“Cancer is a wake-up call, and the way you choose to answer it is very important,” says Susan Apollon, author of An Inside Job: A Psychologist Shares Healing Wisdom for Your Cancer Journey. Today, cancer patients have impressive options for their medical treatment, but Apollon advises you to consider an integrative approach when selecting your healing team. Yes, it is important to take advantage of all modern medicine has to offer, but it is equally vital to find healers who will listen to you, treat you as an individual, and help you choose a protocol that supports your body, mind, and spirit.
“We are lucky to live in a time when Eastern medicine is being honored and married with Western medicine,” asserts Apollon. “A holistic approach recognizes you as an energetic being and allows you to restore well-being in a variety of ways. My patients meet with their oncologists and surgeons for chemo, radiation, and surgeries, but they also incorporate acupuncture, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, tai chi, qigong, yoga, nutrition programs, herbal supplements, and meditation and mindfulness into their healing routines. This allows them to care for their whole bodies and souls—and many have experienced physical healing as well as an improved quality of life.”
“Though nobody wants to receive a cancer diagnosis, your perspective moving forward will greatly impact the level of healing you achieve,” concludes Apollon. “Answering cancer with unconditional love for yourself and giving your whole self the energy, nourishment, and peace it requires will unburden your body and prepare you for greater healing.”