Dear loving beings of this world, I humbly take this opportunity to share something that is extremely special to me, that has set the basis for the rest of my life and has become my daily work/passion: through perseverance, faith, dedication, commitment, willingness to survive beyond all odds and coming out stronger than one can ever imagine, this was my journey recovering from 2 stage cancer.
The beginning of a new life
The year was mid-2015 when my mom had told me: ‘Sameera, you should see a doctor for a check-up” and me being the “I have it all together person” replied: “Yes sure mum”, with my mind doubting her a little, thinking ‘yes sure I am fine, I will get to it when I can’, Of course not saying this to her. In any case, I had a strong feeling a couple of months later to actually go for that check-up and later realized that in some cases a Mother’s instinct is strongly accurate when it comes to the wellbeing of her child.
Now before we dive into the causes of my diagnosis which I later found out to be my karma /destiny, I led a perfectly balanced young adult life – I ate well (or so I thought – a little more on that in the future when we speak about Nutrition), I danced aplenty and did other forms of physical activity (still do), I managed my emotions pretty well and led, well let’s say, a normal mundane life. I would never over-indulge in anything: be it food, relationships, entertainment, and even work, (perhaps Dancing though J) but in general, all was going well and so it was perplexing as to how I could have been diagnosed with Cancer. Of course, the light reached me well enough to understand what Karma meant a couple of months down the line.
Awareness and Facing your challenges Head On
So I finally booked an appointment with my doctor about 2 to 3 months later after my mother’s initial guidance. Test Results revealed 2 stage cervical cancer. I had a meeting with my doctor, having a discussion with him across the table, I remained relatively calm, not expecting any specific outcome. I attentively listened to what he had to say, he visually drew out as much as possible for me, explaining the diagnosis as well as the proposed “solutions” – The doctor explained 3 different ‘solutions’ that would inevitably result in having a part of my body removed! I say ‘Solutions’ as with all due respect, this was not ideal for my personal constitution and did not feel well at all in my inner being. The options ranged from number1; least invasive, to number 3; most invasive. Can you guess which out of the 3 was proposed? Number 3 – the most invasive option where most of my cervix would have to be removed. In any case I was glad that the diagnosis was out of the way, I left the doctors room with clarity of what I was dealing with, to then contemplate on the situation and determine a way forward.
On my way home, which was about a 40 minute drive, I did however allow my emotions to get to me (this was never like me when faced with any problem) but the word “Cancer” based on society’s global emotional attachment to this disease influenced how I felt on this matter, that it was the “worst” thing that can happen to anyone. So, yes I initially allowed the emotions to come, however this was my ego feeling sorry for itself too, I knew this was not really how I felt deep within. There was a subtle and sure feeling inside my core that this is not gloom, things will be ok, there is another way. I had also called a friend and explained the diagnosis, not fully though in the beginning as I had a feeling this too was not necessary. At the time this was the closest person supporting me and so was one of the only 3 people I had relayed the news too. My blood family excluded due to risks of further energising the situation.
Vision, Strategy and Commitment
Now came the time for me to dive deep into Cervical Cancer. I had made up my mind early on that I was not going to allow a part of my body to be removed - no matter what and so that meant not seeing my doctor again. I mentally and financially readied myself for a journey I have never been on, but started with the end goal of how I saw myself – no doubt as to what I wanted for myself. Yes small feelings of uncertainty would trickle through in my mind every now and then during the course of my healing journey, however it wouldn’t bother me much as I knew that if this was in MY control, I would be ok.
Not surprisingly I enjoyed diving into the depths of health and natural healing, this became something exciting for me, I started loving it, felt deeply passionate about how food is indeed medicine. I became enthusiastic about my new beginning, created a strategy for myself and a daily schedule for as long as it took to recover to my satisfaction. This involved a daily eating plan (no deviations whatsoever), exercise that I enjoyed rather than pushing myself, as well as visualization and white light. At this time I had not met my Guru Mohanji, this took place about 8 months later.
Finally day 1 begins, with my “New Life”, following my strict diet of the purest healing and disease-fighting foods, as well as personal care products to promote healing.Of course one has to remove ALL problem-causing foods, as well as a negative mindset to begin with, you wouldn’t want to put on the accelerator while stepping on the brakes at the same time – where will one go? Chuckles
It is also important to understand that a “Healing” diet is holistic in nature - Taking care of your spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing equates to well - HumanWellbeing, all need to be taken care of. The processes of the mind are deeply connected to the physical body. In this manner, I managed many of the daily stresses that came with life in the best way I knew how to as well as diving into my positive white light visualization practices regularly. I also became vegan overnight as the intake of violently sourced foods caused deep and severe harm to my physical as well as emotional bodies. PS: I ate animal products for over 26 years of my life but the switch to veganism happened instantly (literally overnight without any hesitation at all).
