I’ve just been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

I understand that certain allegations have been made about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine (UniMed), in particular claiming that Serge and the practitioners associated with Universal Medicine are in opposition or competition with conventional medical practitioners. This completely contradicts my experience as a cancer patient over the past year since my diagnosis in early June 2011 and in my association with Serge and Universal Medicine since early August 2011. During this past year I have had continuous treatment medically and also since early August, weekly sessions with Serge or other Universal Medicine practitioners. I am grateful to both my conventional and complementary practitioners for the caring support that I have received.

Before my diagnosis I had had chronic fatigue and chronic digestive symptoms. I had for years sought both medical and complementary advice and treatment. Generally, there was not much either sphere could do to alleviate my symptoms. I had a strong preference for taking good care of myself in terms of diet, exercise, vitamins, regular check-ups, as well as massage, acupuncture and healing. I wanted to avoid needing any medical treatment if possible.

After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was shocked and terrified. I learned it was aggressive and I accepted that I could not avoid major and immediate treatment. I had an initial surgery in July which removed all the lymph nodes under my left arm and a lump from my left breast. I was advised that I would be needing chemotherapy and radiotherapy and hormonal drug treatment as well. When I considered chemotherapy I felt that in my debilitated state from years of low energy I would suffer more than most people. I dreaded it and felt it might be the death of me before the cancer. The first surgery did not achieve clear margins around the lump and I was booked for a second surgery, a wide excision, in August.

Before the second surgery, although I rarely went out at this time, I attended the Byron Writers Festival for one afternoon. I went into a talk on words and energy by Serge Benhayon. He spoke of how people say they love coffee when they mean they need coffee. He said that if people were honest and said they needed the coffee, they might then ask themselves how they were living so that they needed coffee to get through their day. They might make better choices to improve their energy. I appreciated his reasoning. He also spoke about the rising numbers of women getting breast cancer. I became very interested. I had not thought of myself as being part of a cohort. His comments about being true to ourselves as a way to be healthy made sense to me. I knew I had many times looked after others even when exhausted.

I saw Serge in early August before the second surgery. I talked to him about death and how I had been living my life for others rather than for myself. I could see how I had squandered my life energy and made myself vulnerable to cancer in spite of my ‘healthy’ lifestyle. From my first visit with him, the intense, exhausting emotion I had been living with reduced dramatically. I told him how I optimistically believed that I wouldn’t need a mastectomy although the surgeon had warned me that it was possible if the second surgery did not get clear margins. The surgeon had said I could choose a mastectomy this time instead of just another excision. I was shocked and said “No!”. Serge somehow communicated to me a sense that I would be alright, even if a mastectomy was necessary. He didn’t minimise the loss rather he acknowledged the fear and sadness that I felt. After the second surgery I told him the results showed I would need a mastectomy. He told me that he was willing to see me throughout my cancer treatment and that other cancer patients who came to him usually did very well with their treatment.

I had also heard this quite independently from a physiotherapist who was recommended by the hospital. She said that women who had the esoteric acupuncture treatment along with the same medical treatment that I had and would be having, did ‘remarkably better’ than those who didn’t have this particular complementary treatment. She had seen a lot of breast cancer patients and had great respect for Serge and his work. She had attended some of his lectures.

Going into the third surgery, the mastectomy, I was almost calm, certainly accepting and even grateful, since my surgeon had told me that provided I had the recommended treatment, I had a very good chance of surviving. Beforehand I had some thorough cries over my breast. Since I emerged from the surgery, I never felt any further need to mourn it. My healing went well, and I was amused to have compliments from physios and nurses on my ‘beautiful’ scar.

