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Beating Cancer with Qigong: A Success Story
In 1991 I was diagnosed with Stage Four lymphoma cancer and given six months to live.
I was 32, and my sons were old two and six months.
I was a writer at Aetna Life & Casualty, Inc, and my wife and I had moderate built a beautiful quarters on a lake in eastern Connecticut.
I had everything to live for.
I had plans.
Death was not a share of them.
So I recognizeable to fight for my life.
I construe and researched everything I could about people who, against all odds, had survived terminal illnesses.
The typical thread was using the temper to prejudice the something to heal--specifically, the arts of meditation and visualization.
I sage these techniques, and for the next six months, meditated and visualized while I received chemotherapy.
Amazingly, in half a year The cancer was gone.
The doctors couldn't accept it.
I conviction I was cured.
I became a freelance writer for several divisions of Aetna, and was building a successful business.
Then a year latter the cancer reappeared.
Because of the ferocity of the particular lymphoma cell, the doctors recommended a originate cell transplant (similar to a bone marrow transplant), in which white cells are havested from the blood, high-dose chemotherapy is administered to annihilate the bone heart and all the cancer cells in the body, then the harvested white cells are dripped into the entity to remake the resistant system.
I knew I had to go deeper into mediation to withstand the charge of this much more terrible chemo, so I did some research and discovered that the Chinese had been utilizing the mind/body connection for thousands of years.
They called these pet vigour exercies "qigong" which method vigour work.
Qigong is based on the duplicate philosophy as acupunture: you have invisible channels and meridians of energy in the body.
If these channels become blocked, infection ensues.
Qigong means allows a partner to have these channels bright to allow interest health.
I found a local tai chi chuan/qigong lecturer who taught me several movement sets of Qigong (Qigong includes moving, sitting, standing and lying down exercises.
There are literally thousands of qigong exercises.
) I practiced these sets, and got out of the proceed cell transplant room in index time.
Despite the potency of the high-dose chemo, I didnt achieve uncommonly sick at all.
Again, I conviction I was cured.
But a year second the cancer relapsed.
My oncologists recommended another stem cell transplant.
They gave me a 10 percent occure of survival.
This transplant would be several times additional potent than the first.
It would last for six months.
Every additional month would include a four-day hospital stay in which high-dose chemo was administered to abolish cancer cells and move the immune fashion to partly motive zero.
Then the patient received lump hormone to move back the immune system.
The process culminated in the TRUE transplant.
Then the most powerful, lethal disillusion was dripped into you to kill the bone marrow.
Then you were without an unsusceptible system, and a ordinary cold could kill you.
I knew I had to go deeper into qigong to assistance me survive this final transplant.
I striking to influence Dr.
Yang Jwing-Ming of Boston, world-renowned kung fu, tai chi chuan and qigong master.
I knew of Dr.
Yang from my martial arts days.
Perhaps it was synchronicity, but a comrade handed me a advertisement announcing a qigong seminar in a nearby town taught by Ramel Rones, Dr.
Yang's prime disciple and a gentle in his keep right.
Rami had won gold medals for forms and fighting in North America, Europe and even China.
I approached Rami after the seminar and surrendered my pitch: "You're a gold medal winner and at the top of the kung fu world.
Do you absence to bring on a bigger challenge, and help me drub cancer?" To my surprise, he agreed.
It turns out he was a hardly bored with winning gold medals.
Rami tailored a qigong program for me designed to perceptive my enthusiasm channels and rectify the health of my domestic organs.
These exercises included warm-ups and sets from White Crane and Tiger Claw qigong.
The most esteemed thing he taught me, however, was an exercise designed to scullery zest in my body.
It is called Embracing the Tree: You shelf with feet shoulder-width apart, knees flair a few inches, sacrum tucked, captain level, with your arms held in a wide arc in prompt of your chest, palms facing the heart.
Then you centre on your breathing, and moderate stand.
Energy pours into the best of your head from the atmosphere, and into the soles of your feet from the earth.
Then this zeal is stored in your dan tien, or state of elixir, which is located in the body's center below the navel.
Rami drawn the stress of holding the posture for want periods, both to decided blockages and build energy.
He recommended I build up to an hour, which advanced practitioners and masters accomplish.
At first, I could only do five minutes.
But I added thirty seconds every day, and in several months could frame for an hour.
Standing for an hour a day, with cancer in my bones and chemotherapy in my veins, gave me a vast recognize of accomplishment.
It reinforced my will and gave me the courage to fondle the six-month crave transplant process.
I defintely was terribly sick at times during this procedure, and had to practice sitting and lying down qigong exercises.
But I stood whenever I could.
And I walked out of the transplant room cancer-free.
I stopped Embracing the Tree.
I wanted to transact some instance off to lick my wounds.
The cancer had severely damaged my shoulders, neck, and hips.
Besides, after all that chemotherapy, surely I was cured.
But I wasn't.
Six months second the cancer relapsed in my spine.
It was eating into my disks and vertebrae.
My legs would grant out on me, and I'd collapse to the sett like an accordion.
I could barely urinate.
This was the most frightening relapse of all.
My oncolosist was at a loss.
I'd had every sort of chemo available, and passive the cancer came back.
It's survival of theh fittest; cancer cells that aren't destroyed are proof to chemo.
Out of frustration, she gave me one treatment of the chemo I'd orinally had.
And I started Embracing the Tree with a vengeance.
Sometimes I'd do it from a seated status when my legs were shaky.
But I did it, and the pain went away.
I had an MRI and a gallium scan, and no trace of the cancer existed.
That was twelve years ago.
I've been cancer-free ever since.
My employment is gone, my habitat is gone, my wife is gone.
But my sons own grown into men, and I'm alive to see them succeed.
I Embrace the Tree every day.