Cancer, Kindness, My Cancer Journey

A Thought Around Health Care Providers

I have been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good health care provider and I am sure that there are many aspects but what comes to mind for me first and foremost, are KINDNESS & COMPASSION!

Since my recent diagnosis of Colon Cancer I have seen a lot of health care pros in various settings and when I see the kind ones, I always tell them how much I appreciate their kindness.

There have been so many that I have seen lately from Surgeons, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Naturopathic Doctors, Oncologists, Anesthesiologists, Physiotherapists and the list goes on. I take every chance I get to thank them for what they do and for their kindness and compassion.

I recently expressed to my oncologist whom I just met, that I thank him for his chosen career as I cannot imagine how challenging and difficult it is to be in his role. I also told him that he was very kind. He thanked me and said that my words were inspiring and that indeed that is probably the biggest reason people get into the health care field is because they are kind and compassionate and want to help, which made my heart smile. I can honestly say that I actually had compassion for him!

I can see how it would be very easy to burn out as the years go by, but of course there are rewards too but this blog post is not about that, it is just about my appreciation of kindness, compassion and confidentiality as well. It is so important for a patient to feel safe, and cared for, especially when in a newly vulnerable state which may include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual vulnerabilities and fears.

Cancer is a diagnosis like none other and until you have experienced it, you cannot describe the experience which is also very individual and different for each person but I can pretty well guarantee that there are a lot of similar terrifying emotions and thoughts that people generally experience. And this is where that kindness becomes extra important.

And we all have a role in being kind. I am being showered with so much love and support from so many people and I cannot express to you how WONDERFUL this feels to me! I say it is the wind beneath my healing wings and I so believe it. I am learning how to receive and it feels good. I am so grateful that there are people in my life to support me.

I have often talked in business groups and when I have been a guest on a radio show for example, the importance of building a network and that even in our personal life we require networks…. these help us in times of need and we can in turn be an important part of a support network for others. This is the gift of life and of caring and of kindness, empathy and compassion.

How Might You Help Those That You Care About?

On another note, I will be doing a future blog post about ways you can help those people in your life who are going through a scary diagnosis like cancer. It is a delicate state of affairs and there are ways to support that include holding the appropriate space and balance between supporting and matching what the person wants or needs. I am hoping that my insights might be helpful to others because I know that this whole thing can be very awkward. It is similar to not knowing what to say to console someone grieving…. anyhow stay tuned for that one.

And in closing thank you to all of the kind and caring health professionals and everyday ordinary people who make a difference in others people’s lives every day just by being kind. I LOVE YOU ALL!

Cancer, My Cancer Journey, yoga

Yoga, Surgery, & My Cancer Diagnosis

So my life recently changed this past March when I learned that I had Colon Cancer. You can read my blog post around that here:

On April 16th I had surgery to remove a cancerous mass that was blocking my colon and it went very well. I am healing from the surgery magnificently as I suspected I would πŸ™‚

One of the things that I was really grateful for while at the hospital was that I have been doing daily yoga for the past 3.5 years.

This really helped me to be able to get out of bed and walk around even right on the first night after the surgery. It is important to get up and get moving so that one does not get blood clots. Every time I was able to get myself out of bed by myself reminded me of my gratitude for my yoga which has helped me so much in my flexibility and core strength.

Keep in mind that I have a wound from my pubic bone right up and through my belly button. It was around a 6 hour surgery and it was a big deal so I am grateful that I have healed so quickly as far as the surgery went and that I had the strength and flexibility to get myself moving so quickly. Seven days post op I was out driving and picking up groceries πŸ™‚

I am already back to doing my daily yoga and am reminded that small efforts when it comes to our health really do make a difference.

I am excited to continue to share with you insights I have as I go along on this new journey. I take one day at a time and I rest when I need to. I also focus on things that bring me JOY and make me happy and blogging does this for me so stay tuned my friends πŸ™‚ There is more to come!

Have a great day everyone!

Oh and I am back here editing this because people are asking me what I use for yoga. And I love Gaia! There are amazing yoga routines, movies, documentaries, mediations and more. You can check it out here:

Cancer, healing

Healing With Ease

“Remember that ‘ease’ is the opposite of ‘disease’ …. let go…let it flow… let healing happen with EASE..” Maggie Holbik

Healing & Disease

When we think of the word disease it means the lack of ease. So with that said, healing of any kind can benefit from ‘ease’… the opposite of disease.

What are some ways to add ease to your healing?

  1. Let go.…. this is one of the first ways. Let go of the resistance to whatever is ailing you. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with something, or you have had an accident or set-back of some type, just relax and learn to lean into the acceptance of what is. We waste precious energy when we use it to try and analyze why something is happening to us or why we are not liking what is happening.