I was given a month to recover from my surgery before I began chemotherapy. I was seeing Serge weekly for counselling and Esoteric Chakra-Puncture and began to feel so well physically that I could take longer and more lively walks than I had been able to do for many months before my diagnosis. I had also ended a destructive relationship and felt so positive that I told Serge that maybe I wouldn’t need chemotherapy. He said immediately that he would never advise that I not have the chemo. He simply encouraged me to keep looking at my life and my choices and feel for myself what was right. I cried over this because I definitely didn’t want to have chemo and had misunderstood and thought he might back that choice. Again, he gave me support through counselling and Chakra-Puncture and taught me to ‘rest deeply’ as I went into my chemo sessions, fully choosing to be there since I had decided that I would have it.

I have told my oncologist about the esoteric Chakra-Puncture sessions and how helpful I find them. He has told me several times that I have been doing very well and even said, “keep up the acupuncture”. As with the surgery, I found that I handled the chemo treatments well, having generally only fatigue and no vomiting or pain, and minimal side effects. I did make a choice after four months of chemo, to stop a little early from the second type because of side effects that suddenly got much stronger and could have been irreversible. I made this decision with my oncologist who said that I had had a lot of chemo and he didn’t think that the slightly shorter treatment would affect my life expectancy. I told Serge about this decision after I had made it.

After the chemotherapy treatment, I was due to see a professor of radiotherapy. Yet again I hoped that I didn’t need to have treatment but he said I did. I live alone and have not been well enough to manage without regular help. The radiotherapy treatment was nearly an hour’s drive from my home, five days a week for five weeks. I didn’t know how I could get myself driven back and forth and how I would cope with that much travel even if I had a driver. Universal Medicine provided me with a beautiful and nurturing space in which to stay within a short distance of the hospital so that I was able to drive myself to the treatment even though I was still tired and became more so. This accommodation and many of my sessions with Serge have actually been free of charge. Again, my treatment went easily and the main nurse who treated me said, “you obviously heal well”.

At this stage, I am beginning to recover some energy after the radiotherapy but am still easily tired probably because of the herceptin infusions that I still have three weekly at the chemo ward. I am continuing to have weekly treatments at the UniMed clinic and always feel a profound sense of peace and rest at these times.

I have also had treatment from a physiotherapist at the UniMed clinic, who gave me simple exercises that immediately helped and within a couple of weeks completely relieved the cording that had developed in my left arm months after the lymph node removal. These gentle movements were somewhat different to those shown me by the other physiotherapist. The main distinction in her method was that it depended on beginning with and developing a deep connection with the body, not just mechanical movements while the mind might be elsewhere.

I hope it is obvious that Serge Benhayon works very well with conventional medicine and is not at all opposed to it. In fact, he has often said that we have never had better medical treatment and he has particular praise for surgeons. I believe that his work is truly a complement to the conventional methods and when the two are combined, the patient is very fortunate indeed.

One of the most significant things to understand about Serge Benhayon and other practitioners at Universal Medicine is that they first take great care of themselves. They heed the old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself”.

By Judith McIntyre, Goonellabah, Australia

195 thoughts on “I’ve just been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

  1. Inspiring blog. The combination of western medicine and esoteric medicine is so powerful. I too have experienced both together and doctors have been surprised at how speedily I healed.

  2. I know some women who also got the support of Chakra puncture during their medical treatments for breast cancer. It was amazing to see how they coped with it all on both a mental as well as a physical level. And I see that it not only took the symptoms of the illness away they look and feel fabulous.

  3. Judith’s story is testament to the fact that Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine modalities are a great complement to conventional medicine – not a replacement – but a way of providing support and healing.

  4. What stands out as different to me about the way in which Unimed handles the care of cancer patients is there is no push for a cure or to fix or replace any other medical treatments. The care offered by Unimed to people suffering from cancer is set in place to make the experience as healing and supportive as possible. I am a big fan of modern medicine and amazing surgeon’s but a hospital experience can still lack a depth of warmth and extra special care that you crave at this scary time. Unimed provides a ultra nurturing support to anyone that comes and seeks support and all of this for little or no cost.

    1. I so agree Sarah. I recently had day surgergy and was held in the nurturing support of Serge Benhayon and now what I have learnt to bring myself, which did bring that extra special care that you do need as it is a bit scary.

