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I left no stone unturned and literally tried everything I could think of that may have had a positive impact on my disease.

I was fortunate to have a friend who was a Reiki Master who would give me daily treatments. In addition, I had a therapist visit me during my chemo hospital stay to perform Reiki.

Reiki is a form of energy healing during which it is believed to involve the transfer of universal energy from the practitioners’ hands to their patients. The word “Reiki” means “mysterious atmosphere, miraculous sign.” It comes from the Japanese words “rei” (universal) and “ki” (life energy).

This universal energy, or life force energy, is referred to as “Chi” in Chinese culture or “Prana” in Indian culture. It is said that the healing effects take place by channeling this energy, allowing it to flow around and through the body in an unimpeded way. This allows the body to function as one cohesive, balanced unit.

During my Reiki sessions, I would lie still in a quiet, peaceful place. The Reiki therapist would hover her hands a few inches above my body and allow the energy transfer. Over the course of an hour, she would cover all major parts of my body, often focusing on those impacted by cancer. As she did this, I imagined her both sending universal positive energy to those areas that needed healing, but also envisioned any negativity in my body being pulled out of me and released through her hands.

One of my favorite sessions took place outside beside the St. Lawrence River. As the summer breeze whispered over me, I imagined it carrying the toxicity out of me and blowing away in the wind.

Reiki is an extremely relaxing practice that is touted to relieve stress, assist in the body's healing processes, and improve your overall wellbeing in terms of mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

As always, check-in with your health care practitioner to get the a-ok before going ahead with these treatments.

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