Cancer as a healing opportunity

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healing has no finish line.

a bit of who I am

    Hello and thank you. I am Jenava Van Pelt, healing consultant. In 2013 I was diagnosed with melanoma and Hashimotos autoimmune thyroiditis. These diagnosis' saved my life, and I am grateful for them. Cancer has given me  the opportunity to truly choose life. 

      My   background  in birth work, goats, raw milk, farming, herbs, cleansing, nutrition, Ayurveda, juicing, massage, reike, traveling, mothering, spiritual seeking etc. has given me tools to help others as a  certified holistic cancer educator, coach, or doula. THE WORD DOULA IS BEST KNOWN IN THE WORLD OF CHILDBIRTH AS A NON-MEDICAL, NON-FAMILY MEMBER WHO TENDS TO THE EMOTIONAL, SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL COMFORT OF THE BIRTHING MOTHER. [In this case the person navigating a life threatening diagnosis.]  This spirit guided practice comes from a place of love, support, and encouragement for the human species. 

    I have a strong prayer for my life, which I believe I had taken for granted before diagnosis. My journey back to health has spanned continents, realms, and years and has taught  me things I never would have had the opportunity to learn had I not had a life threatening dis-ease.  In 2015 the melanoma appeared again in my lymph and spread to my lung, recurring to 4th stage melanoma. 

     I went to clinics in Mexico, Arizona and India, I took spiritual pilgrimage to Guatemala, Southern Texas, and the Great Smoky Mountains, I have been to dentists, naturopaths, chiropractors, oncologists, Ayurvedic practitioners, acupuncturists, lymphatic bodyworkers, and colon hydrotherapists. I utilized iridology, saunas, therapeutic yoga, ceremonys, energy workers, hypnotherapists, counselors, I've had surgery, chest ports, IVs, blood ozone, PET scans, immunotherapy drugs, etc. etc. etc. 

   I steered myself through, right or wrong, following my gut, and doing everything I could to feel good about my choices.  I took it all in and used what I wanted. I've had many magical miracles and prayers answered along the way. As well as long hard soul searching pain, suffering, tears and regrets.  I am alive and well today, for how much longer I can not say.  I can not let up on my healing path, and constant self care is the new normal for me.  These days, I look less to others to tell me whether I am ok or not, better trusting my own inner guide and healer - my sovereign self.  I am a work in progress, an open book, I am not perfect, and I will continue to heal until my last breath. May I be present. Thank you to all my healers seen and unseen, family supporters, guides and allies. I would not be here today without you.

  

what I offer

     I OFFER WHOLISTIC, INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORT FOR THOSE NAVIGATING THEMSELVES THROUGH A LIFE THREATENING DIAGNOSIS. My intention is to help clientsfind a balance between the safe, supportive, natural healing ways, and the strong, aggressive, ways of western medicine, to choose wisely from ALL the tools we have available [Wholistic].  I offer all of my experience, to help people feel good about the choices they are making for themselves during this potent, shocking and terrifying time. My intention is, as a cancer doula, to help alleviate stress, anxiety and  fear,  to help you feel safer, supported, guided, more confident and clear, and  help you find balance.  

    I offer clients help organizing and prioritizing and creating a healing plan. I support your decision making and help you interpret what your doctor has said. Depending on your bio- individual needs, I assist you to uncover the root causes of  imbalance in your body and empower you to heal your life. If it is in the cards, and dis-ease has not progressed past a tipping point, you could minimize recurrence and progression of cancer, feel way better, and maybe extend your life. This perspective is to focus attention on, and build up the 'host', to feed and nourish cells, to create a new healthy eco system within, where cancer is no longer welcome or supported.

    I love gut healing. I offer education on juicing, cooking and eating to heal your gut,  I offer counseling, herbal foot bathing, reiki, nourishing bodywork, I can help you write your own prayers mantras and visualizations. I can share tools for meditation, self love,  relaxation, learning to cope with fear and panic. etc. You lead, I trust you. I encourage your inner voice which will guide YOU towards YOUR own healing. None of this is easy or fast but a little self love goes a long way.  

