“I was hesitant to invest in a coaching program, but I knew I had to do something because I wasn’t in charge of my life. I was a hostage to my fear of cancer recurrence, wasting time on unproductive activities because I was afraid to plan my future. Dr. Shani is easy to talk to, positive and motivating. She helped me remember that I was a successful person even though I’d had cancer, and helped me see opportunities I wasn’t able to see. I learned to act from my own choice, rather than do things because I ‘should’ and then feel resentful. I released clutter that was sapping my energy and started walking more often. I began to take a good look at my relationships so I could allocate most of my energy to the healthiest ones. I’m happier with how I’m spending my days, and I’m planning a future I’m excited about.”
C, 61 year-old liver cancer survivor with chronic Hepatitis C, rarely went out because she thought she didn’t have much life left
C came to see me in remission from liver cancer after removal of part of her liver. Although she had some physical symptoms, what was most affecting her was a constant sense of overwhelm and dread of cancer recurrence. C’s sister also had advanced Hepatitis, and had abandoned their relationship when C was diagnosed with cancer.
I helped calm C’s physical symptoms and restored her liver function. But most importantly, we started coaching so C could focus on the possibilities for her life, rather than on her fears. As we got to know each other, I discovered that C was an artist and photographer, with a passion for photographing wild mustang herds. Some years ago she and her husband had purchased a property in eastern Oregon so C could spend more time with the mustangs, but they had spent little time there recently.
Coaching provided C tools to ward off fear as it arose. Six weeks into her program, she told me that by holding a strong intention to reconnect with her sister and taking consistent, gentle action, her sister had finally allowed C to visit. Ten weeks into her program, C told me she’d been back to eastern Oregon to visit the mustangs. On that trip she ran into a mustang advocacy group, filming the herds to increase public interest in their protection. She was invited to work with the group and is now engrossed in advocacy for her beloved mustangs.
C’s fears for her health are far behind her as she forges forward in pursuit of her vision. In her words, “My diagnosis had control of me. I didn’t think I’d be able to live a life of my choosing. Your coaching was so helpful…my visions are taking flight, and my future is exciting! Thank you so much for caring.”
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