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Can spirituality navigate cancer patients toward recovery?

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos
Photo: Kathleen's website
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Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos is not your ordinary woman. She spends her days writing books, contributing to blog sites and online newsletters in order to mentor to those struggling with cancer. You see, not only has Kathleen lived through the diagnosis of breast cancer once and beaten it, but she has done so twice.

And she attributes most of her body’s ability to heal the cancer she had to her deep connection to her spirituality. But can others also benefit from what cured the cancer that almost ended her life? Kathleen is convinced that they can and she is on a mission to share her information with any forum that will listen.

“I believe that woman have been listening to their bodies since the beginning of time,” Kathleen says, “and our bodies communicate with us on a daily basis.” The doctors she saw missed the cancer growing in her body and attributed the lump in her breast to being something made up and in her head. But Kathleen remained persistent and started recording the “life-saving information collected through her dreams and meditations.” She self-advocated when her tests came back clear, finding relief only after a few other tests later found the cancer growing in her body.

Now, this doesn’t mean patients should stop listening to their doctors. But we need to become more active in our approach to diagnosis and treatment by learning to trust our gut-reactions and the signals our bodies send to us. “With the progress of science,” Kathleen says, “we have been taught not to listen to ourselves and therefore relinquish our control to the physicians.” But in Kathleen’s case, she knew something was very wrong. What she learned was that, “intuition can save lives when medical data is inaccurate.”

For seven years now, Kathleen has been sharing her stories about survival and the wisdom she gained eleven years ago during her fight with breast cancer. Her newfound mission is a compassionate one, mixed with a flare of advocacy too. Kathleen has decided to “help women, cancer patients and the people who love and care for them to self-advocate for the best treatment possible.” And she does this by, “teaching them how to listen to their inner selves and dreams for life-saving information.” O-Keefe-Kanavos also hopes to teach the medical community to consider how their patients feel during treatment so that intuition and science can mix to provide the best results possible.

“I never wanted to be a writer,” says O’Keefe-Kanavos, author of three books, including Surviving Cancerland: The Psychic Aspects of Healing, which is set to hit the presses soon. “But after my experiences I’m telling the world that life here on earth is much more than what we can see and feel.” She goes on to say, “we are never alone.” Much of the information that Kathleen received about her breast cancer treatment was provided to her through dreams and during meditation. Which she says came to her through the help of her spirit guides. But she had to be open to receiving this information in order to hear it and then apply it to her diagnosis and treatment.

Today, Kathleen exercises her mission to assist others with their cancer treatments by contributing to the Cape Women Online Magazine, by being a phone counselor for the Kansas City, MO-based R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, by speaking for cancer treatment groups at Dana-Farber Hospital, by making television appearances and managing her blog. And she does this all for free. That’s right. For free. Kathleen explains, “this is my way of giving back to the universe.”

Ultimately, it is her hope that the books she has authored will help others find the support and strength needed to stand up and fight their own battles. So that patients can work alongside the medical community and help to guide everyone toward full recovery. And one thing is for certain. We won’t always know all the answers right away, but in time, we can obtain the information needed to heal only after we choose to remain open and listen for them.

To learn more about Kathy and her cancer survival, find her on: Twitter and Facebook

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  • Wendy L 5 years ago

    My story is very similar to Kathleen's and I thank you for voicing what is simply the truth. I survived 3 separate and unrelated cancers using both Eastern and Western medicine. Enough can't be said about the mind/body connection.

    My book in the making will undoubtedly contain similar views as we seem to have found some great insight using what we all have deep inside. It is up to us to find it!

    Love and light,

  • Sarah Correa 5 years ago

    Hi Wendy L,

    Thank you for taking the time to read this post and share a little about your story as well. I agree with you, there is still so much we don't know about the mind-connection. We are in an exciting time, with people like you paving the way for others to understand it better. So, thank you.

    And let me know when your book hits the presses - I'd love to read it!


  • Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos 5 years ago

    Wendy, I'm so pleased to read that you intigrated Eastern and Western medicine, too, and survived to write about it. There need to be many books on the market by cancer survivors. I look forward to reading your book.

    Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos

  • June 5 years ago

    Kathy is an inspiration and the most positive person I know. Her mind/body connection is sharp. She listens attentively to both. Her fantastic book gives hope, courage and practical suggestions to everyone who hears the dreaded Cancer diagnosis.

  • edwardsthegreat 5 years ago

    Cool, I'm impressed. I do not understand it, but impressed with your drive and willingness to help. I have lost many family members to cancer. Love to hear of survivors.

  • Sharks Ally 5 years ago

    I have a couple of mates battling prostate cancer down, would like to know how to help them.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    Yes, I believe I have the cure & for asthma tooo

  • Dr M L Nichols 5 years ago

    You might post some of your info on FB's NeuroTheology Group

  • Dr M L Nichols 5 years ago

    You might post your comments on FB's NeuroTheology Group

  • Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos 5 years ago

    Thank you Dr. M.L.Nicholas for suggesting that I post my information on Facebooks's Neuro Theology Group. I will.

  • Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos 5 years ago

    Hi edwardsthegreat. Thanks for your comment.I have also lost family memebers to cancer. It is my hope that someday soon cancer will no longer exist, but until then, we must listen to our inner-selves and keep fighting.

  • Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos 5 years ago

    Hi Sharks Ally, sorry to hear you have friends suffering from cancer. I think you are already a great help to them by being their friend and showing concern. A positive support system comprised of friends and family is so important during this difficult time.Share this article with them. It might help.

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