     Healing looks different for everybody. This is about you, your life, your choices. My grim cancer diagnosis  forced me to have an honest look at what its like to be standing at the crossroads. When is it time to surrender and let the healing of death come?  Death is something I have not experienced yet, but in some reality I was headed quickly in that direction. I was forced to accepted death in a new way. Taking responsibility for ones own life and death is a revolutionary act. Learning to love our human-ness, our imperfections, our messy bodies, our out of 'control' lives is at the core. Every body's experience is so different in every way.

   I can not do any of this on my own.  I have a strong network of family support, friends and community, and I work along side many who are talented healers and helpers. If I can't help you, I will  refer you to someone who may be able to.

     I AM NOT CLAIMING TO BE A DOCTOR OR A NURSE OR A HEALER OR TO KNOW HOW TO CURE OR HEAL ANYBODY.  I AM ACTING IN A SUPPORTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL ROLE ONLY.  I WILL NOT PRESCRIBE, RECOMMEND OR ADVISE ON MEDICAL MATTERS. I WORK ALONGSIDE YOUR DOCTORS ADVICE. I will share options and discoveries as I have learned them on my own healing path

cancer

    CANCER IS NOT CAUSED BY ONE THING AND ONE THING WILL NOT CURE CANCER. Cancer is a degenerative disease caused by many health destroying factors. Just like one can not just 'catch' health, one can not just 'catch' cancer.

   There are many ways to destroy and remove tumors, but TUMOR DESTRUCTION DOES NOT CURE CANCER. CANCER IS A PROCESS. UNLESS THE PROCESS THAT MADE THE TUMOR IN THE FIRST PLACE STOPS, CANCER WILL LIKELY COME BACK. STOP THE PROCESS THAT MADE THE TUMOR. STOP MAKING CANCER. 

  Here are some of the common cancer causing factors.

-  GUT issues : DIET, elimination, digestion, leaky gut, disbiosis, malabsorption, microbiome is destroyed etc. 

- chronic DEHYDRATION

- chronic INFLAMATION 

- adrenal burnout

- TOXINS in our air, water, soil and food 

- TOXIC body, yard and household products

- overindulgence and malnutrition

- LYMPH stagnation

- ADDICTIONS to harmful substances

- long term, inescapable, unrelenting STRESS wreaks havoc    with hormones and nervous systems and suppresses the     immune system. 

- INSOMNIA,EXHAUSTION

- lack of EXERCISE and OXYGEN

- parasites, viruses, funguses, heavy metals

- dental infections and toxins in the mouth

- DRUGS- antibiotics, system 'regulators', etc.

- genetic vulnerabilities

- tissue irritation

- daily EMFs and radiation 

- unresolved and repressed EMOTIONS, greif, fear, anxiety,    anger etc.  

-  lack of SPIRITUAL and FAMILY support

- toxic RELATIONSHIPS

- TRAUMA

- Self hatred, self abandonment, negative self talk

- what is my souls purpose? what do I do for fun? how do I    create? what brings me passion and joy? WHY DO I WANT TO LIVE? DO I WANT TO LIVE?

- Feeling lost, trapped, owned, stuck and desperate.

- peace of mind is fleeting   

- CELLS ARE SIMPLY NOT GETTING WHAT THEY NEED TO    SURVIVE LET ALONE HEAL

- IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE DOING THEIR BEST BUT ARE    OVERWORKED AND CONFUSED

    Unfortunately the list goes on and on. This is a whole picture situation, sounds very doomsday on this beautiful morning, but things are difficult for the humans and their planet. We are little microcosms of Mother Earth, Its all connected. Full system imbalance within and without requires our full attention and devotion to survive. Once dis-ease has been diagnosed, Give thanks! because now you know what your work is! Radical changes in lifestyle can sometimes turn dis-ease around if its not gone too far. Lets try not to blame ourselves, so much is out of our control, and maybe just meant to be,  but if you want to,  take an honest look at what needs to change for healing to happen. Nothing changes if nothing changes, and big changes are hard but can be life saving. 

   This is a kitchen sink philosophy, using simplicity to counter complicated. I focus on cancer because I have an intimate relationship with it, but with this whole picture philosophy in mind, the particular diagnosis makes little difference. This is intended to educate and support, and is an add on to medical care. 

     Thanks for reading. Sending  love and support on your journey through this human experience. 

    








   

 

   

Jen van pelt  

Sebastopol CA. 95472

jen @cancerdoulas.com

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