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A Cancer Survivor Story: The Power of Will

Aug 31, 2007
I learned the power of will during my cancer journey through a very unusual process: I called it "Shower Sequencing". Since the cancer was in my neck and tonsil it was important to keep the lymph moving there. I discovered that a method of creating movement in the lymph was to first run hot water from the shower over each side of my neck for 30 seconds and then cold water for 30 seconds! For some reason I chose to do this just before I went to sleep!

I would lean my head back, exposing my neck to the shower and go thru the sequence of hot and cold 12 times. Counting in my head 30 seconds for hot and then cold. I did this for three and half years, every night. During the spring and summer it wasn't difficult but come late fall and winter, it was brutal! The water got considerably colder. And this is where I discovered the "power of will".

I can remember so many times during those cold months, standing under that cold shower late at night and being one second away from bailing out. It was just to damn cold! I would say things in my head like, "I'll just skip it tonight." Or "I'll cut it down to 15 seconds increments tonight, give it a rest". We all know the process of excuses! But I just reached down inside of myself and found a toughness I didn't know was there and hung in there and I came to understand the power of "will".

After I was done, I always felt I had accomplished something--feeling a sense of victory: "I did it!" Of course, the girlfriend was never too happy when I got into bed! Because for some reason I always finished the "sequencing" on the cold water! Maybe I enjoyed making her an unwilling partner in my suffering! "No, sweetie, my doctor said it was important to finish on the cold." (I am pretty sure he said that!).

If you're going through a journey with any kind of illness there are going to come moments when you don't want to do something. You must "cowboy or cowgirl up" and do it! It will teach you about your own strength which is so much greater than you can imagine. And learning about your strength will empower your healing. Sometimes how we heal is a healing in of itself. I not only helped my lymph to continue to move but strengthened my spirit.

As I write this and think back to those moments under the shower, I remember that I also learned about surrender. Sometimes I would let go and just surrender myself to the cold. I would disengage my thoughts. I let go of the thought that the cold water was uncomfortable and I became friends with it. The cold on my skin felt almost luxurious. The power of thought is always there to help us.

So my warrior brothers and warrior sisters, I encourage you to always try and find the gifts during your journey. It will truly change the journey.
About the Author
Gregory Drambour is the author of THE WOODSTOCK BRIDGE, the well-acclaimed book about Native American Spirituality. He is the owner of Sedona Sacred Journeys;a spiritual retreat business in Sedona, Arizona. For more
inspirational stories
go to:http://sedona-spiritual-vacations.com
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