I sent out this “Saturday update” to a few friends last week, but I wanted to update the larger group. Please don’t feel slighted if you didn’t get it. I am not feeling tremendously organized about all this right now!
I also wanted to take a moment to publicly thank Dr. Peter Van Houten who has met with us and supported us even after he referred Tim on to 2 other specialists. I am sure he thought an official diagnosis would have been forthcoming months ago. It was a comfort having him there throughout this whole scenario. Sometimes karma itself can put a veil on the diagnosis process, even when in retrospect the case seems pretty clear (but the unusual twists and turns made it complicated). Dr. Peter recently told us Tim’s was the most perplexing case of his medical career. Believe me, you don’t want to compete for that particular prize. Anyway – it gave us some helpful perspective on our long and winding road toward a diagnosis. There is now some peace and clarity on how to proceed. Tim’s case now seems paradoxically both serious, and yet also very hopeful. Your prayers are still very much appreciated.
We are also moving lots of “old energy” in the house. We’ve lived here over 30 years and raised our 3 kids there. So, even though I’ve tried to keep the energy cleared, some things did pile up. And I’d hung on to some things from sentimentality. But now it is time for a refreshing change! Our eldest son, Peter, our daughter, Krishnabai, and I got rid of some furniture and old books, etc., in the past few days with the goal of making the house feel “lighter and airier,” as per Tim’s request. Krishnabai and her husband live nearby, here at Ananda Village, and Peter is up visiting for a month from the Ananda Los Angeles ashram. It is such a help and comfort to have him home at this time.
Some people have wondered how Tim managed to get serious prostate cancer, since he had very few of the risk factors. He almost looked like the perfect candidate to not get it, actually. That was another thing that perplexed Dr. Rowen last week. But sometimes karma or spiritual tests and “opportunities” get the upper hand, despite generally good health. So – addressing healing of body, mind and spirit are especially helpful right now. (Right diet, rest, music, prayer, meditation, visualization, affirmation, very light gardening, short, gentle walks in nature, introspection, etc. … all with the view of Tim finding the transformation that feels right for him now…)
There were a few practical areas that could use improvement, such as not having a clock with a night light in the room. Yep – it looks like grasping at straws… but it’s good to implement any changes that can help Tim optimize his healing now that cancer has occurred. Over the years, his sleep pattern was often minimal at night, but he would meditate instead, so it all seemed okay. But maybe his circadian rhythms, etc., were disturbed and his body needed more sleep. Who knows? …For more info on Light at Night (LAN) see: Connection Between Light at Night and Cancer Suggested by New Study. Also see (f you want) —Lack of Sleep, Light at Night Can Raise Cancer Risk?
Saturday update, April 21:
Tim is doing better, day by day. Yesterday was our first non-medical “outing” since Thanksgiving. We went to the Crystal Hermitage Gardens here at Ananda Village. We parked at the top, but later picked Tim up at the bottom, so he would not have to climb back up the stairs.
It was a glorious first outing for Tim. He was awash in beauty, almost to the point of overwhelm, but not quite. It was lovely to walk beside him and take it all in. He had such deep appreciation of every splash of color, etc.
His energy is definitely improving, and he is whistling much more – a good barometer for how he is doing. Some symptoms are improving – so we know the cancer is shrinking already. So phase one (a pill) is already helping – he gets a shot next week. He’s also taking some high powered supplements that are directly helpful to his case (As recommended by Dr. Rowen). He’s only taking the ones that I am sure don’t compete with the medical treatment. We may be able to add in a few of the others once we have another phone consultation with Dr. Rowen (he’s away teaching in Malaysia until May).
He is also playing his hammer dulcimer daily (in the living room) – a very joyful sound. It seems to help replenish him very directly and immediately. Over the past many years, his playing had really dropped off to almost nothing once the Joyfull Strings business went mostly dormant. He just got busy (way too busy!) with other work. So being not that busy is also part of the long-term healing and transformation. (Take the time to smell the roses and play the music, etc. )
Here’s to health and healing, and new beginnings.
Love and Joy,
PS – I want to emphasize that his prognosis is very good with this treatment. Please see him in that light.
I also remember seeing a medical study in which aggressive prostate cancer cells mutated down to a much less aggressive form. It surprised the researchers. I think it had to do with mind/body healing – and possibly with nutrition, etc. So hold that thought that this is mutable… I hope to find that study again, but it is a true thought anyway – in light of quantum physics and spiritual healing.
So thanks for reading this far, and thanks for your love and prayers. I just ordered Tim a well recommended healing CD on visualizing making cancer cells and tumors recede. If you have a favorite healing tool of that nature, please feel free to share it in the comment field by clicking here. Then it helps us, but it also helps others, too. Actually, feel free to share any inspiration for healing there. It’s easier for me if you share it in the comment field than in a reply email right now. But I will also read the emails, too.
God bless you all.