Susan WonderStone's Blog


Cancer – You are what you eat
May 31, 2009, 7:58 pm
Filed under: alternative treatments, coaching, health, Inspiration, nutrition

Remember in kindergarten when we were taught “you are what you eat”?   We’ve all heard the term “garbage in/garbage out” in relationship to our computers.  Go to a horse track.  What are the owners feeding their million dollar race horses?  Fried food and sugar?  I don’t think so.  Why do we think we’re any different than anything else?  So – this was going to be about the food we put in our bodies in relationship to cancer.  Is that the key?  Have you ever seen the janitor’s keys at a big ol high school?  The large ring with the big mass of metal keys, all different shapes and sizes, wondering how he could ever know which key goes to what?  The food we put in our bodies is one of the big ones.   The big ones are easier to remember.  Most doctors won’t tell you cancer is related to the food you put in your body.  Maybe they don’t believe it is, I don’t know.  Most people think the “doctor” key is the only one they need.  On another side,  people think there are only 2 keys on the keyring – 1 for diet, the other for exercise.

You may remember I’ve been dealing with cancer since 2000.   Obviously I agree, diet and exercise are huge in relationship to cancer, but what about the big emotional key.  Many studies show cancer is related to anger and resentment.  Breasts represent mothering and nurturing and nourishment.  Specifically – breast cancer patients typically put everyone else first, neglecting their own needs, and at a deeper level, resenting it.  The physical key usually shows breast cancer patient’s T-3 vertebrae is out of alignment.

What about the “stress” key?   There have been many times over the last several years when I’ve gotten stressed out over something and it has come back.  (Maybe that’s why they call it ‘recurrent’ melanoma).  It’s been like peeling an onion that keeps growing new layers from the inside.  I’ve spent hours – probably weeks worth- crying, wondering when will it stop.  I’ve come to the realization, it won’t stop.  This is my life.  Every aspect of my being will always be a work in progress.  In nature, we know everything is either growing or dying.  It’s no different for us.
Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence, or even mandatory mutilation.    People need to know that it’s possible to get well.  Find your own key ring.  What do the keys go to?  Don’t worry about how long it will take to find and open all the locks, just keep working on it.

I’ve found that my keyring looks like the one of the janitor.  There are lots of keys on it- some of which I have no idea what they go to yet.  My hunger key is overwhelming me, so off to eat something green.

Love, gratitude and blessings

Susan



Relay for Life
May 17, 2009, 7:55 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Uncategorized

Tonight Cameron and I went to the American Cancer Society’s South Snohomish Relay for Life.  I knew it would be emotional for me, it always is.  We got there before the luminary ceremony.   Decorated bags in honor of someone surviving cancer or in memory of someone who has lost their fight, line the track with lit candles inside, lighting the way.  They had a slide show highlighting the many faces of cancer.  Most of the faces, I’ve never seen before.  Most of the names on the bags, I’ve never seen before.  It’s been 9 years since my first diagnosis, 5 years since I was told I wouldn’t make it thru the summer.   Why do I still have it?  But the bigger question is – why am I still alive?

Thank you to everyone who has been there for me – in every way – really big and so small you didn’t even know you did anything for me.  Thanks for your love and hugs.   Thanks for your smiles.  Thanks for your jokes.  To my cancer friends – thank you for continuing to live.  You inspire me.  And to my many friends and family who have moved on – (quitters)- (that’s supposed to be funny)  thank you for leaving me with memories and the drive to continue to live, be healthy and give others hope. 

Love, gratitude and blessings

Susan