Our energies would be better spent focused on our healing and on allowing our healing to happen instead of using our precious energy stores to feel victimized or getting into the ‘why me’s’ πŸ™‚

2. Know and believe that healing can be easy. For example, I am writing this blog post 2 weeks and 2 days post abdominal surgery where I have an incision from my pubic bone and up past my belly button and it has healed beautifully! Thirty five staples were removed two days ago and my wound is doing great.. perfectly healed and continuing to heal beautifully and with ease! I totally believe my body is amazing and that it can heal with ease and grace and it responds as such!

3. Trust. Trust in the divine process of healing and rejuvination. Our bodies are magnificent. The whole magnificance of creation is a miracle in itself, so why would we not continue to be a miracle throughout our entire lifetime?

When we trust in life itself, we trust in the power of our bodies, minds and spirits to heal. Trust is like a magic wand commanding it to be so. πŸ™‚ Use trust along with ease and you will activate powerful healing forces that are available to and for you!

Cancer, Fruit, Nutrition

Fruit Soup You Say? I say YES!

If you follow me at all when it comes to my nutritional beliefs you will know that I am a lover of fruit and becoming even more so.

I read an article yesterday talking about the body needing natural sugars and when it doesn’t get what it needs, it can cause cells to divide. You know what that means… Cancer! Now I am not going to go into any scientific references here because this is simply me talking about how much I believe in fruit to give us nourishment, nutrients and the natural sugars we need. I have written about this many times.

Today I wanted to share with you my fruit hack that is both pleasing to eat and better yet kid and hubby approved, which is why I now simply make a good sized pot of it later in the morning and leave it on the stove for that moment when my hungry daughter walks through the door after school and when hubby pops in the house sometime in the afternoon as he usually does. This of course, after I eat my delicious bowl of deliciousness. πŸ™‚

Today’s ‘Fruit Soup’ as I call it has blueberries (always wild blueberries), chopped cantaloupe, a chopped apple from the neighbor’s apple tree, two mashed frozen bananas and some maple syrup. I do not have a daily recipe and anything goes. It is soup remember? lol and in soup anything that you have on hand works in this case. Today I threw in the maple syrup because I’m guessing that apple from the neighbor’s tree was a tad sour.

Throw everything together in a pot and simmer it down and then it’s done. It is just enJOY time then. And it is ALWAYS good. Everytime I eat it I feel my body saying “Wow this is amazing!”

Here are a few pics of the raw chopped start and then the simmered down result.

Raw chopped fruit
Cooked Fruit Soup always Yummy!

I hope you too start incorporating more of this life giving, life saving, body loving, nutritious, and delicious fruit into your daily diet.

Here are some links to more fruit advocacy posts if you want to dig deeper … Oh and one for my banana hack too. πŸ™‚ That’s handy for sure. πŸ™‚

Banana Hack

Sugar Addiction & Cravings

Cancer, Cancer Prevention, Detoxing, Stress

Cancer Prevention & Best Practices

We all know cancer is an epidemic and is running rampant in our world. I bet we have all been touched by cancer in some way. Whether ourselves personally, our loved ones, friends, or even our connections through social media and the world at large. It used to be a scary “C” word that was rarer to hear about, but now it is very common.

We are living in a toxic world with many variables and at times it can feel overwhelming when it comes to cancer prevention and the overall betterment of our health in general, but the good news is that there are things that we can do! Here are a few ideas that are easy to incorporate into our lives. And these are things we can do whether we have cancer or we are looking to prevent cancer.

  1. Reduce our exposure to toxic products. We live in a world full of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, toxic air fresheners, toxic cleaners, colognes, fragrances, heavy metals, toxic food, and more. The more we can sub out these types of products and threats and eliminate using them or being exposed to them the better.

2. Stay HydratedΒ One of the biggest health challenges is that most people are very dehydrated, all the way from young children to the elderly and in between. This is a very serious health challenge. Dehydration means that we are not moving out the toxins as easily and that we are getting thick blood. We do NOT want thick blood. No, No, No! I have written about thick blood in a prior blog post that you can read here:Β 

Blog Post on Toxic BloodΒ 

3. Increase Our intake of Fruits & Veggies

There are so many reasons to increase our fruit and veggies intake and hydration is one of them. Fruits especially help to both hydrate and nourish the cells and organs as well as providing the natural sugars our livers and brains need to function. Think of your liver in particular. The fruits help it to function better and to be able to filter out toxins and get them out of the body. And don’t forget about the amazing micro-nutrients fruits and veggies provide like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more!

