I have the great honour and privilege of meeting all kinds of people on all kinds of life adventures through my work.
Yesterday I met a lady called Wendy in a health store in Minehead. Her story is inspiring and empowering and one I would like to share;
20 years ago Wendy was diagnosed with a condition called Nets which stands for Neuro Endocrine Tumours, hers are on the liver. At the time she was given a prognosis of 5 to 10 years – how did she deal with that prognosis?
She said ‘well there’s a lot I can do in 5 to 10 years, so I’d better start now’.
Wendy had always wanted to be a Yoga teacher so she left her job and studied to become one, she still practices and teaches now. Her adventurous spirit took her on travels and holidays over the world and her consultant encouraged her to have as many of these as possible;
‘The mind is a powerful force over health” he told her.
20 years on Wendy is casting her rays of light into the world and looks positively radiant. It was such an honour and a blessing to meet her. It was also very poignant timing for me;
I have had a tough road over the last 2 years – the loss of my father, Grandma and friend as well as a relationship break up left me feeling very anxious. So much so that I found myself getting rather fixated on death, loss and disease rather than embracing this wonderful gift that is life. I sought the help of a fantastic anxiety specialist called Bella Dodds who I wholeheartedly recommend (you can find out more about her here)
As well as the wonderful work we have been doing together I have been reading some fascinating accounts of people who have seemingly defied all laws of medical science and not only lived well beyond their prognosis but also returned from death itself.
‘Dying to be me’ by Anita Moorjani details her own personal account of how she went through the dying process, came back and completely healed her cancer. It is an incredible account and a book I would thoroughly recommend. It certainly takes us into a space we cannot understand with our minds.
So what can we take from this? Well for a start we can stop saying ‘life’s too short’ because I don’t believe it is too short and I don’t believe it is linear with a start, middle and end either. I saw my Dad die and he didn’t just disappear, he made a transition…
Why is it that some people defy the laws of nature and live beyond life? Is it all in the mind as Wendy’s consultant believes? …or is it in the heart and the heart’s need to love, connect, gift and contribute?
That is for them to know and us to discover for ourselves…
With love x