And so my healing journey took off - a total shift from what I was used to, in order to achieve a specific outcome. I had my strategy all set – my uncompromising diet, exercise regime, finances to budget accordingly and my positive visualization techniques. Now there is another factor in life when it comes to anything you want to achieve and that is avoiding, managing, ignoring and when necessary, deterring the negative energies from your space. This is what had happened to me…
Not entertaining doubt and negativity
In a circumstance such as this, one would expect support from close friends and family, although my personal circumstances did not allow me to disclose my diagnosis to my blood family due to further energizing of the matter. No disrespect to my family as I love and care for them dearly, I was merely avoiding the unconscious and continuous focus which can exacerbate a situation, so for example, if I had to continuously speak about my cancer, in effect energizing this, it inevitably would stay due to the extent of focus on it. For this reason, I abstained from even telling my mum about it. I had told a friend of mine who was quite supportive, always positive in nature, helpful and practically inclined on many things although there was a time where I was really excited to share my excel spreadsheet with him on what I ate, what each food did and how they helped me, only to be met with a “why don’t you just go for the op” response. This was very disappointing to hear but I continued with my strategy with even more determination. I should also not have expected any supportive response as he had no idea about food being medicine, not his fault as this is the way our universities and broad society are indoctrinated to think. I had also told my close colleague at work, to whom I dearly connected to as well, she too had the same response, although she cared dearly about me. In both these circumstances where one would expect the closest of relationships to support you only to be met with unawareness (not anyone’s fault) which led to me feeling alone and unsupported.
I had also faced some snyde comments in the office when drinking my green tea, some jokes about the tea colour having the same resemblance as a bodily secretion. One would expect this in the workplace, so when this happened I laughed it off while in the back of my head, I knew very well what the tea was helping me with on an intrinsic level and so this comment never actually affected me at all. People will be people, what you stand for and believe in is everything.
It is all You
In all, I never felt supported or trusted by others in what my plan and actions were, and to be honest, although I felt alone in my journey I was ok with it. The less focus on cancer the better, rather tell me something positive about my healing rather than the drawbacks, I never wanted to see or hear anything that did not accord with my vision. This is an important aspect to remember when healing - managing negativity at all costs. ‘No compromise’ was the theme for me.
In all, this was a journey on my own, it was not necessary for me to go along seeking sympathy, or even support. Positive support helps, but sympathy weakens you. I strongly believe that our healing happens because of us and it doesn’t matter if one has support, or none and even negativity or positivity from others – it is ALL dependant on what YOU believe, do you trust yourself and are you willing to go the length to achieve that. Having the appropriate strategy, tools and correct integration of the two is of course integral as part of the process.
The Final Answer
It has been 3 months since the onset of my new undertaking, the time has finally come for me to go for my check-up, although in my heart I was in a space of knowing, knowing that I am already healed. My mind had its doubts though, saying: “Hmm are you sure? What if this didn’t work, there may be some areas needing help and so on.” All of this was there but in minute amounts that couldn’t deter me from the road I had chosen to take. I had also put a lot of effort, energy, determination, focus and even finances into this so my mind was expecting a positive outcome to some extent. I managed this too, of course, to avoid any disappointments and continued with my daily routine life as well as possible.
The doctor I had seen was different to the first in the sense of not being sensitive to her patients but this was okay as she was very practical and rational in her work. This was also a good thing as I wanted only clarity and facts. I disclosed what I had been diagnosed with 3 months prior and that I am here for a check-up. Two weeks had passed and I was called in to get the results. Again I sat across the desk from her, her holding a sheet of paper, she looked at me with a confused expression on her face and asked the rhetorical question:“You had this?”, I calmly replied: “Yes”, she then responded “Well now you don’t”, still shocked to the core. In my heart I wanted to jump for joy but I sat there and happily responded “I did this another way doctor, the natural way”, she handed me the result sheet. I thanked her and left.
Pure Jovial’s Mission
My life has never been the same ever since, and I soon realized that this was not a big deal at all. All the emotions, pain and emphasis on disease is just a surface problem that is actually keeping us humans blind to experiencing our highest in life. The truth of being able to live our lives fully without pain, experience every moment to its fullest and one day we can leave our body without pain and suffering.
My mission has been to create awareness and practical solutions on the basis of unbound light -allowing us to experience and feel our best through how we live and what we consume on a daily basis (physically, mentally and spiritually), by working in coherence with nature, all of humankind, animal-kind and our Mother Earth can live in complete care and peace.
I wish you all a higher awareness life filled with good health, vibrancy, love and grace.
All my love always
Sameera @ Pure Jovial
Author: Sameera Khan, Founder of Pure Jovial, Mohanji Acharya, Dance Teacher and Performer, Yoga Instructor, and Vedic Astrology Enthusiast. She always had a passion and dedication for business whilst living a healthy lifestyle. She is first and foremost fully dedicated to her Guru Mohanji with her life grounded by his blessed teachings. Dance is her first love, followed by Traditional Yoga. She has completed her Bcom Honours Degree in Marketing at The University of Johannesburg, followed by a Diploma in Nutrition. Traditional Kalari is also of reverence to her with plans in the pipeline to further pursue such. Vedic Astrology is also one of her passions and she has been deeply engrained in this divine science since 2014. Inspired to start her own business when she was diagnosed with 2 stage away from cancer in 2015, Pure Jovial has been a creation long awaited!