I am an individual who has always been interested in healing the human soul both emotionally and spiritually. It was a little more than three years ago that my attention was drawn to the cause of disease in the physical body.
Near the end of July 2009 I became very ill. I felt constant fatigue. Just getting out of bed was a chore for me. Within a few days of becoming sick, I developed a large lump on my neck close to my collar bone. I despise going to doctor's offices' and checkup appointments, but because I knew something abnormal was happening with my body I decided to go to the Instacare. I explained to the doctor what was going on and he was very brief. He told me I needed to go see an ENT specialist about the lump on my neck and then prescribed me antibiotics. It bothered me a great deal that he would give me pharmaceutical drugs when he couldn't diagnose my problem.
A few weeks later I sat in an ENT doctor's office. During the exam he asked me questions about my symptoms and then immediately ordered a chest x-ray, CT scan and biopsy. I am grateful for this specialist because he showed me what it means to care about your profession and your patients.
On August 31, 2009 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma Disease. Even though I knew something wasn't right, I was not expecting to be told that I had cancer. I was shocked, emotional, distressed and didn't know what to expect. Within a matter of minutes, maybe even seconds, a peaceful serenity enveloped me and I knew that this was not my time to go.
My experience with various doctors, having cancer and going through chemotherapy treatments has led me on a journey I never expected to travel. What it has done for me is given my life direction, unconditional love for mankind, and healing. It has given me a passion to share with others that everyone has options to choose beyond conventional medical practice and that's something I didn't have.
My life's direction now is to create a space of healing, peace and compassion for individuals in their own lives on both a physical and spiritual level.
NOTE: This is my entrance essay I wrote for admittance to Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2011.