Breast Cancer Awareness

by | Oct 29, 2018 | Health Issues, Reiki | 0 comments

Breast Cancer Awareness
Lisa Westrick
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is symbolized by the pink ribbon. According to the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women; skin cancer is the leading one. One out of three cancers diagnosed for US women is breast cancer. According to the CDC, women should have their first mammogram by the age of fifty; younger if there is a family history of breast cancer. After the age of fifty, women need to have mammograms performed every two years. The earlier the breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of survival.

Many of us know women who are diagnosed with breast cancer; often it is a family member or a friend. I personally have a sister, two cousins and four friends who are breast cancer survivors. I watched the physical, mental and emotional ups and downs of having this cancer. I have shared many cries and joys while holding a girlfriend’s hand during chemo treatment or having her hair grow back. I have seen scar tissue from breast(s) removal and reconstruction. I can only share my observations of this life changing disease and know it did change these women’s lives.

I have been asked can Reiki help someone with breast cancer and my answer is absolutely yes. Reiki can help with the side effects of having chemo therapy; it helps with the nausea, swelling and discomfort of the drugs. It can also provide relief for physical pains from surgery or other types of treatments, such as radiation. I additionally believe Reiki can provide mental and emotional support after being diagnosed; it can bring calmness during turbulent times. Breast cancer can challenge our sexuality and beliefs in what is means to be female. Surviving breast cancer is a very mental and emotional journey based on my observations and the stories of survivors.