The House Without A Key
The House Without A Key
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 ancient two and six months.
I was a writer at Aetna Life & Casualty, Inc, and my wife and I had fair built a beautiful quarters on a pond in eastern Connecticut.
I had everything to live for.
I had plans.
Death was not a ration of them.
So I recognizeable to fight for my life.
I interpret and researched everything I could about kinsfolk who, censure all odds, had survived terminal illnesses.
The normal thread was using the humour to bias the something to heal--specifically, the arts of pondering and visualization.
I intelligent these techniques, and for the following six months, meditated and visualized while I received chemotherapy.
Amazingly, in half a year The cancer was gone.
The doctors couldn't credit it.
I thought I was cured.
I became a freelance writer for several divisions of Aetna, and was building a successful business.
Then a year closing the cancer reappeared.
Because of the ferocity of the particular lymphoma cell, the doctors recommended a issue cell transplant (similar to a bone marrow transplant), in which white cells are havested from the blood, high-dose chemotherapy is administered to terminate the bone centre and all the cancer cells in the body, then the harvested white cells are dripped into the entity to renovate the proof system.
I knew I had to go deeper into mediation to withstand the assault of this much supplementary awful 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 trained zest exercies "qigong" which means enthusiasm work.
Qigong is based on the equivalent philosophy as acupunture: you hold invisible channels and meridians of easgerness in the body.
If these channels become blocked, malady ensues.
Qigong system allows a friend to posses these channels alert to allow benefit health.
I found a local tai chi chuan/qigong teacher who taught me several motion 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 originate cell transplant room in register time.
Despite the potency of the high-dose chemo, I didnt earn remarkably sick at all.
Again, I notion I was cured.
But a year hindmost the cancer relapsed.
My oncologists recommended another proceed cell transplant.
They gave me a 10 percent transpire of survival.
This transplant would be several times additional potent than the first.
It would last for six months.
Every fresh month would include a four-day hospital stay in which high-dose chemo was administered to axe cancer cells and bear the unaffected way to partly instigation zero.
Then the patient received growth hormone to transact back the unsusceptible system.
The process culminated in the authentic transplant.
Then the most powerful, lethal envenom was dripped into you to kill the bone marrow.
Then you were without an proof system, and a usual cold could kill you.
I knew I had to go deeper into qigong to assistance me survive this end transplant.
I recognizeable to impression 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 companion handed me a placard announcing a qigong seminar in a nearby town taught by Ramel Rones, Dr.
Yang's top disciple and a control in his have 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 first of the kung fu world.
Do you scarcity to take on a bigger challenge, and offices me lambaste cancer?" To my surprise, he agreed.
It turns out he was a scarcely bored with winning gold medals.
Rami tailored a qigong program for me designed to willing my enthusiasm channels and improve the health of my private organs.
These exercises included warm-ups and sets from White Crane and Tiger Claw qigong.
The most superior item he taught me, however, was an exercise designed to pantry gusto in my body.
It is called Embracing the Tree: You holder with feet shoulder-width apart, knees facility a few inches, sacrum tucked, captain level, with your arms held in a sweeping arc in lead of your chest, palms facing the heart.
Then you spindle on your breathing, and moderate stand.
Energy pours into the best of your commander from the atmosphere, and into the soles of your feet from the earth.
Then this vigour is stored in your dan tien, or territory of elixir, which is located in the body's center underneath the navel.
Rami haggard the attention of holding the posture for crave 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 substantial comprehend of accomplishment.
It reinforced my commit and gave me the courage to fondle the six-month want transplant process.
I defintely was terribly sick at times during this procedure, and had to way 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 manage some point 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 modern the cancer relapsed in my spine.
It was eating into my disks and vertebrae.
My legs would give out on me, and I'd collapse to the form 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 genre of chemo available, and inactive the cancer came back.
It's survival of theh fittest; cancer cells that aren't destroyed are unsusceptible 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 grade 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 job is gone, my domicile is gone, my wife is gone.
But my sons retain grown into men, and I'm alive to see them succeed.
I Embrace the Tree every day.