When I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer at age 27, I was led to new paths in health that I was completely unaware of before I got sick. Because I didn’t receive treatment at a hospital with an integrative medicine department, it was up to me to find resources outside of conventional medicine to support my healing. This is still true even as I walk in my survivorship. When you are diagnosed with something like cancer, you will do anything to save your life. I remember spending hours on the internet trying to find information on how things like nutrition, meditation and forms of body work would help alleviate my treatment side effects and prevent recurrence. I am so grateful for the many people in my life whose personal and professional wisdom and work in holistic medicine have supported me in healing and changed my life. I’m also grateful for the many other young women I’ve connected with over the years who reach out to me with questions on these topics - the most common being, “where do I begin?”
Finding holistic health resources can feel like a full time job. It’s even more challenging when you’re navigating it alone. To try and be of service, I’ve been working on some new projects to hopefully help bridge this gap — this podcast is one of them.
I’m not an integrative medical doctor, and I can’t make medical recommendations. But as a young survivor and licensed yoga therapist, I can share with you resources and experiences from this perspective that have changed my life. And through the lens of yoga — an ancient practice with the philosophy that the wisdom and answers you are seeking are already within you — I trust that if you’re interested in finding ways to support your health outside of conventional medicine, you’ll know what resonates for you because healing is innate. It comes from within. YOU are the healer.
It is often true, too, that trying one modality will lead you to another and another. Holism. The beauty of integrative medicine and holistic healing is that it’s not a one size fits all approach. What works for some may not work for others. Even on a healing path things change and shift because that’s the nature of life.
These resources are in no way meant to serve as a replacement for conventional medical treatments. We need and can learn from both. It should also be noted that creating new patterns to make healthy lifestyle choices is really hard at times! Do you know how many times I tried to be vegan and then ate cheese? All of this life is a practice. What matters the most is the love and kindness we show ourselves along the way. This, too, isn’t always easy. I think Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen says it best: “The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life.”
I created The Whole Healing Podcast as a way to share some of the wisdom, gifts and resources that have been given to me from people along the way.
May these conversations be in service of your health and healing.
With love and gratitude,