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by Jahnel Bailey, Contributing Writer


Facing a health challenge of any size can be scary. A diagnosis can be intimidating. So often we jump right into fear and hyper focus on the things we don’t want to occur. It can leave us feeling hopeless, overwhelmed and powerless. What if you could navigate a medical challenge with a sense of wellbeing and empowerment? What if you could increase your chance for the best possible outcomes in your treatment? It is possible!


1. Get self centered When my diagnosis came, I was a single mother, small business owner, Chairperson of the first gala fundraiser at my son’s school and Team Mom for my son’s POP Warner football team. My time was not my own. I was always running to or from something. I was stretched very thin and more anxious and stressed than even I knew. When the doctor asked about starting my treatment a few days from my initial visit, my first thought was “What do I have going on that day? Can I squeeze it in?”

Does this sound familiar? Do you spend your time and energy pouring into others and putting your own needs on the back burner? STOP!

I quickly realized there was nothing more important than my life and being around to raise my son. I had to make my SELF and my LIFE the top priority. In order to have energy for your healing, you have to focus on things that rebuild, restore and revitalize Y-O-U.

2. Listen to your doctors AND your body

Having the right team of doctors is important. You must have confidence in their expertise and peace of mind that they have your best interest at the forefront. Your doctors will recommend medication or procedures to correct symptoms that you’re having or to prevent them. Their recommendations, however, will be based on scientific data and statistics. This is where your own brand of expertise comes into play: knowing your body. You must be an active participant in your healing. To do that you have to tune in and listen to what your body is saying: What does it need? What does it want? What doesn’t it want?

During my chemotherapy treatments, my doctors recommended a treatment to boost my immune system, medicine to counteract side effects of that treatment, medicine to prevent nausea, as well as other medicines to take as needed for other symptoms and side effects. I followed the recommendation until my body let me know it was too much medicine. I found that:

  • It needed less medicine
  • It needed lots of water
  • It wanted activity
  • It wanted fresh air
  • It did NOT want meat
  • 3. Get to the root

    When you pull up a weed, you’ve got to get the root to ensure it doesn’t come back. Cancer is a battle you must fight physically and spiritually. Soul work is essential. Spending time in contemplation to gain awareness about the root of your circumstance: How did I get here? What emotions/feelings/hurts have I been holding on to? What behaviors/decisions/choices brought me to this place in my life? Everything begins with thought. Thoughts that are fed and nurtured over time will build enough energy until they manifest in the physical. Spend time reflecting on the thoughts or beliefs about yourself or life that created your experience.

    4. Get in integrity

    Once you identify the root of your current experience, own it. Take accountability for your past choices. Identify the situations and people that no longer support where you are going. Thank them for their service and release them in peace. Choose new thoughts/beliefs that support who you are now and where you are going. This process allows you to be honest with yourself which allows you to be honest in the world. When your thoughts, words and actions align so that you show up the same way everywhere you go, you are in integrity.

    5. Accentuate the positive

    By being positive in the face of my challenge, I found that I was able to thrive in spite of circumstances. In an article on positive thinking Harvard Business Review refers to the “happiness advantage”. hbr.org/2012/01/positive-intelligence) Put in the simplest terms, people with a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenges. So I say play it up!

  • Find or create positive affirmations: e.g. I am healthy, whole and complete!
  • Do activities you love and make your heart sing.
  • Have an attitude of gratitude.
  • Envision an exciting future. Give yourself something to look forward to.
  • Find people who will support you and feed the positive mindset and attitude you cultivate (rather than focusing on negativity)
  • My specific diagnosis was breast cancer, but you can apply these keys regardless of the health challenge you face. It’s no accident that you found this site and this article. Don’t be like the man who was stuck on his rooftop in a flood: He was praying to God for help. Soon a person in a rowboat came by and shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you." The stranded man shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me." So the rowboat went on. Then a motorboat came by. The people in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, we can save you." The man on the roof said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith." So the motorboat went on. Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety." But the man on the roof again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith." So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

    Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. When he finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, he exclaimed, "I had faith in you but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!" To this God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter and you refused all of them."

    I pray that you will benefit from my experience. Embrace your healing journey and thrive in spite of your circumstances.

    Facing a health challenge of any size can be scary.
    Jahnel Bailey
    DrStandley.com Contributing Writer

    JahnÚl encourages and inspires people to live their best lives. She is a reiki master and natural born cheerleader. Her blog www.alignedandonpurpose.com is dedicated to motivating and elevating people in mind, body and spirit.


    **This web site's goal is to provide you with information that may be useful in attaining optimal health. Nothing in it is meant as a prescription or as medical advice. You should check with your physician before implementing any changes in your exercise or lifestyle habits, especially if you have physical problems or are taking medications of any kind.