  5. Clearly, Judith’s story highlights how an individual can take their health into they owns hands while also emphasising the support and love others can provide.

  6. Judith’s article so beautifully speaks for itself. When we are open to receive we are given all that will truly support us. What a blessing for Judith to walk into the tent that day and meet Serge Benhayon.

  7. This is an inspiring and confirming read as to all Universal Medicine offers when it comes to any illness or disease. I agree with all Judith has shared and the support I received through breast cancer meant I could fully embrace all conventional medicine had to offer and come out singing their praises. This was monumentary for me as the 20 years prior to this I was very very anti any conventional health professionals and used every alternative therapy available. It was Universal Medicine that helped me see the only way to truly heal our body is through the combination of conventional and Esoteric Medicine.

  8. We all respond well to a compliment – by definition it adds to what we experience… so naturally Serge and Universal Medicine look to compliment the amazing procedures and medicines that are available through Western Medicine. It would be churlish to ignore everything that is available.

  9. It is great to know that Chakra-puncture and other Esoteric Therapies are such a supportive complementary treatment to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

  10. This is a true and honest sharing of what the union of conventional and complementary medicine can do. In all – there is so much more than simply a cure. If we are willing to look deeper, at our choices we will most likely find that a lot of healing can take place from our part – from the way we live – and that complimentary medicine can really support conventional medicine in so many ways.

  11. I have attended presentations from Serge for almost 6 years now and my experience is that he is always supportive of conventional medicine and the modalities he teaches are complementary to it. More so, what is shared in Judith’s blog, says so much about Serge and his loving approach to health and wellbeing – something he lives, walks and breathes everyday and expresses with everything he is. To me, Serge is the embodiment of a truly loving way of living and offers himself as a reflection of this for everyone who he meets and ‘touches’ in life.

  12. A really extraordinary read that emanates the truly holding care offered by Serge… and the deeply embracing support of the Universal Medicine modalities during this time. This is a remarkable counter to those who are not prepared to report the truth and who’s false allegations sadly aim to deter others from being incredibly supported as you have been by such complimentary treatment and care.

  13. “Physician, heal thyself” This quote sums up how in healing we need to take responsibility for our role that we’ve played to get to the point when an illness is presented in our body. Modern medicine working side by side with Esoteric medicine allows the practitioner to treat the whole body and take into account not just the physical body but our bodies as a whole, to facilitate true healing.

  14. I gave my Mum a treatment after every chemo session while she was being treated for cancer – the two worked beautifully together, one supporting the other providing her with the very best of both worlds.

  15. Friggin heck I have never realised this, but this is what I do, look after others even when exhausted and live my life for others rather than for myself, this is a massive wake up call for me. I am totally exhausted, run down, tired and get ill more frequently. It’s sad really. I know I’m not the only one, and it’s women that often do this, through a lack of self worth, role play being a good other, girlfriend, daughter etc or for whoever reason of not feeling good enough, or filling ourselves up with our own love for ourselves so that we don’t need to be needed. What’s also hit me, and my body is sharing this more loudly and clearly every single day recently, ‘they first take great care of themselves. ‘ There is a whole other level of deep care and living we can all go to, and it’s the reflection of this that is and can be way much more beneficial than thinking we are being caring by our outwardly gestures when in fact we are being overbearing, and overriding and deeply harming our own bodies. We would never put a sick, tired or exhausted child in the car, when they clearly need to rest, to go visit someone so why do we do it to ourselves?

  16. What an amazing example of how Western Medicine and the modalities of Universal Medicine can compliment each other so beautifully. By embracing a fundamental union such as this, we have an opportunity to begin to truly heal illness and disease in this world.

  17. This is deeply profound, and inspiring to feel it is our commitment to healing that supports the medical treatment.

  18. It’s very beautiful to see the support that is available when someone is going through such a difficult period in their life. Seeking support can be a challenge for some and learning to let go of our harmful ways of living is also difficult. This is what the esoteric modalities and esoteric practitioners bring, to support people to live the best they can so they can let these harmful ways go.

