Mikey Versus The Comfort Zone

I’ve been trying to blog about my trip to Florida for the past few days, but my body has been forcing me to go to bed instead. I’m not sure exactly what’s going to come out as not much of this is planned outside of my jumbled thoughts, but that should make it fun for everyone involved!

Travel Anxiety

A few weeks before my trip to Florida, I has trying to find any way I could to not go. True story. I felt like it was interrupting too much of mine and my wife’s life and the easier thing to do was to just cancel and let my friend have his money back. I was nervous and felt like I knew everything they’d speak about at the conference already. I had a cancer healing protocol already set and I was following it. Why did I need to go to Florida anyway?

Days before the conference my wish almost came true. Eric, the other guy I was meeting up with at the airport was having reservations about going as well, as both of us were going thanks to the blessings of another. We were thinking that maybe giving the money back was the better option so that life could carry on in our own easy bubbles of routine and we could return the generous gift we were given.

But the more we talked about giving the money back, the more we were urged to go. Eventually, we both agreed to still go.

The Truth About Cancer

The Truth About Cancer is a 9-part documentary that aired online during a time when I was told I was going to die of cancer relatively soon. Earlier the same day it aired, my oncologist had just told me there’s nothing left for me past IV Chemotherapy. No pills. No immunotherapy trials (auto-immune complications FTW!). I had to either do IV Chemo or die (not his words exactly but I read between the lines).

I don’t agree with or believe in everything the documentary claimed, but it was an important series to watch because it was asking a question that I hadn’t heard asked before:

“Can you heal stage 4 cancer?”

It sparked some life and hope back into my soul that healing, while statistically improbable, was possible. Countless people have found Radical Remission after being told they were terminal. Their choices of treatment varied, but they all were able to heal after things became completely hopeless.

The Live event that I went to last week featured many of the doctors and survivors I’ve read about and researched who have either healed themselves or helped heal others. Going to this event was like going back to where my journey started.

The Truth About Mikey

So… Why Didn’t I want to go? Comfort Zones. I am an introvert 99% of the time. I do really well with people I know and see on a daily basis, but with people I don’t know, I’m literally the shyest person you’ve met. If you put any merit on the Meyers-Briggs personality test, I’m an INFJ.

INFJs are conscientious and value-driven. They seek meaning in relationships, ideas, and events, with an eye toward better understanding themselves and others. Using their intuitive skills, they develop a clear and confident vision, which they then set out to execute, aiming to better the lives of others. Like their INTJ counterparts, INFJs regard problems as opportunities to design and implement creative solutions.

INFJs are believed to adapt easily in social situations due to their complex understanding of an individual’s motivations; however, they are true introverts. INFJs are private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Though they are very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and creative manner.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people—a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world.

INFJs are said to have a rich, vivid inner life that they may be reluctant to share with those around them. Nevertheless, they are congenial in their interactions and perceptive of the emotions of others. Generally well liked by their peers, they may often be considered close friends and confidants by most other types; however, they are guarded in expressing their own feelings, especially to new people, and tend to establish close relationships slowly. INFJs may “silently withdraw as a way of setting limits” rather than expressing their wounded feelings—a behavior that may leave others confused and upset.

INFJs tend to be sensitive, quiet leaders with a great depth of personality. They are intricate, deeply woven, quilt-like, mysterious, highly complex, and often puzzling, even to themselves. They have an orderly view toward the world but are internally arranged in a complex way that only they can understand. Abstract in communicating, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities. With a natural affinity for art, INFJs tend to be creative and easily inspired, yet they may also do well in the sciences, aided by their intuition.

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Don’t I sound amazing? Sorry girls, I’m taken.

All joking aside, social situations like this overwhelm me. When I’d go to Chicago for treatment alone, I had meaningful relationships with a few people (My Reiki Therapist and Acupuncturist), but the rest of the time was spent sitting and eating alone or in my hotel room. The few interactions I had with others were brief and uninspired. I figured this trip would be much of the same.

Positivity is a Choice.

When I landed in Atlanta for the layover, I made a choice. I was going to make the most of this trip. I wanted this trip to mean something. I wanted it to be a significant piece of my healing journey.

