One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in my healing journey is that the mind, and the will to live is far more powerful than we believe. I am LIVING with stage 4, metastatic ovarian cancer. To some that may sound like a death sentence, because that’s what we are told by most conventional doctors, but I am here to tell you that it just isn’t so, and it IS possible to LIVE with cancer.

Six years ago, I was given the diagnosis of stage 3b ovarian cancer. The drs. gave me about 6 months to live, and told me that they recommended 6 months of chemo. Hmmmm … I’m no mathematician, but if I only have six months to live, I don’t want my last days to be miserable, I want to live those 6 months to the fullest!

So, when I was asked by my oncologist what I was going to do regarding my treatment, I (after much prayer and research), asked him to give me 30 days to do it “my way”, and at the end of the 30 days, if something did not improve, then I would consider (consider being the key word) doing chemo. Later, I would learn how chemo actually kills your immune system, making it extremely hard for your body to recover from the treatment itself.

I decided to go away, so I could truly focus on my health of mind, body and spirit. At the time, my mother-in-law had a little condo in miami, which was not far from the beach. I had read how by simply breathing the ocean air, it would help kill cancer cells. Ocean air has negative ions, and cancer cannot survive in the presence of negative ions. So I went to the beach every day … not a bad cancer treatment at all, in fact, it was wonderful.

The other things I did for myself was go on a juice fast, and kept my body alkaline – this is also key to killing cancer cells, as cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment. A plant based diet is the best way to accomplish alkalinity in your body. I also rode my bike every day to oxygenate my blood (cancer cannot thrive in an oxygen rich environment), I laughed (laugher truly is the BEST medicine!), I prayed, and I prayed HARD, and I meditated. At the end of my 30 days I felt better than I had ever felt in my life!

When I went back to my oncologist for a follow-up, at the end of my 30 days, he was AMAZED and in shock at how well I was doing! He said to me “I don’t know what you’ve been doing, but keep doing it!”. My blood tests and my CA125 (ovarian cancer marker) came back all in the normal ranges. I looked and felt amazing!

The lesson I learned from all of this, is that even though you’re given a horrible diagnosis, don’t give up! Our mind and our will to live is far more powerful than we give it credit for. And above all we must trust in the healing power of God and in all of the wonderful, resources He has given us in nature to heal our bodies … use those resources, and trust Him!

So, today, 6 years later I am still fighting the disease, but I can say with confidence: I am LIVING with cancer, not dying of cancer!

Written by Kim Reynolds, Mom, Wife, Artist and Cancer Survivor