If you are interested in more details on the best foods and why for cancer prevention, here is a link to a detailed article by Marni Clark. Marni is a breast cancer expert and coach, and I enjoy her work immensely. Here is the link:

Marnie Clark Article

4. Lower Your Stress

I really believe that there are 3 cornerstones to good health

. Eating functional and whole foods

. Exercise and

. Lowering Stress

Lowering stress means lowering the stress on the body as in toxic exposure, overwork, tiredness, abuse, as well as all of the mental stress we often refer to. Stress is much more complicated than we think of usually. When you think of stress, think of it like a rope. When too much stress is put on a rope, or the rope becomes frail and weak, it breaks!!! That is about as simple as it gets, so do whatever you can do reduce stress. I have written blogs posts on dealing with stress. You can find them here:

Stress Hack

Easy Ways to Lower StressΒ 

5. Peace of Mind

Try and find ways to incorporate more peace of mind in your life. This may involve things like forgiving yourself and others, letting go of the little things, releasing judgments, taking walks in nature and just anything that allows you to ‘feel’ better from moment to moment. If you need to get some help, never be afraid of stepping up to the plate when it comes to getting counseling, therapy, life coaching, or something of that nature. There are people who are there just for that purpose… to help. A great resource that I have come across is called “Life Coach Library” and it is a service online where clients and coaches can find a match for each other. Here is the link for that service if you are interested.

If you need help forgiving yourself and/or others you may find this helpful:

6. Exercise & Movement

We all know that exercise and movement are hugely important to our health but when it comes to prevention of illnesses like cancer, exercise really helps to move the lymphatic system, which helps the body to clean up intercellular waste and remove toxins. This is very, very important, especially for prevention and in the case of a cancer patient having lymph nodes removed. It is then even more important to assist the body in moving the lymphatic fluid to encourage drainage of the intercellular waste.

At our wellness centre “Superior Shores Wellness” in Thunder Bay we offer a service to help with lymphatic drainage and movement. It is especially beneficial for those who don’t get a lot of movement for whatever reason or for those who have had lymph nodes removed as in the case of breast cancer. The service we provide is ‘Whole Body Vibration’ where the client stands on a base plate and using the vibration technology to vibrate the entire body. Wherever you live, if you can take advantage of a service like this, I highly recommend it.

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Just walking also helps to move the lymphatics and helps to calm the mind as well as a host of other health benefits. A walk every day can have huge benefits!!!!
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I hope you find these ideas helpful. As I write about often, when it comes to health, try not to think in terms of deprivation ie. what you can’t have or do, but turn it around to simply “What can I add in more of today that is good for my health?”. Just try to keep adding in more and more until eventually the scales themselves shift and you have naturally shifted to more good things. Keep it simple. Simple works.

 

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer & Coach, and member in good standing of the Canadian Natural Nutrition Practitioners (CANNP). Maggie loves to help people to improve their wellness of body, mind and spirit. Simple strategies can have huge impacts. Contact Maggie below to inquire about any of her services or with any questions you may have or to sign up to her email list for her monthly newsletter. Also feel free to en-JOY Maggie’s other blogs.

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Cancer, healing, Sun, Sunshine

🌞 The ‘Soul’er Power of the Sun 🌞

cutting board sun

My Mother taught me the lesson of how the sun can disinfect and kill germs, viruses and bacteria. To this day I put my cutting boards out in the sun to disinfect them.  A friend and I were talking the other day about her Mother’s stories from her youth in Italy and how they would wash their clothes in the river and then put them on the riverbank to dry and get ‘bleached by the sun’.

I am now  getting  a deep knowing and understanding of how important the sun is. I was listening to a video from “The Truth About Cancer” and they were discussing how our cells are full of light and when there is cancer in the cells, they are dark. Our cells need light just as much as they need oxygen and water….. just like …. wait for it…..

Plants!

radishsnip

No wonder living foods that have both grown from and captured the sunlight and water to develop are good for us! We are the same composition and we also thrive and heal and grow from the sun and water and oxygen. It just make sense! We are light beings.

It is very important for us to get sunlight’s ultraviolet rays. They are magical indeed. 🌞 When I look at fruits and vegetables Β now, I see them in a whole new ‘light’ pun intended. πŸ™‚ They are full of the healing rays that we Β need. We need to eat these for vibrant health and we need to be exposed to these beautiful, healing rays of goodness.

There are countries that use the sunlight 🌞 to disinfect the drinking water so that they have water to drink. Both sun 🌞 and water are very important for us. Unfortunately toxic sun screens often block the very rays we need to survive and thrive.

I personally am incorporating more sunlight into my wellness protocol as well as the regular use of my Far Infrared Hot House Dome.

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A lack of sunlight can lead to clinical depression as well. There are countless reasons why we need sunlight and let us not forget how wonderful it feels to drink in those rays. I am sending sunlight and joy to all of you today and I hope your cells are dancing in the love!

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