How I Survived Breast Cancer

Abstract: That news hit me hard in my face. That was 11 years ago to this day. Exactly 11 years ago and I survived breast cancer. By changing my lifestyle, living within my means and adopting an attitude that life should be simple, have given me the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest. Let me share with you my healing experience.


Cindy Yong

Kuala Lumpur

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Something happened in August 1994. You got ductal carcinoma of the left breast, Stage 1, said Dr. Harjit Singh, my surgeon back then.

That news hit me hard in my face. That was 11 years ago to this day. Exactly 11 years ago and I survived breast cancer.

Let me share with you my healing experience.

Step 1: I accepted the fact that I had breast cancer. In is only by accepting what had happened to me that I was able to proceed to the next step.

Step 2: I took actions. I decide to go for alternative therapies all the way, coupled with my most important BELIEF that I am able to heal myself with whatever method I chose.

I decide not to have chemotherapy or radiotherapy. For 6 months to a year, I have homeopathic treatment, did qi kung exercise in the morning, had a strict diet to cleanse my body, do lots of positive thinking and prayed and meditated regularly. I received a lot of support from friends, colleagues and relatives.

After a year, I slowly and gradually ease back into moderation in my diet with regular detoxification of the body.

There are four important areas in my life which I observed carefully and did the best I could to maintain a holistic balance, even till now. I am still practicing it today.

MENTAL

With positive thinking that everyday is a good day. Whatever outcome I encounter, at the end of the day it accept it with grace and understanding. For peace of mind, I meditate and listen to good music as it is food to my soul as well. I enjoy going to the movies too. I read to keep my mind active and occasionally play card games to stimulate my mind.

PHYSICAL

Every forthnight, I do lymphatic drainage or alternatively foot reflexology. Everyday, I go for my 45-minute walking exercise with a trusted buddy of mine. This buddy-system is very important. She is also in my inner circle of friends who renders both emotional and spiritual support.

EMOTION

I emote quite easily, be it happy or sad. Previously, I tend to contain or confine these emotions within myself. I found that to do so is very harmful and is overwhelming to my well being. Now I am more at ease and share my emotions (good or bad) within his inner circles of friends whom I also consider them to be my support group. The catharsis of emotions always helps me to ease the burden to bear them alone. The philosophy is: the more I share, the lighter the burden. It is the same with good emotions: the more I share, the more love is experienced among friends.

SPIRITUAL

I am so fortunate and grateful to be alive today. Everyday is an opportunity for me to give thanks and to share my belief in moderation. Having a lot of faith in myself and working with the Universal Energy surrounding me is a great help. My prayer is: I’ve gone my best, please help me to do the rest. It helps all the time. I accept whatever outcome it presents and move one from there. By knowing where I am now, then I’ll know where to go in my life. I make do with whatever I have and be grateful with it.

I know now why I have survived breast cancer. This is because I have detected it early by doing regular breast self-examination (BSE). I am still doing it now. BSE was so important and every woman must and should know how to do it regularly. That reality gave me a lot of hope and a choice for me to go for the methods there are non-invasive.

By changing my lifestyle, living within my means and adopting an attitude that life should be simple, have given me the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest.

This script was written in September 2005.

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