While there are many factors that contribute to cancer, like our genetics, our environment, our diet. I have no doubt that stress and our emotional state plays a huge part in a diagnosis of any illness.
For me personally, I had a very toxic relationship that lasted 7 years. But I’ll spare you the details of that.
6 months before my diagnosis, I was in a very dark place. I was running on empty, working in a job that meant I couldn’t sleep at night and my natural state was anxious and fuelled only by adrenaline.
I kind of got stuck in that space, always running to the next ‘when I’ve done this I’ll be happy’ except that moment never comes because there’s always 800 other things that need to be done.
I was living in that fight or flight stage for a long time. Just like so many of us.
We can let stress rule our lives, thinking that’s normal, thinking that’s just adulthood.
But it’s not.
So many young women I met who have had cancer have had a huge amount of stress in their lives, so many of them had toxic relationships, financial stress, or stuck working in a job they hated and it was slowly destroying their soul.
I know personally that it’s no coincidence that after one of the most awful times in my life I am diagnosed with an awful illness. The minute I was diagnosed I stopped getting anxiety because I knew I had to change my life.
Our emotional state is so important and being happy literally comes down to doing things that make us happy.
Doing those things everyday instead of waiting 5 days until our next day off.
I’ve gone off on a bit of a tangent but I watched the documentary HEAL last night and it reminded me of the natural intelligence our body has, the power of our minds and changing our physiology and emotional state.
Now please don’t get me wrong, I believe chemo and radiation and modern medicine is needed to treat cancer. We need modern medicine to provide miracles to those who have been in an accident or trauma and treat and research illness. But watching it, gave me this feeling of taking back a bit of the power over my body. That my mind and my emotions provide the environment for my body and that I have the power to create an amazing life and a healthy life.
I don’t want this to keep happening to people. I don’t want you to be like me and have to get cancer to force you to quit that job you hate, or make those hard choices. I don’t want you to settle for anything less than amazing. I don’t want you to take life for granted.
Say no to the things you hate doing but feel like you have to.
Spend time with people you love, that raise you up, instead of people who make you feel like shit about yourself or that you’re not good enough.
And seriously, if you hate your job, if you feel Ill everyday going to work, if you feel angry or stressed, please make the changes you need in order to feel some peace again.
I would seriously recommend the documentary ‘heal’ to anyone who is going through a disease or illness or who has ever faced something like that.
It’s nice to be reminded that as well as the Doctors and the drugs, we still have so much power in our own minds to heal our bodies.
By Hayley Walker
We would like to thank Hayley for sharing her story. She is truly an inspiration.
Hayley is an author, artist and blogger, learn more about her on her website www.hayleywalkerart.com