Surviving Cancer

In the Mind

The Ian Gawler Foundation had a huge influence on Jess’ healing process as you’ll read in a moment.  You may have noticed in yesterdays segment when Nat spoke with Ian that for him, a priority in healing is in the mind – the power of the mind and our thoughts.  Ian uses meditation as the central part of his teachings.

Next week we move into a guided meditation segment here on healthtalks.  Wellness experts all agree the importance of incorporating meditation into your daily practice, to benefit the body on every level – physically, mentally and emotionally.  If meditation isn’t an important part of your life already, we encourage you to start taking a few minutes out of your day and see what comes of it.  As you will see next week – it doesn’t have to be anything more than you stopping and taking 10 minutes out.

For those of you who struggle with this, you’ll love this next segment.  For those who practice daily, being guided can be refreshing. Now over to Jess with just a few thoughts on the Ian Gawler foundation and it’s impact on her healing journey.

In the early days of my cancer diagnosis, it was the faith exuded by healing success stories that made the biggest difference in how my journey has unfolded. For every doctor who told me that my case was terminal, I would latch on to a real-life case about someone who had defied such a diagnosis in their own life. The one who played the biggest role in this for me was Ian Gawler.

Ian was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his right leg amputated in 1975. However, the disease recurred later that same year and began ravaging his body. Ian’s story of recovery employing an integrated approach driven predominantly by dedicated meditation, is truly remarkable. It was my anchor to a future the doctors had pretty much ruled me out of having. I thought, “if Ian can do it, so can I” and his book, You Can Conquer Cancer, was my Bible.

Before I went to the Gerson clinic in Mexico, Tallon and I spent 10 days at The Gawler Foundation. During my time there I learnt how to meditate, about the power of our emotions and discovered how to develop all of the mental tools I would need to carry me through the journey I had ahead of me.

Two years later, having finished Gerson Therapy, Tallon and I spent a weekend in Melbourne to celebrate and happened to bump into Ian and his wife Ruth at one of my favourite organic restaurants “Yong Green Food”. I was star-struck as I asked for a photo with the man who had helped me so much. However since then, Ian and I have become friends and as you’ve seen in this week’s healthtalks segment, a couple of weeks ago I had the honor of speaking at the launch of the updated version of Ian’s now famous book You can Conquer Cancer. Talk about a full circle moment !

This was such a special night, speaking alongside Ian and other amazing cancer survivors and in front of an audience of people at varying stages of their own journeys. I know that everyone left the room that night with hearts full of hope.

Jess

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