Our Glorious Warrior- #Rebeccachristine
On July 20, 2017, at the age of 28, she was diagnosed with triple positive (estrogen, progesterone, and HER2 positive), stage one, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma that was grade 3, meaning it was one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. Her immediate reaction to any problem, big or small, is to learn as much as she possibly can, and so she immediately took to the internet and, without really knowing it, became a member of her own healing team. She has always been open to alternative medicine, and the more she researched, read, and watched, the more she found out about the benefits of an integrative treatment route. Once she listened to her body and her heart, both were telling her that the path was meant to be an integrative one, using treatments from both the alternative and conventional world. She decided to accept some parts of the conventional treatment (surgery, one round of chemo, Herceptin, and hormone therapy called Tamoxifen), but she decided against other parts (radiation and the rest of chemo), and she complemented these with a whole host of alternative therapies, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
CANCER JOURNEY CHANGED REBECCA’S LIFE PERSPECTIVE
Her learnings?? The Lessons I Learned and Who I am Now:
• An absolute flurry of important lessons has been gifted to me (and still are all the time) as a result of this terrible diagnosis.
• We can do difficult things and we are stronger than we think
• Our own bodies know what’s best for them – listen to and trust in what your body is telling you
• It is so important to cultivate a trust in your own intuition and listen to it, to develop a confidence in yourself and the fact that you know what’s best for you
• Do not shy away from what you know in your gut to be the right choice for you simply because you are afraid someone won’t approve of it or like you for it – what feels right to you may include everything your oncologist can throw at you, or it might not; both are okay!
• Never simply let things happen to you; take an active role in your own health – there is always something that you yourself can do to improve your circumstances, and this helps to deter the feelings of helplessness when they come knocking
• True emotional, mental and spiritual growth in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges is possible and can completely shift your perspective and your life in the best ways
• It is incredibly important to a person’s healing to learn what true kindness to oneself looks like, including how vital it is to have an awareness of your needs and to put the tending of those needs first
• Practicing gratitude for all you have, especially the small stuff, can completely change your perspective and your life.
Now Rebecca is enjoying her life by giving back to community & spreading awareness. For more details please read her blog