Within five days I was overwhelmed with total body sickness such as I had never experienced before. In search of help other than anti-nausea drugs and analgesics, my wife suggested I begin trying complementary medicine to curb symptoms. The most effective of these treatments was reflexology administered by a competent therapist in my home.
She was reassuring as she probed my feet and told me about the various areas of the feet that relate to the body. And
to my amazement, my condition improved, over and above all the medications I was taking to overcome symptoms. I continued reflexology for almost one year before my therapist felt secure enough to dismiss me from her practice.
What good news! Our mind-body connections really are reactive and receptive in ways that may heal differently than mainline medicine. Why not use them to “complement” the advances made in cancer treatments that provide us with improved quality of life and cures?
By now I was also being treated by a physician in the cancer center who specialized in integrative medicine. She confirmed my decisions regarding treatment, added glimmers of hope, and widened my vision to other therapies which relieved symptoms from chemotherapy. I discovered a more positive attitude and creativity that expanded my mental resources in writing, music, and engendered a greater appreciation for fellow sufferers.
I was transformed from a suspicious patient into a
believer of complementary medicine! My reflexologist was integral in maintaining this affirming activity to the end and beyond chemotherapy.
The future is bright for the professions that comprise complementary medicine and for the patients who receive the benefits of compassionate care from the practitioners of the art.