  19. I was drawn to re read this blog after watching the video interview with Judith 4 weeks before she passed over. I was so touched by the woman that she is, I just had to come back for more. I was asked to visit her by my Mum during her last weeks on earth, my Mum was one of the many careers during her treatment but at the time I did not see the point in going to see a woman I had never met. Now I feel deeply sad that I did not meet this woman, she is pure joy right until her final breath, she is an inspiration, the blogs she left behind for me are little bits of history.

  20. Great testimonial – the situation we have with illness and disease in the society today requires the skills of modern medicine. Modern medicine however is in need of an approach where we look at why things manifest in our human body. That aspect is still a big unknown. From my understanding Universal Medicine suggests that before the body gives off symptoms there is a movement within the body that gives rise to the body displaying certain symptoms which for me makes total sense and it also gives us the power to help our body heal on a day to day basis. It’s like we have an opportunity to daily give our body a healing massage just by the way we go about our day, how we move, interact, love and are with ourselves.

  21. A powerful, first-hand account of the way Universal Medicine is complementary to conventional medicine. Practical, straight-forward, down to earth truth. This is the real story of Universal Medicine.

  22. What stands out from this blog is Judith’s understanding and acceptance of all that she was going through, and the support that she got from combining Western medicine with esoteric medicine. Learning to see and let go of old patterns like putting ourselves last, and learning to truly nurture ourselves, is all part of the healing process. Healing is a two-way thing that requires our own commitment to it, not a handing over of ourselves to be fixed.

  23. Judith’s testimony stands as a great example of the integrity in which Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine work. I love this old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself” for if the practitioner cares deeply for themselves they can offer the optimum service to all they see in the course of their day. Judith passed over in the most harmonious way. With little to no pain and lots of joy. It was a privilege to attend to her at the times I did in her last weeks; and not only was it an absolute joy it was inspiring and very, very healing. Judith set a new mark for dying harmoniously.

  24. Your last point feels like the most important – “physician, heal thyself” means that we need to deeply care for ourselves first and foremost before we can be of service to others, especially when it comes to giving advice. How hollow does it sound when a parent tells their teenager not to drink whilst they themselves drink? How much impact do we expect our words to have when we don’t walk our talk?

  25. To me this really shows how life is not about being comfortable but about healing fully and truly. We might not want chemo or radiotherapy and this is important to acknowledge this but this blog shows it is not about that alone.

  26. This is what I love about Serge Benhayon he always embraces and promotes Western Medicine alongside Esoteric Healing and how they compliment each other and allow the body an opportunity to truly heal. Thank you Judith your blog is a beautiful testimony to the true care and love Serge Benhayon consistently shares with humanity.

  27. Coming back to this blog is a beautiful reminder that we cannot heal others before we heal ourselves. Taking care of ourselves first, learning how to rest deeply and give ourselves all the time and support that we need, is our number one job, so that we can be of service to others and the world.

  28. This blog brings to the fore how much love and care we deserve in any circumstance, how much love and care our bodies are deserving in every moment.

  29. “One of the most significant things to understand about Serge Benhayon and other practitioners at Universal Medicine is that they first take great care of themselves. They heed the old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself”.This is just what I needed to hear tonight a great reminder to me as just lately I have pushed myself and I can feel this has effected my outlook and therefore how I am with others, so important to deeply love and care for ourselves.

  30. In fact this blog shows clearly that it is all about light, to restore the light we are from within. The lack of connection with this light is the root cause of any illness or disease that is presented by our body. In fact presents itself to restore that natural order it belongs to. If we do understand this then we know what to do, to let the western medicine to provide the cure for the symptoms that are being presented and to have the complementary treatments from Universal Medicine to support in the restoration of the inner light connection.

  31. The combination of traditional western medicine and Esoteric Healing Modalities offers greater support than just the western medicine. Esoteric Medicine offers insights, understanding and an energetic awareness of the basis of the illness. It in no way detracts from the important work of western medicine.

