My Radical Recovery

12 Jul

“I don’t know if I want to do it anymore,” I said. “Do what anymore?” my friend Darren asked. “Live,” I answered, “live.” And on April 9th, 2004, cancer came a-calling.

Diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer at the age of thirty-three, I had a 40% shot at surviving 5 years. My sister, fresh off her own session, gifted me a free reading with Cindy-the-Psychic. Normally, I wouldn’t have bought into that “woo-woo crap” but desperate times called for desperate measures. So I accepted. Without skipping a beat, Cindy said, “This isn’t about you dying. It’s about you choosing to live.”

And so I did. I quit smoking and got traditional (chemo, lumpectomy and radiation) treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle. I read Bernie Siegel’s “Love, Medicine & Miracles” and morphed into an exceptional patient. Avoiding all side effect information, I called chemo my “magical elixir” and visualized Ms. Pac-Man munching her way through my tumor.

I also became an alternative therapy slut. You name it, I tried it. I hopped on a Migun Massage bed and felt the healing power of its jade wands. I rubbed a SynchroZapper over my breast to purge parasites with low-voltage electrical currents. I joined AIM for remote energetic frequency balancing. I lit a St. Peregrine candle and prayed to the Patron Saint of Cancer. And I survived.

But I didn’t stop there. I traded Seattle for New York, vodka-crans for coffee, happy hour for yoga and T.V. for meditation. With the help of a great therapist, I opened to intimacy and bid emotionally unavailable men adieu. I picked up a Leica, found photography and unleashed the artist inside of me. Reading “When Things Fall Apart” and “A Return to Love,” I dove deeply into spirituality. I found Unity of New York and a family in its tub of love. And I thrived.

Following my heart, I met and married my soul mate. I faced the fear of being unlovable, at last, and danced with my darkest shadows. I still do. I studied Reiki, Matrix Energetics, and Dream Work and quit working in an office. Hosting my own radio show, Get GLOWING, I got a PhD from evolutionary experts in the fields of healing, transformation and personal empowerment.

The last thing I wanted to do was be a Cancer Coach. But, when Angela Strank appeared on my show, she led us through an exercise to uncover our true purpose. As she asked, “What have you been through in your life that you are uniquely positioned to help others with?” I heard, “Cancer” followed immediately by “I’m Jennifer Alhasa, Cancer Coach” clear as day. So here I am.

8 years after my breast cancer diagnosis, I continue to thrive. I eat a mostly raw and vegan diet, full of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and nuts. Herbal tea’s my drink of choice now and water is my other favorite beverage. I walk barefoot in green grass and hug trees as often as possible. When the ocean’s too far away, I take sea-salt baths to clean my energy. I walk a mile or more every day and do yoga 3 times a week. I meditate daily and pray constantly. When fear arises, and it does, I use Angel Cards and the Osho Zen Tarot to hear my guides more clearly. I have no health insurance and haven’t seen a doctor in almost 2 years. Instead, I live, baby, I LIVE!

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I’m Jennifer Alhasa, Cancer Coach. A survivor of Advanced Breast Cancer, I teach tools and techniques for Radical Recovery. I combine natural gifts, practical spirituality and life experience to inspire clients to claim a conscious, whole and joyous life! One-on-one in-person in NYC and globally via Skype, I deliver strategies for survival and empowerment for the cancer journey and beyond! I’m active on Twitter (@JenniferAlhasa) and Facebook (Jennifer Alhasa) and glow for all to see! Claim your Radical Recovery today at JenniferAlhasa.com!

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