Does Stress Fuel Breast Cancer?

On my iphone message I remind callers that stress is the power they give to outside circumstance to define their worth; value and capability. I follow up with an invitation to take it back today. Take back the power I give to my circumstance? Whaaaat? How can I take something back that I don’t even know I gave?


As a second degree black belt (World Tae Kwon Do Federation) I was trained to keep my sense of strength and talent contained within me so I could stand outside of my opponents advances and respond in a manner that honored my skillset. By doing this I was able to move with quick anticipation around my opponents next move rather than reactive behavior. The same holds true in the ring of life. When someone says something or does something outside of you, you have an instant opportunity to guard your heart and remember that the strength within you is greater than circumstance.


As Proverbs 4:23 reminds us: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Including your choice of response to people and situations outside of you.  Simply expanding the gap between what happens outside of you and your choice of response to it with a few deep breathes invites you into the remembrance that you are not your perceived struggle…unless you choose to be.


At 38 years old I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer one week prior to my final divorce court date, my children were 8, 10 and 12 at the time. In less than two years I walked through a divorce, double mastectomy, 16 chemos, an additional year of chemo, 6 weeks of daily radiation, 14 surgeries due to third degree burns on my chest they had to graft my back onto my front and a MRSA staph infection. I share this to simply create common ground around the universal experience of suffering as I have come to learn that it is the greatest training ground for personal excellence in life, not to mention the profound gift of perspective.


According to Harvard Medical, 80% of disease is stress related. When I read this I thought, “you think?”.  I didn’t have the gene yet I had enormous stress in my life as I was going through divorce. The link between stress and breast cancer, or any cancer for that matter is gaining the attention of the scientific world now more than ever. What happens to the body when it is stressed? The image that comes to mind is a fish swimming through jello. The high functioning body that God designed was not meant for living from the outside in, it was created to house the soul and live from the inside out, giving more authority to God within than to circumstance.


Perhaps you suffer from puffer fish syndrome: life is great until an outside element (let’s say a shark) swims around your reef and POOF stress kicks in and transforms your entire physique. Peace may return after the shark passes by; however, if sharks keep swimming around your reef…POOF your physique flips into repeat stress and disease kicks in. What are you going to do about it? Take back the power you give to outside circumstance. How? One shark at a time. Be here now and remember the skill-set you have been blessed with as a result of on the job training in earth school. You have been walking this earth long enough to know that you have fallen many times and yet you are still standing. Pull from past successes and remember how you overcame versus being overcome. What do you look like when you remember that the strength within you is bigger than circumstance?


Remember that God dwells within you, all things are possible for those who believe. Do you believe? God has blessed you with a powerful little tool located by your brain stem commonly called the RAS (reticular activating system). It will hunt and gather information based on your choice of perspective. Did David think he was bigger than Goliath? Heck yes and that led to his victory over the giant. What is your giant today? What could you remember about your ability to overcome that can help you move forward with confidence in the face of your giant? Your perspectives in life unlock your greatest potential or your biggest downfalls and you get to choose them…choose wisely, your body will respond to your choice.


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