Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey ~ A Message from Susan Apollon
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you are walking through one of life’s darker valleys. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that you have found your way to my website. As you’ve probably already guessed, you won’t find statistics or conventional medical advice here. What you will find is a new way to think about the journey you are on.
I approach the unwelcome visitor called cancer from two different, yet intertwined perspectives. First, I am a clinical psychologist with nearly three decades of experience helping people like you receive the gift of spiritual, emotional, and often physical healing. Second, I myself am a breast cancer survivor–so this is a deeply personal issue for me.
My hope is that I can help you face the biggest obstacle head-on: fear. As I know all too well, a cancer diagnosis is terrifying, mostly because it brings up the possibility of death. My research and my own life experiences have enabled me to know that death itself is only a myth. Once we know this–truly know it in our heart and soul–most fear will melt away.
I also know that in the 25 years I have worked with cancer patients, relatively few have died from this disease. Many more have survived–and with an improved quality of life. Why is this? There are many reasons, but I believe their perspectives and attitudes regarding their situations had a huge impact on their healing. My patients chose to view cancer as a wake-up call for life.
Most of us get so caught up in the daily trials, tribulations, and tasks of life that we fail to notice that joy has slipped away. In fact, a deteriorated quality of life can contribute to the development of diseases like cancer. But in the instant we receive the diagnosis, we suddenly (or perhaps not so suddenly) find ourselves noticing the “craziness” and the trade-offs we’ve been making in order to pursue what we thought was essential. Our perspective changes. Choosing to perceive cancer as a gift shifts us energetically to a place where healing is more likely to occur.
Whether you’re the patient or the caregiver, cancer enables you to become conscious of what you intuitively know to be healthy, meaningful, and good for you. And if you gravitate toward and focus on those things, I promise, you will make substantial changes in your life. Yes, there is a very real possibility that you or your loved one could experience physical healing. Spiritual healing–a restoring of the vibration of inner harmony, balance, and peace within you, for your soul and your spirit–is a guarantee. In fact, the good news about being diagnosed with cancer is that it often becomes the catalyst for “growing” your soul and your spirit–all of which enables you to feel more whole and at peace.
Finally, be aware that the Chinese symbol for crisis, difficulty, struggle, and challenge is the same symbol used for opportunity. This is where you and your loved ones get to choose: Are you victims or victors? Will you view cancer as a curse or as a gift? My goal is to help you make choices that help you reclaim the tremendous power you’ve forgotten you have–and to remind you of how extraordinary you really are.