Two years of Gerson Therapy suddenly becomes three
|My mum and dad|
We are never given challenges we cannot overcome. I’m a massive believer in this statement. However, my family has been facing a bit of a doozie lately. As most of you know, I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2008. Not only was this a major shock to me, but my parents felt every ounce of my turmoil, and perhaps even more. Conventional medicine wasn’t really an option for me (which has turned out to be the biggest blessing ever), so we have been spending every waking hour dedicated to one goal – using juice, food, coffee enemas and meditation to heal my body the au natural way.
I am exactly 14 months into the Gerson Therapy and, if everything continues to go well, I will be able to start reducing the intensity of the regime in another four months. This doesn’t mean life will go back to “normal” by any means, but I will be able to start reducing the juice and enemas and start including certain Gerson forbidden foods. No meat or Moet – just foods that are still vegan and extremely healthy but that aren’t allowed while you’re on the full therapy. As you can imagine, my family and I had been really looking forward to this happening. We could finally start leaving the house a bit more, the grocery bill could be reduced slightly and we could start to make plans for a life that isn’t revolved around cancer.
Again I’ve waffled on with my intro, but I’m still getting my head around the irony of our current situation. My mum, who has been my primary carer for the past 14 months, has just been told she has breast cancer. The carer suddenly becomes the patient and the former patient is now gearing up to become the primary carer. And because I’m still on the therapy myself, my amazing dad has stepped into the carer role as well (while still working six days a week). Mum is also on the full Gerson Therapy and she will have to stay on it for the next two years. She is now drinking 13 juices per day, having five coffee enemas per day and – much to her disgust – taking castor oil every second day. We’re now in this together! Our solid routine gets us through, but it’s just days like yesterday when I was sick and mum was feeling crook from castor oil that the pressure is on my dad to care for us both.
As stressful as the idea of having to live the Gerson lifestyle for another two years is, we totally understand that we have been given this shit pickle for a reason. And it has also been kind of cool to experience two such different diagnoses. The fear that encapsulated us when I was told I have cancer just isn’t there this time around. We are so educated and have so much faith in Gerson and in the body’s ability to heal itself that we are more empowered than anything else. The only burdens we’re facing are the added financial strain and the fact that we have to keep our heads in the right frame to stick with the rigid regime for so much longer. There are obviously more lessons we need to learn, and if my experience is anything to go by, the challenges will be just as enjoyable as the highs.
Positive affirmation for the day: I look for the silver lining in any challenging situation. The universe doesn’t give me any problems I cannot solve.
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