How often do you ask for help?

Just after I finished my 12 sessions of chemotherapy, I had one of the hardest weeks since my diagnosis.

I didn’t understand why…after all I had survived 12 sessions of chemotherapy right?

One of the nurses who had looked after me during my treatment told me on my last day – “Angelica, in 8 years of working in an oncology department, I have seen 4 people finishing this treatment. You have done really well!”

So that was something to be proud of right?

But I was lost…I wanted to shout to the world: do you realize what I have just gone through? 

But the world was going around like any other day…people were still busy living their own lives in the same way as they did before my cancer diagnosis…I was the one who needed to get back to normal but how could I?

A friend of mine who had had a good friend of hers going through the same cancer as I had texted me: “hey, this is probably going to be the hardest time in your journey. My friend really found hard to get back to normal, so focus on your husband and kids as my friend didn’t even have a family. You can do this! Take each day as it comes.”

I thought to myself – Shit – I need to get help.

I booked an appointment with a psychologist and I thought to myself, I have to reach out for help. I can’t do this alone anymore.

I had my first session and slowly my psychologist helped me to work through my pain, my wounds, my traumas…not in one session..in many sessions…in fact I still see her, not as often but I see her and it is soooo helpful.

I faced my worst fears…things that I thought I would never be able to face…things I didn’t want to face….but remember I kept saying to myself I wanted to survive and I was going to do whatever it took to get back to feeling healthy, happy and healed.

I believe you can’t heal your body without healing your emotions, healing your heart. I have spoken to so many people who has gone through cancer treatment and they are left broken on the inside after it. They struggle through life after cancer because they didn’t look after their emotions, their inner healing.

If you have gone through something like cancer or any other wake up call, life interruption – whatever you want to call it, have you healed emotionally from it?

Have you stopped and acknowledged what you have gone through mentally or have you just gone back to normal life with a brave face?

I have actually made a video about emotional healing as I am super passionate about this:
https://youtu.be/w-1LkRHEy2Q

If you know anyone who need to watch this video, forward this email to them…or the video link.

I feel we collect many “paper cuts” size wounds throughout life, at some point our bodies are full of them and we are in so much pain that we can’t take any more “paper cuts”. This is where I got and from where I healed….if I did it, you can do it too.

Stay safe! Stay healthy!


Published by angelicaalen

After a Stage 3 Bowel Cancer diagnosis, I embarked on a journey where I searched for my own physical, mental and spiritual healing alongside conventional medicine. I became so passionate about all the changes I made in my life that I feel is now my mission to help people regain control of their health physically and mentally as well as their lifestyle while facing an adversity as cancer. I am a Wellness and Lifestyle coach.

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