By Mikki Meisner

I had my first diagnosis of cervical & uterine cancer when I was 28. I have been on a journey of personal transformation ever since. Oddly, cancer was one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given.

I remember blankly staring at the almighty Dr. who told me I would never have any more children and thinking, “Who do you think you are?” (**Expletives removed)

Inside I was riddled with fear and as I sat there holding my 6-week-old baby barely listening to him rambling about chemo and radiation – I simply felt cold. And tired. So very very tired. 

And yet somehow some part of me had the energy to rebel. To look at that Dr. and that system of taking peoples’ own healing power away and say no.  And so began the healing journey…

At the time, I didn’t even know if I wanted more children, but the thought of having that option stripped from me awakened something in me that has only gathered force as the years went by. 

I wanted to choose how I approached my healing.

And wow have I learned a lot since then! 

Healing is a journey.

And a battle. 

I had a wonderful naturopathic dr. who walked me through changing my diet, and introduced me to the ways of natural healing. Practically everything in my normal diet (Standard American Diet or “SAD” diet) was wrong. This was really hard for me, but I didn’t like the thought of allopathic approach, (Hormone therapy and hair loss? NO THANKS!) so I surrendered to the process of natural healing and began the work.

 I found another mentor who taught me the science and art of herbalism. I scoured through books and websites and learned how to grow, cultivate, and wildcraft my own food, and my own herbal medicine. I took a course in herbology. I found God. Like I said, healing is a journey…..

I realized that this was really me learning to love my body. To give myself this gift of nourishment I had never had. Most of the path towards health for me was mental. I realized that I was struggling with a lot of mental baggage as well as body toxicity. When they say holistic – it really is WHOLE BODY mind and spirit. I realized that for the most part, I was responsible for the state of my health. And if I was willing to take the responsibility of getting myself there, then I had the power to get myself out of there. I found that when you are standing at those pearly gates with your enema bag, it has a tendency to change your perspective. I will say, I look at life a lot differently now. 

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