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The faith of knowing …help when we most need it…

10 Dec

DCIM100MEDIAI cannot remember now where I first heard about the charity New Approaches to Cancer, but before I knew it I was contacting them…

http://www.anac.org.uk/   (New Approaches to Cancer is an organisation that was started by a group of four colleagues, two doctors and two healers back in 1969.  These innovators felt it was important to share with as many people as possible the positive experience of using ‘Gentle Therapies’; these, combined with supportive  counselling, self help groups and dietary advice could make a real difference to people going through the experience of cancer. Today we are a national registered charity that provides a nationwide information service that is easily accessible and free to all.

All our services are free of charge, the Charity is set up to provide a wide range of information on experienced holistic practitioners & clinics nationwide and runs self help groups in Surrey, Sussex, and Middlesex.    We organise talks and healthy living demonstrations, run regular classes in holistic therapy to support the cancer patient such as Relaxation and Visualisation Therapies, Yoga, Nutrition, Flower Remedies, Life-Coaching etc,. – And, in the spirit of prevention, invite local medical practitioners and nurses to attend as well as patient’s families and friends.)

After an initial phone call to to their office where I left my story in brief on the answering machine, I was contacted by a very knowledgeable and forthright lady who patiently listened to an abbreviated rundown from the last 11 years of my complex story.  She promised to send me a packet of information with all things related to healing cancer, and as a closing question she asked, “Are you doing Vitamin C infusions?”   My answer was ‘no’  – they had been on my list of course but always either out of reach geographically, financially or as with the last few years out of the radius of my ‘importancy list’.  There was always something else to buy…..vitamins and supplements topped the wish list…..costing a small fortune I might add!

A great burst of joy entered my heart when the lady, whom I later came to know with great reverance as Dottie, finalized the conversation by saying in her ‘quite direct and to the point manner’, “well my dear, when the packet arrives see which doctor on our list appeals to you and we will see if we can’t help you to have your vitamin C infusions…..”
As fate would have it more positive news would come a few weeks later when Dorothy Crowther, another stalwart spirit from the Wirral Holistic Therapeutic Cancer Care Services, put me in touch with Together Against Cancer. Christmas had indeed arrived early it seems!…….

Amongst the myriad of really useful information they sent me I found the list of doctors and instictively chose The Vision of Hope Clinic in Brighton, I suppose because I had often seen their website advertised in the ICON magazine, and through Yes to Life.  After an initial telephone conversation with Dr. Andre Snell Young who runs the clinic, I reported back to Dottie and she kindly invited me to Brighton for a course of vitamin C infusions.

I am quite a shy person underneath what may seem to others as ‘an outgoing personality’, and setting out for Brighton was not something I embarked upon easily, knowing that at the other end of the journey, strangers awaited and more- I was to be indebted to them for their generous help, but once on the train from Liverpool to Brighton via London, I began immediately to feel a little more confident about the choices I was making.  It was still little more than a few weeks since my surgery, and I was feeling quite stretched in all the wrong places, and still dealing with an open wound where the scarline had not quite knitted together.  The train journey brought back memories of when I was first diagnosed, in 2001,  and Rosella Loginotti, www.bellarosella.com, a wonderful healer I had met by chance had kindly invited me down to London to visit a psychic healer she knew.  Once again I had responded to the kindness of strangers, and we have remained close friends ever since.  But I do remember how very weak I had felt on that journey….newly diagnosed and still in the fear mode of possibly going to drop dead at any moment because I hadn’t followed the doctors orders and agreed to chemotherapy and radiation.  I had not yet discovered the blessed coffee enema, but was eating the Garden of Eden in terms of nutrients. Those first months of detoxification were the worse until my body started to appreciate a new burst of health, and fear subsided.

Back to 2012 :  From Brighton station I hopped on a local bus and arrived 15 minutes later at the Vision of Hope clinic, located in a big old house.  I was a little weary from the early morning start from Liverpool but received a warm welcome and after  discussing my case with Dr. Andre, I was hooked up to an IV drip for my long awaited vitamin C.  I was receiving a fairly low dose of 20gms and so it was all quite easy-going, with only the initial sting of the pinprick to tolerate.   There were plenty of books to browse through and several other patients on varying degrees of infusions, so as per usual a general eagerness from patients to swap information.  Quite different from the orthodox waiting rooms where I’ve usually found folk either quite tight-lipped about initiating conversation, or astounded at my choice of action.  I noticed that everyone had come supplied with mounds of fresh food and a concoction of healthy snacks as had I.

Two hours later  Dottie arrived at the clinic to pick me up.  What a bright spark she is in person……and insistent on making my stay as stress free as possible, she drove me to the apartment that the charity has for short stay guests.  After dropping off my bag and freshening up a bit it was a brisk walk with Dottie along the sea front of Brighton.  I can’t tell you how good the sea air felt, and after a delicious vegan meal it was back to the flat where Dottie’s healing hands and wise guidance left me ready for a good night’s sleep.  I’m not used to being served but Dottie is not someone you say ‘no’ to…..so I fell in line with the plan and accepted a lovely smoothie and porridge for breakfast and after another brisk walk along the seafront, I was dropped back at the clinic armed with several books and a care package to nibble on the journey back.  At the clinic I had the second infusion and before I knew it I was back on the train to London feeling very much better and with the order that I was to be repeating this every month…….I have always believed in miracles and having faith in one’s decisions I feel to be paramount to success.

So that is what I have been doing since July…..and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this special gift to my wellbeing.  Each visit to the clinic and indeed into Dottie’s caring embrace has served to build my self confidence immensely.  It is inspiring to meet others undertaking to heal their bodies naturally, most of them I might add after being sadly disillusioned by the orthodox treatment they had received prior to this decision.

Giving back to society by inspiring others is something that has always been a part of me it seems.  Even before the cancer, through my practice of Jyorei, my acting work and my art;  I have found that there is a kind of spiritual magic available when one appreciates and gives gratitude for the blessings along the way.  I don’t know how best to describe it really……but I know it has a deep connection to FAITH, and this goes beyond any one religion…..I mean the kind of Faith that surpasseth all understanding…….Well with that I think we shall call it a day….I have been spending so much time writing lately that my paint brush is calling for attention since I always like to have a ready supply of inspiration touchstones on hand!