Breast cancer, once a topic of dread, has become an inspiring success story and keeps moving upward. Not only are recovery rates high and restorative surgery commonplace, but our awareness about cancer is widening. On the medical front, the arrival of precise treatments puts more power in the hands of women. By challenging your doctor and reading up on the latest choices of treatment, every breast cancer patient can escape the role of helpless victim that plagued our mothers’ and grandmothers’ generation. In terms of sheer survival, we’ve crossed the divide and will never go back.
But I am more inspired by the ascent of personal healing. Mainstream medicine scoffed at the inner healer–and still does–to cover its own ignorance. When I went to medical school 40 years ago, “healer” was a dirty word because nobody really knew what the body’s healing system was capable of. Now we are getting a glimpse, and the powers of self-healing appear to be immense. Yet until we know more, the role of healer falls upon each woman. You are the mystery of healing and also the solver of that mystery. In place of fear, you can acquire so much from the experience of cancer: Courage, hope, self-awareness, power, and love for your body.
Everyone who has participated in this month-long series for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to heal the whole woman should congratulate herself: The pioneering age of self-healing will soon turn into a golden age.
“Return to Wholeness: Envisioning Your Recovery From Cancer” (Pure Potential Media, 2008), a new DVD from Dr. Chopra and Dr. David Simon, is just out. To learn more go to www.cancervisualization.com.
Deepak Chopra, M.D. is the chairman and co-Founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing (www.chopra.com). He is the author of more than 50 books translated into over 35 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. He is a co-founder and President of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.
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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., from Intent