  32. What a beautiful sharing of how when you take responsibility for why an illness presents in the body, then marry that with the amazing Esoteric Modalities that can support one through such things like surgery and effects of cancer, miracles can really happen.

    1. Sure Raegan, we can change the way illnesses and diseases are treated as we bring the complementary Universal Medicine modalities in. These modalities show that we have a relationship with that illness or disease because of our choices in life and in becoming aware of these we are able to heal on a much deeper level, and as you say, then miracles can happen..

  33. This is such a sweetly sincere and gentle piece about the support and care that Universal Medicine gives, a care that surpasses any other healing clinic or organisation that I know of and part of this great care is in the fact of how supportive they are of conventional medical practises because often I have found that if a modality is in opposition to these practises it can leave a person feeling disempowered and at a loss when serious medical conditions take place in the body because if you cannot turn to your doctor in times of need then where do you go? The answer for many of the alternative practitioners that I have met would be to say that you would come to them or to their modality which sits outside of the conventional medical world, but these modalities in my experience are limited and unable to support a person through the more serious and vigorous challenges of some of the more major medical conditions such as cancer because they are by their very nature forever in opposition to conventional medicine which is dearly needed at these times.

  34. This blog is inspirational in so many ways, the support Judith received from Serge and Universal Medicine is brotherhood in action.

  35. This is a great story, both from a western medicine side and complimentary side, showing they do work well together and at times are necessary. It also shows, how true support and loving care can help restore our bodies to a more natural balance and faster healing, and from experience, what Serge Benhayon offers and presents, is truly universal and the key to our way back to living healthily and joyfully.

  36. It is through the teaching of Universal Medicine, I started to embrace conventional medicine again after totally being against it for a long time. It really just exposed the lack of responsibility on my part and how much I was relying on the second hand information to make up my mind about things. I have been aware that even though we could be choosing ‘alternative’ medicine, the way we approach it could just be the same ‘fix me’ and it actually is far worse because there’s this consciousness that puts itself above what the majority accepts, and thinks it is superior by being different. So glad those days are over now.

  37. Putting others first and taking care of another needs before our own is almost second nature to many women, much to our own detriment. One of the things I have learned from Universal Medicine is to listen to what my body shows me, as it is the marker of all the truth, so if I go into the ideal of placing others before me then my body really communicates the falsity of this behaviour by showing me how exhausted it is. Life can be confusing at times but if we keep it simple and honour the truth the body communicates a new clarity can emerge.

  38. Judith, thank you for this thorough account of your experience with western and Universal Medicine. I would like to add my testimonial to this as well. I recently had day surgery and had Serge Benayon’s full support through the process. I want to add that through the presentations of Universal Medicine, I have also learned to nurture myself much more, which supported me greatly through a strange, uncomfortable and at times unsettling experience of surgery.

  39. The best medicine is being who we are and expressing this in full, unreservedly so. Of course, western medicine and natural medicines all have their very significant place in the world – but our responsibility and opportunity is to live medicine in every moment of every day by how we are with ourselves and what we choose.

  40. Judith’s story continues to be an inspiration. To truly heal takes a willingness to be honest with ourselves first, be ever loving and accept all the support that is offered.

  41. When we truly understand that we are just vessels of energy and that our bodies do reflect to us at any moment if we align to the original energy we come from or not we know how to heal our bodies by choosing for love, over and over again.

  42. What a fabulous testimony to, amongst other things, the healing power of Esoteric Chakra-puncture, and esoteric medicine in general working so beautifully hand-in-glove with western medicine. There is much to be embraced here.

  43. This blog says all that! It is a great testimony to how Serge Benhayon is as a practitioner . . . ” One of the most significant things to understand about Serge Benhayon and other practitioners at Universal Medicine is that they first take great care of themselves. They heed the old dictum: “Physician, heal thyself ” . . . this line is so important to note for how could Serge otherwise be with clients who need to begin to truly care for themselves as part of their healing if he did not live with this same integrity in his own life?

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