Going through a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment has been life-altering for me. And maybe it is for everyone who lives through it. All I know is what I’ve experienced in life since that February of 2001 event.
I don’t think I would choose traditional treatment again, but I did in 2001. The effects of radiation treatment have left their scars on me, both physical and emotional. In the years since then, I have plunged into the natural health arena to find answers and I have to say, with excellent results.
I feel younger and more vibrant now than I did in my 20’s and 30’s. I feel balanced and in tune with myself and my surroundings. I credit a mostly organic diet, lots of alkaline water, getting out in nature routinely, mindfulness, my connection to God, and ensuring that I get quality sleep to my current state of well-being.
I moved to Nashville, TN in September of 2017. Around the same time, I noticed swelling on the top of my left foot. I didn’t think much of it, except that it didn’t go away. I iced it several times and that did help the swelling go down, but it didn’t go away.
In my job, I talk to business owners daily, getting to know them and their businesses. In December, I happened to talk to an R.N., Sandy Sanderson, who had opened a Wellness Center in Brentwood, TN. I was impressed with Sandy’s knowledge and expertise about natural healing. She explained to me the services her center offered. The thing that stood out to me was her description of breast cancer patients having lymph drainage problems due to the traumas of cancer, surgery, chemo, and radiation treatments. She went on to educate me that her business offers a lymphedema massage therapist who is trained to treat patients with lymph issues and is able to manually reestablish the lymph flow and drainage.
Over the course of the next few days, I began to connect the dots with my own condition. I had radiation treatment to my pelvic area, where a large number of lymph nodes reside. Maybe that was causing the swelling in my left leg and foot.
I made an appointment at Sandy’s center with Mandy Brannon, the massage therapist who is trained in lymphedema massage. On my first appointment, Mandy confirmed that I was having pooling of lymph fluid that should have been draining. As she worked on my legs and feet, explaining what she was doing and why, she was able to get the lymph fluid flowing again. She shared that she can differentiate fluid, muscle, and fat.
Being inquisitive and also taking responsibility for my health, I asked Mandy many questions and asked her to teach me what to do to help this lymph issue in between my visits with her. She did teach me. Mandy explained the anatomy of our lymph system, how and where to get the lymph fluid moving, how important it is to our immune health, and how radiation had negatively impacted my lymph nodes. I think her exact words were, “You had a wall of concrete in there!”
Mandy didn’t tell me that until much later, when she had amazingly been able to work the concrete out of my system. She admitted to me that she didn’t think we would experience the level of success that we did with my massage treatments.
I cannot describe just how grateful I am for this gifted therapist, for her knowledge, her expertise, and her caring about me as her patient. I’ve been regularly going to Mandy for treatment for about six months now. I feel so much better! I have more energy and am enjoying a very strong immune system. I work on my lymph nodes twice a day, every day, to help maintain their health. I’m now seeing Mandy about once a month for maintenance appointments.
After one of my appointments with Mandy, I was feeling especially grateful to her and the work she’s doing to help keep me healthy. I was near tears, hugging this amazing healer, and thanking her for “making me feel good again”.
If you or someone you’re close to has gone through cancer, and/or cancer treatment, share this post with them. Let them know that health after cancer is possible. From my own experience I say, be bold enough to take your state of health into your own hands, find natural pathways if at all possible, and never give up!!