When I talk to women who have faced Breast Cancer, many of them admit to feelings of isolation and loneliness, even when they have been surrounded with love and support from their spouse, family and friends. Healing Breast Cancer is a unique experience and it’s unlikely that loved ones understand the valley of emotions and the mountains of challenges that you face – unless they have been on the same journey.
In fact, research suggests that the stress and anxiety caused by this “social isolation” results in decreased immune functioning and increased inflammation, which can actually be the perfect environment for the growth of more unhealthy cells.
When you recognize the importance of Healing Your Emotional Wounds, you are much better prepared to successfully complete your healing journey.
One is the loneliest number
Those of us who have conquered Breast Cancer can tell you that loneliness doesn’t go away once treatment ends. Research validates that this feeling continues past treatment and often for several years. In fact, there is even a theme to these feelings that includes:
- An emerging consciousness. We talk about feeling lonely even though others are around.
- Transcending time. Everyone around us has moved on even though we are still dealing with feelings about having cancer. This often happens in the first year when family and friends assume we have moved on, too.
- Misunderstood. Family and friends don’t understand how Breast Cancer has impacted our lives.
- Withholding truth. We start to censor what we say in order to protect ourselves – and perhaps those around us.
I understand how you feel
I don’t know about you but I felt relieved to learn that the loneliness that I carried with me for so long wasn’t about me losing myself or my connection with others. More importantly, I had the power to address it. A study suggests the importance and benefits of connecting with other women who are going through the exact same thing that you are.
And, based on my experience working with women around the globe, I would add that seeking “like-minded” women is also a part of the equation. This was a motivation for me to create the Healing Diva Retreat.
Last year’s retreat was a huge success in that so many of the women made amazing breakthroughs and created very supportive relationships which they have lovingly nick-named “Breast Friends”. The 2017 Healing Diva Retreat is scheduled for September 24-26th at a beautiful winery-spa called Chateau Elan in north Atlanta. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special before the seats sell out! Bring your BFF’s and enjoy the get-away!
Being a part of a like-minded community of women allows you to express your thoughts and feelings. It allows you to be authentic, be vulnerable and to share your hopes, fears and concerns. We got you on this one!!
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/.