Thursday, 10 January 2008

The Power Of The Blog...

I must admit I have found blogging about things going on in my life lately, an outlet that has added so much joy and therefore healing into my life. I have had contact with the most wonderful women, Bella, Meg, Jena, Bete and many others whom are always listed in my 'Inspiration' column on the right, I am sure I would not have had an opportunity to talk with or connect to these amazing people if it were not for blogging. I thought I would find it very difficult to blog about my experiences with cancer and all that goes with it, and at times I do feel a bit more vulnerable than at others and I do wonder about whether I have been too graphic (more graphic content is intended), or perhaps made people feel a bit uncomfortable by sharing some fairly heavy stuff. Still, I have run with it in spite of these negative thoughts, I still have a lot to say and have decided I will continue! I have come to the decision that it's not up to me to worry about how other people react to my story, if it makes anyone uncomfortable or is a little confronting then they do not have to read it, we all have choices, thankfully. I need to do this as part of my healing, I have been so encouraged by the contact I have been lucky enough to have had with brave, talented, truly awesome women, this is a part of the journey that I didn't foresee, a part that makes this writing on my blog a real, sacred space for me, giving me something far more valuable than I would have thought possible. It feels to me as though the Universe or God, or a higher power of some description or that quite probably defies description, has taken my hand and guided me right here to this very place. It is one of the 'Silver Linings' I have talked about previously. It has opened me up in delightful new ways, filled me with a comfort I couldn't have imagined, it has given me access to a wealth of wisdom and heart and strength, a pool of these things at my finger tips for whenever I need to dip in! I can go right over to Meg's and begin reading and find myself thinking, smiling, laughing, crying - feeling, then pop over to Jena's and find so much of worth there, things I didn't even know I needed right then and there, things of wonder. Then, over to Bella's and I find kinship in the strength and power of this woman whom has battled and lives to tell the tale and how she tells it! Bete from Portugal who has reached out to me with her knowledge of Reiki, wanting to help me feel well. So very many wonderful women sharing their stories, sharing their hearts, putting it all out there to share! I am so very glad they do as it has been invaluable to me. Each day has felt easier for me because they take the time to put down their stories and thoughts for others to read. I could not have imagined, way back when I first heard about blogging, that it would have this affect on me and be such a valuable resource to me and to my healing. It also encourages me to keep sharing as you never know who it will touch and perhaps just help a little, which is why I decided to start writing about this journey I'm on in the first place, to perhaps support others going through similar to me and instead, as is often the way, it has helped me so very much.


  1. Jen - I include you on the list of wonders and inspirers. It is indeed an honor and a bit of magic, this whole cyber-community business. Glad you're keeping at it. It keeps me going, too, you know.

    xo Jena

  2. Its amazing how the universe works...isn't it. So glad to have found you too.xo

  3. Hi Jen,

    I agree with Jena, you blog till your hearts content it that's what makes you happy and keeps you going then "You Go Girl"

    Keep up blogging I love reading and find you an inspiration.

    Love Deb Ross xxxx

  4. I feel the same way. coming here feeds me and your words bring life.
    To come to know people I otherwise never would have is a gift I did not anticipate when I began blogging. It is amazing.
    Keep writing with honesty and depth and claiming your voice, which is wise and human. this is for you, your words.
    And I am simply the grateful witness.

  5. Hi Jen,

    I read this article on William Rand's site. I found it very important and interesting.
    We're all on the same planet we all need help, a friendly word, a hug, we are human and we have our lives and moments of indecision and sadness, some dark thoughts appear, the soul sometimes is heavy, etc... Reiki entered in my life in 2001 and since then I've become another person, more "happy", more confident in life. I've started to enjoy life in a healthy way I can say; it is not paradise but now I can face life in a more comprehensive way: the way I deal with my fears and obstacles, the loss and in the relationships too. I'm stronger to face the challenges and I feel I have "to spread the word" because if it is good to me it can be good to anyone who wants to try it.

    Cancer, Surgery and . . . Reiki

    By Kathie Lipinski, R.N.

    Everyone knows someone who has experienced cancer. Most people have had to undergo surgery at least one time in their lives. In this article, I would like to share a different way to go through the experience of cancer and, or, surgery.

    Both cancer and surgery (and even just the thought of them) can evoke feelings of fear . . . fear of death, fear of disfigurement, and fear of the loss of the lifestyle that one is currently living. The knowledge of having to undergo surgery, or receiving a diagnosis of cancer, is a total experience that involves feelings, thoughts, physical sensations, as well as questioning of one's connection to a higher power.

    The western medical way is to treat the symptoms or "cut out" the problem. These solutions put the body further out of balance because the body has to adjust to the new medicine and its side effects, or the removal of a part of the body thus changing the way it functions. The "cure" often creates more problems for the person to deal with then what they were first experiencing. For example, chemotherapy or radiation treatments are necessary poisons to the body and create their own miseries.

    A different way to approach the experience of surgery or a cancer diagnosis and treatment is to consider the use of Reiki. As an ancient eastern healing technique, Reiki works to put the body back into balance. It works on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realms of each experience. Reiki can calm the emotions, decrease or remove physical pain, calm the anxious and chattering mind and help one to reconnect with their spirituality. It also helps to cleanse the body of toxins and speed up and strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. It can make the experience of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery, more tolerable.

    In my private practice I see many people with cancer: in the early stages, before surgery, during chemotherapy or radiation treatment, and after surgery. I also see people who are preparing for different types of surgery.

    Several women have come to me in "preparing" for a hysterectomy with hopes of making it a better experience. How this works is that a person comes for several Reiki treatments before surgery. This puts the body in the best shape. It is like a cleansing or strengthening of the system before the "injury" of surgery.

    People that have had "pre-op" Reiki treatments, have found that they have less pain, minimal blood loss during the surgery, and are up on their feet soon after surgery.

    They also experience little or no pain. They then continue with Reiki treatments for several weeks after surgery, which speeds up and supports the healing process. On their follow-up doctors' visits, their physicians often comment "how fast you healed. Whatever you did, keep it up." The people I have worked with that are currently undergoing chemotherapy, or radiation treatment, have told me that the Reiki treatments help them feel better.

    Reiki can help release the toxins of their treatment and lessen their discomfort. Reiki can also calm their emotions, help them to deal with the fatigue, and strengthen them so that they can "keep on keeping on" during the difficult time. Some people have even told me that after a Reiki treatment, the nausea and vomiting is less. A Reiki treatment is also good for the caregiver or support person. Reiki can help them stay strong for their loved ones.

    The effect that energy healing can have on a person undergoing heart surgery or radical lifesaving procedures, was written about in the book "Hands of Life" by Julie Motz. Ms. Motz is an energy healer that has worked in the Operating Room in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City with Dr. Metmet Oz, a heart surgeon. They were first written up in the New York Times in August of 1995, for the extraordinary "synthesis of high-tech medicine and ancient healing wisdom."

    In the book, Ms. Motz offers the prospective of how "totally unprepared the body seems to be for what is happening to it." And, "no one has thanked the body, either in parts or as a whole, for its courage in undergoing this ordeal." This is another way to look at the experience. So, if you are about to undergo surgery, or are preparing for the treatment of cancer, think about your body. How can you strengthen it, support it, and help it heal from the upcoming experience? Why not think about the ancient healing practice known as Reiki? Your body, your mind, and your spirit, will thank you for loving it enough to support it through the process.

    Kathie Lipinski is a Center Licensed Reiki Master, and a registered nurse. She currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky