Cancer Journey – Post Surgery

The first few days after surgery passed in a fog – I was heavily sedated but comfortable at home. I was surrounded by love and friendship and took my time to heal the wound and recover from complete anesthesia. I didn’t realize how big of an impact complete anesthesia can have on a person. I was healing very quickly, so about three weeks after surgery, I felt well enough...

Cancer Journey – Surgery cont’d

Depending on the tumor and its location, there may be different types of surgery that are applicable. Perhaps the most common type of surgery for tumors is the most invasive; this involves full anesthesia and a few hours on the operating table. Fortunately, with new discoveries being made all the time there are now more alternative surgeries available which are less invasive and may not involve full anesthesia. There...

Cancer Journey cont’d – Surgery

The next step for those of us who are dealing with tumors (carcinomas or some sarcomas) is surgery. Now the dreaded world that we call “the cancer journey” has opened to us: but the reality is that we do not know what is in store for us – we just know that it is dreaded by everyone. So now we anxiously wait for the day of the operation. When...

The time of Diagnosis cont’d

After an agonizing time of waiting, we are asked finally to do a biopsy (in case of tumors). This is the only test that gives 100% certainty, but it is also the most expensive one. As we leave the doctor’s office after, the dreaded words: “It is Cancer!” still ring in our ears. But many people hear something different – they hear “Death is coming now!” Now comes the...

The time of Diagnosis

In this blog, we will consider the first stage of the cancer journey – diagnosis. We live somewhat balanced lives, with long and short-term plans and think that we know where we are going! However, a phone call from our doctor can destroy this balance with the news that “there may be a problem and we have to do more tests.” So, we now enter a new world where...

Cancer Journey from Patient’s Perspective

I am dedicating the next few blogs to the cancer journey from the perspective of a patient. There is extensive literature on traditional cancer treatments and on what is available. But so far, I have not found anything that would describe typically what a patient is going through during the cancer journey. When I say “cancer journey” I mean the time when we first learn that there might be...

How Yoga Therapy Can Help

From April 8 to 29, 2013, the Kaivalyadhama Health Care Centre introduced the first three-week residential program for cancer patients: Beyond Cancer (then called Detoxify and Rejuvenate for Cancer Patients). Participants came from four countries: India, Canada, Poland, and Brazil, with breast, ovarian, colon cancers and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Three of the participants had finished chemotherapy just one month prior to coming to India. The first few days were spent...

Gap in Cancer Care

(Photo courtesy of Bryan Minear) There is a big gap in cancer medical care that I have recognized from my own experience. Typically, after surgery, cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation, which may last from four weeks to a few years. Often, such intensive treatments result in severe mental and physical side effects. The allopathic medical system tends to take us to the point where all our chemical treatments...

What is yoga therapy?

In the next few blogs, I will cover how yoga therapy helps people to get better. But before we get to the details, we need to understand what yoga therapy is. My friends often ask me what is yoga therapy? In the beginning, I struggled to find the words to explain this emerging field in health care. From the years of experience of running intensive yogic retreats for cancer...

How it all started cont’d

What is the main thing that you see that people don’t know about when starting yoga during or after cancer treatment? There is this widespread misconception that yoga equals doing strange poses called asanas, and that you have to be physically fit and slim in order to do it. Unfortunately, this is created by the yoga magazines depicting beautiful young and slim ladies in more challenging asanas. The concept...

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