Nothing to Lose: Sandy’s Story
“It’s been five years of clean scans, and my doctor said today that I can use the word cured.”
In January 2010, Sandy was diagnosed with stage 3B non-small-cell adenocarcinoma also known as lung cancer. A spot on the lower lobe of her right lung, which had metastasized to her mediastinum, made it inoperable. Sandy felt fortunate that it wasn’t stage 4; nonetheless, she still had to endure 35 radiation treatments and 27 chemotherapy treatments in the span of 2.5 years.
Sandy was a year into her treatments when she reached out to me. She has been recommended by a friend. At the point when Sandy contacted me, she could not speak. Her voice was gone and she had no lung capacity.
I had to do something
“I had to do something because it’s very frightening when you don’t have enough air in your lungs to speak to somebody and you can’t get above a whisper. That’s what forced me to do it and I wish I had done it sooner…”
Sandy admits that she was skeptical in the beginning but she knew that she needed something other than the medical profession to get her through this.
Prior to reaching out to me Sandy had turned to Christian Science, her late husband’s faith. However, she was left feeling discouraged after she was told that she didn’t have enough “faith.” This led her to wonder if working with me would work for her, because she wasn’t sure if she had enough faith in that either.
It took Sandy a while to reach out to me. In fact, she didn’t reach out until she had run out of options and had lost all hope of getting her voice back.
A leap of faith
Sandy finally took a leap of faith and started working with me. Not only had she lost her voice, but she was feeling very weak. She said that it would take every bit of energy she had to get from her bed to her kitchen just to make a cup of coffee. The chemotherapy drained her of all her energy. She spent most of the day sleeping.
Once a strong trust bond was established, Sandy started to open up and changes became apparent. Gradually Sandy became stronger with each week. She would feel better, her voice would be stronger and she had more lung capacity. Yet every time she went for another chemotherapy treatment, she would be knocked back a few steps. As those came to an end, more progress was made.
I had nothing to lose
“I doubt seriously if I would still be alive if I hadn’t come to you. I really don’t think I’d be alive. Because I had pretty much lost hope and you’ve not only addressed the medical aspect of this, you’ve addressed the psychological, the emotional, the spiritual — and unravelled layers of me that I didn’t even know about or understand — and I guess all of which went towards making me sick.”
When Sandy started working with me she had lost all hope. This may seem like a bad thing, but it was this state that gave her the courage to open up and dig deep into the emotional aspect of the cancer. In her words: “I had nothing to lose by going there and I had everything to lose by not going there.”
It’s now almost 8 years since Sandy was diagnosed with stage 3B non-small-cell adenocarcinoma and she is still here. Only a very small percentage of people diagnosed with the disease stay alive that long. Sandy is able to drive herself to the store, go shopping, take care of her house, and cook. She’s starting to get out more socially, and regularly meets friends for lunches and get-togethers. Year by year, she gets stronger and has more stamina.
Body, mind and spirit
“I have the desire to live, I don’t want to give up. I think I’m a pretty strong person after losing my husband almost 12 years ago and then going through this. I’m in a pretty good place.”
Despite being able to use the term “cured,” Sandy continues to work with me as she believes that she still has work to do and layers to be uncovered.
She now has a deeper understanding of her emotions and how they can affect her health. She understands the importance of the work and how it affects her body, mind and spirit.
“Mary has helped me in so many ways to get through so much. It’s not easy being alone and 71 years old. It’s not fun, and Mary has helped me find the strength to say, ‘I can do it, I can do it.’”
For my part, I am always humbled and awed by the way Spirit works in someone’s healing, and it’s a privilege to walk this path with Sandy and others.
I hope you will click the video link below to hear Sandy’s testimonial in her own words.
With love and gratitude,
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