There is nothing more aggravating and insulting to me then hearing proclamations by know-it-alls who claim "I have a cure for cancer", be it a doctor, a swami, a baba, a guruji, a former patient, a random person. Here is my sincere request—please stop listening to them!
Over the course of the last couple of years, I've seen my story of recovery from cancer be spread around the press and even worse within my own circle as a miracle, as a "cure." It irks me greatly to hear those words because for me, it devalues illness to the ideological equivalent of a race that we must win.
It upsets me when people attribute my path to recovery to a certain hospital or to a specific cow! Sadly, life and "cures" aren't as simple as making a claim.
Every person has a different medical story. We are not created equal and no two people will react the same way to the same medication. The mentality that illness is treatable like a factory defect, or that by the infusion of one medication or the other the body will get back to "normal", is ridiculous. It's a scam we all have accepted and taken a part in.
But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. While I could never defend the exact words, I understand the need to "market" drugs and illnesses. Only through notifications and the spreading of information can people know what treatments are available. But this assumption that because there is a claim, there's actually proof of its effectiveness—that's 100% crap.
My own personal battle with cancer has come under the microscope for several reasons. One, I made the decision to stop allopathic treatment. Then I tried alternative forms of therapies. Then I decided to talk about my journey. Finally, I chose not to disclose my medical details of said journey.
If we actually take each step and decision I took (no matter what decision I made), there would be a counter-argument and I would be on the defensive. When I stopped allopathic treatment, it wasn't a slap on the face of the medical world. It was a personal choice as my body was no longer able to tolerate its effects and I made the very active decision to stop. When I opted for alternative therapies, I didn't start thinking it was going to work but I had faith in myself that I would follow through on the treatment as best as I could. When I decided to talk about my journey, I wasn't making claims—I was recounting my experiences. And finally, the decision not to disclose my records was a personal one—namely my living and surviving wasn't about the result, it was about the journey! Life has no guarantees. I am healthy today but that is no guarantee for tomorrow. Yes, the way I live my life today and what I practice in my daily routine influences the potential outcome of my tomorrow but that is still not a sure-fire guarantee.
Enough with the quick fixes! Let's get to work towards our own cures and remember anyone selling you a "miracle" for a 100% "cure" is a fraud...
The fact that people wish to replicate the outcome of my journey is understandable. But the process is what got me there. I have tried my level best to highlight this in my memoir Holy Cancer: How A Cow Saved My Life, but it upsets me when people attribute my entire path to recovery to a certain hospital or to a specific cow! Sadly, life and "cures" aren't as simple as making a claim.
It is extremely hard work to get in tune with our bodies and find the balance even when we are healthy. So when it is coupled with illness, it becomes that much more challenging.
Information is just that—information. Information that is pertinent for us is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Rather than give that power to others and hold our lives in their hands, why don't we individually do something about it and as a society, let's band together to empower each other on our respective journeys!
Enough with the quick fixes! Let's get to work towards our own cures and remember anyone selling you a "miracle" for a 100% "cure" is a fraud—that is my 100% guarantee to you.