Yochabel’s Wisdom: Coping with Cancer
Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
August 7, 2019
I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the fourth of a series of blog posts over the next few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.
Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below.
"Yochabel is truly a miracle in many ways...Yochabel’s homemade, nutrient and moisture rich species specific diet, her nutritional supplements, and her integrative health team were giving us more time together despite her age..."
"...Now she could walk across the house..."
A cancer diagnosis, seemingly out of nowhere
"As I immersed myself in the bliss and joy of our special bond, I never imagined that despite all the obvious signs that Yochabel was beating the odds, a bladder tumor was silently wreaking havoc in her body..."
"As I sat with the veterinarian, she delicately broke the bad news... I put my face in Yochabel’s fur, clinging to her tightly, because I knew there was a 'but' coming…But, these tumors are fast growing and almost impossible to get rid of, so surgery is not an option. Right now, it is quality of life versus quantity.”
Finding hope and letting it carry us
"... It is well documented that the power of hope and positive thoughts is healing. I embraced that hope with every breath I had."
Creating a plan to treat and cope with bladder cancer
Yochabel’s Treatment Plan
Read full article to learn more about Yochabel's integrative treatment plan which includes techniques I have used for my own Crohn's disease: NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique,) and biomagnetism. Other modalities such as Chinese medicine, species specific nutrition, chiropractic, acupuncture, and energy medicine are discussed. Keeping an open mind is critical.
"...I explored food after food with Yochabel and she said, “No. I won’t take my herbs.” I lost my mind for a little while before I realized that I was thinking outside the box with commercial foods, but not with the whole food ingredients she was already used to..."
I changed my thinking process
"…If she doesn’t like canned rabbit, maybe I can buy a whole rabbit."
"...It was a process of trial and error, meal after meal. But eventually, it worked. She made choices, many of which were surprising to me..."
"There is no perfect diet–just do your best."
Keeping Yochabel in charge of her treatment plan
"A disease process such as cancer can make patient and caregiver feel very powerless. Our cats are just like us, they like to feel in charge of their bodies and often know what is best for them well before we do... I didn’t want to force her to do anything. I wanted to remain in a partnership with her. This worked best for both of us..."
Learn more about how I discovered the "better answers to cancer," in the full article.
Yochabel's Wisdom: Securing the Bond
Yochabel's Wisdom: The Food Connection
Yochabel’s Wisdom: Hospice at Home
Yochabel's Wisdom: Emotional Turmoil
Yochabel's Wisdom: The Last Day
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