Faith in Herself! By Vanessa Finnigan

About two years ago Sunshine Coast based Faith Wild was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer and this month she shares her courageous healing story with Holistic Bliss.

 “You have to have an open heart and an open mind to heal,” says Faith. As the old adage goes, ‘many roads lead to Rome’ and what works for one person may not work for another. This month Faith shares what worked for her, but there isn’t one approach or a single cookbook method that is guaranteed to work for everyone.

Winding back the clock two years to when a traumatic biopsy confirmed Faith had breast cancer, she remembers collapsing from the pain as they hit a nerve. The following day she started to fall apart emotionally and remembers shaking like a leaf all day as she watched a movie with her partner. She also had a lumpectomy which she says created more suffering and the only follow up solution that was presented to Faith was to have surgery to cut out most of her breast, lymph nodes and the nerves along her arm. Radiation was also suggested.

She was scheduled for urgent surgery but then had an epiphany and decided to sit in front of her computer and do some research. This was a turning point for Faith, as she began to find information that gave her hope but this was against what the hospital was recommending, “I gave myself three months to find out more about breast cancer and become more knowledgeable. I researched day and night until I felt really comfortable that I could heal myself.” She felt empowered as she commenced her healing, deciding “I can’t do this half baked; I have to throw myself into it with a lot of belief and passion and cover every single aspect of my life from waking up in the morning to sleeping at night. I had to look at every second of my day and rearrange my whole life around the healing process.”

After a few months of undertaking many different healing approaches Faith had an MRI which revealed no change. But she was determined and continued to work harder on her healing. She changed nearly everything that wasn’t working in her life and the next MRI she had a year later revealed she was completely clear of breast cancer. Faith also believes thermal imaging should be one of the first lines of diagnosis and that it is great as a preventative screening tool. 

“You have to be skeptical and positive at the same time. The more research you do the more inspired you become. You have to have the support of loved ones because it can get difficult at times and you have to have a sense of humour. I was inspired by the wonderful people I met along the way and them being positive.”

Faith detoxed her body on all levels and worked with a naturopath and an holistic doctor. She also changed to organics, consumed a ketogenic diet (which included raw food) and cut out alcohol, which had been a big part of her life. Faith used kinesiology and cleared a lot of emotional blocks, looked at how she handled stress, and started meditating and doing yoga or some form of exercise every single day. She also said laughter became a part of her way of life. “That’s what living is all about; it’s about being in the now. And being able to appreciate the little things. When you do that wonderful things start happening and things come to you when you open up. That’s the great gift of cancer – you appreciate things, are grateful and you love the little things. You love looking at your dog and having them look back at you rather than getting cranky about all the little things in your day. You learn patience and stop getting upset over everything. And if you do get stressed, you watch yourself and say, ‘Right, I’m going to go and meditate.’”

Animals and music were also an important part of Faith’s recovery. “I was surrounded by dogs all the time. I have been a dog behaviourist for the last 20 years, I love helping – that brings me joy.”  She went and rescued a greyhound during her healing program and this was a gift that brought her so much happiness. This connection has also deepened her work with other animals.

Faith’s 84 year old mum was skeptical at first about her daughter’s healing regime but she has seen the massive changes and supports her 100%. Faith says there is no point spending a lot of energy trying to convince people, you just have to lead by example.

Faith has so much inspiration to share but most of all she wants to let people know, “You don’t need to be scared and you don’t need to ‘fight’ this. Sit down and learn about your diagnosis; what it is and why you got it and how you can address these areas to stay well. It’s up to you. Keep asking questions and see what feels right for you. If you are going to use natural methods you don’t just do one protocol, you might do 5 or 6. Just focusing on diet is not enough. Comprehensive information is available and don’t go into it with a ‘battle’ mentality… It’s about replacing the old ways that don’t work with a beautiful life.”

To contact Faith email: faithw@westnet.com.au

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Vanessa Finnigan is the founder, editor, publisher of Holistic Bliss Magazine and she also offers multi-media whispering sessions. She has been a freelance writer for 15 years for magazines and a psychologist for 21 years.

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