When I met up with Eric in Orlando, we decided to share an Uber to the hotel, as we were rooming together at the conference. However, we were first going to make a quick stop at an AirBnB where another conference goer, Theo and his wife, Kim were staying. When we arrived, he offered us the other two rooms of his 3 bedroom AirBnB and the four of us took a few hours to get to know one another.

Eric has Stage 4 Multiple Myeloma. His story is a lot like mine with his own twist, turns and battles. He, like me, watched the documentary and found hope again. He’s doing everything he can to heal himself of cancer and it’s inspiring to see.

Theo’s wife Kim healed Breast Cancer without Chemo or Radiation a few years ago. Theo has quite the emotional story of his history with cancer in his family and how he didn’t want to see the same thing happen to his wife. They sold their businesses and dedicated their lives to finding a way to heal her cancer and now they’re helping others heal their cancer. If you want to know more about their story, go here: https://www.thevidacenter.com/what-we-do/

This two hour conversation was something I never expected would happen and it never would have happened had I stayed inside my comfort zone. The conversations I had with Theo about my health the next few days and ways to rebalance the body to get it to heal is something I believe I needed to hear. It was the reason I was meant to go on this trip, to stay in an AirBnB with strangers and reignite the hope that I had 2 years ago.

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Meeting Chris Wark (from Chris Beat Cancer)

You know when you meet an athlete or musician or someone famous and you just have that nervous energy around you. Well this was a lot like that, except Chris was one of a few people to give me hope when I had none. My wife and Chris were BFFs as she watched every video he had ever made while juicing for me at 5am every morning. Eventually, one of his videos about taking control and being in the driver’s seat of your health struck a chord in me and I’ve been doing all my own protocol ever since.

He was good friends with Theo and we were able to talk for a bit about what I can do to heal cancer. He’s kind of a celebrity at these places so I tried not to act starstruck in any way, but I’m sure he could tell.

And he closed out the conference with a great message for us all, along with a few health conference jokes to lighten the mood (or stir the pot?)

Thanks again Chris. My wife wouldn’t have had the hope to pass to me that I could heal had it not been for you.

The Major Takeaways

There were about 40 hours of lectures given by doctors, health experts and survivors that all had one thing in common. They were all out of their comfort zones empowering people to take control of their lives and change. Whether you have cancer or not, preventing cancer is a must. 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime and the stats are rising. Conventional Medicine alone isn’t winning the war on cancer. “A study of 71 drugs approved for solid tumors from 2002 through 2014 showed that the median improvement in survival times was just 2.1 months.” Too many people are still dying of cancer and too many children are being diagnosed. The truth about cancer is that we need to prevent it before we are diagnosed.

I’ve also learned through all this is that it doesn’t matter what people choose to do to heal/fight/kill their cancer. We’re all different. Whether you’ve chosen a conventional path, integrative path or alternative path, please take time to research how powerful the body is and use that in your fight against cancer (or any disease you may have). Make positive lifestyle changes today that you can pass down to your kids. Cancer is 10% genetic and 90% environmental/diet/lifestyle. Most of us with cancer have this disease by neglecting our health.

Change.

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The Magic Happens Outside the Comfort Zone.

Great things never came from comfort zones. As I watched speaker after speaker give hope to the desperate, I realized that I’m wasting an opportunity to help people in my little corner of the world.

I’ve been wanting to start a support group for a while now and that desire was strong at the conference and is still strong as I’m writing this. I want to empower people to empower others, starting with their health. I want to share hope to others like hope was shared with me.

So here’s what I need from you:

  • A place to meet. I am going to contact Gilda’s club and see how starting a support group there works. I have never ever done anything like this, but I’ll be talking more about it in the coming weeks. I think I’d like a place that has a kitchen for juicing/cooking, which is why Gilda’s club sounds like a good idea.
  • Speaking of Juicing:  The Vida Center protocol has healing new Juice/Smoothie recipe that gives the body all 90 nutrients it needs to function save for b12 and D3. (No, that’s not why you eat meat, as animals get their b12 FROM THE EARTH… or used to. We’re all deficient in b12, even non plant based eaters.).
  • Help. If anyone wants to be a part of this, please feel free to contact me.

We’ll cover cancer and beyond. I’m thinking about other initiatives this can lead to too… but baby steps. I didn’t think I should start a support group about cancer while having cancer myself. But, maybe that’s exactly why I should start one.

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What are you not doing because of your comfort zone?

#BeGreater