We are very lucky that Ilana is sharing her story on how she reclaimed her health using Qigong. “How can that be?” most would say. “Using meditation to turn invasive breast cancer around? I just don’t understand that!”

That is why we are lucky that Ilana is willing to tell her story. I, for one, find it very credible. The human mind and spirit is powerful. Here is the beginning of Ilana’s story:  

In December 06 I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Instead of doing conventional therapy I started looking for a natural approach (I was terrified of the consequences of the conventional treatments). At first I only took supplements and tried to eat healthy and things like that. After a lot of research on the internet I came upon Qigong. An ancient art of healing the body and mind, from China. In conjunction I learned about detox (coffee enemas -not Chinese). Later I became Vegan.

I did Qigong three times a day at the beginning with dvd’s I got in the mail from China. In August 07 I actually went to China for a course with the same teacher on the dvd’s… It was amazing – on Mount Wudang for two weeks.

The secret to success is doing this exercise-meditation on a daily basis. After some time I reduced to twice daily and then once daily, which in my opinion is the minimum.
The original website I came across is
http://www.damo-qigong.net/cancer.htm # 333 or google “conquer cancer by qigong practice”.  The fourth point (correspondence course) is actually the dvd series to order via the internet. The dvd’s arrived at my door in Israel after about 10 days.
The practice starts with ‘preparatory movement’ which means gentle exercises to prepare the body for the meditation. The meditation itself is done with certain positions – your hands stretched out to the sides and/or up for several minutes each.
The practice ends with exercises, again, this time to loosen the body.  You have to do it to really understand it. The focus is in the “lower tandian” a space in the abdomen where you have to “look”. Actually you have to try and not think about anything – just breathe naturally and just be there. This has a curative effect on the body and mind. In essence, in Chinese medicine and philosophy when dealing with cancer the idea is to keep the body strong, to keep the healthy cells strong instead of “killing” the malignant cells. Like a garden with weeds. Not to destroy the weeds, but to strengthen the garden and the good plants…  In my opinion this is a good approach – a strong immune system achieved through exercise and meditation, and good nutrition can do that, and the cancer perhaps cannot take over.
I recommend a book by Luke Chan “101 Miracles of Natural Healing”. It is about a different kind of qigong and it is very inspiring. Another book I read is “spontaneous Healing” by Dr. Andrew Weil. This book also helped me through those tough times and inspired me.
The practice of qigong must be continued ‘forever’. As teacher Hu, the Chinese teacher says: don’t ever stop…

This is me talking now. I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind Ilana.

I have a question about your words “when dealing with cancer the idea is to keep the body strong, to keep the healthy cells strong instead of “killing” the malignant cells.” Is that like the act of totally focusing (or at least as much as possible) on the good aspects of our body and our good parts of our health, instead of the cancer cells? And when we do that, it not only strengthens the healthy cells, but it relaxes us away from the ‘bad’ cells so that our health indeed comes back?

When you first started Qigong, how many hours a day did you devote to it?

Here is a YouTube video of a lady who many have gone through similar feelings and experiences that you did. She reclaimed her health from breast cancer after experiencing Qigong also.

This is worth looking into – and I will. Thanks Ilana! Good Night! Vernon “Vito” Johnston

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5 Responses to “Invasive breast cancer recovery story : Qigong exercise meditation”

  1. Bob Ellal says:

    Qigong—Chinese mind/body exercises–helped me immensely in my successful battles with four bouts of supposedly terminal bone lymphoma cancer in the early nineties. I practiced standing post meditation, one of the most powerful forms of qigong–as an adjunct to chemotherapy, which is how it should always be used.

    Qigong kept me strong in many ways: it calmed my mind–taking me out of the fight-or-flight syndrome, which pumps adrenal hormones into the system that could interfere with healing. The deep abdominal breathing pumped my lymphatic system—a vital component of the immune system. In addition, qigong energized and strengthened my body at a time when I couldn’t do Western exercise such as weight-lifting or jogging–the chemo was too fatiguing. And it empowered my will and reinforced it every day with regular practice. In other words, I contributed to the healing process, instead of just depending solely on the chemo and the doctors. Clear 14 years and still practicing!

    Bob Ellal

    • Bob. . . those are some powerful statements about Qigong. I especially appeciate “it empowered my will and reinforced it every day”. Then you went on to say “In other words, I contributed to the healing process.” Those thoughts about contributing to ones’ own healing process gets to the core of reclaiming one’s own health, wouldn’t you agree?

      It also seems to me that the meditation that you referred to was a huge contributor to the discovering ones’ own ‘way’, so to speak. I love it, I love all that you wrote – the breathing too.

      Would you say that Qiqong would also be a powerful adjunct to ‘health reclaiming’ choices other than chemotherapy? Vj reclaiming ones’ health?

  2. Ilana sent me a note to my email after I posted her story. Here is that note:

    Thanks, Vito, for entering my story to your wonderful website. I am delighted and I hope it can be helpful.

    I practiced qigong about 4 hours a day in the first four months – three times a day, as was recommended and as I felt I needed.

    To answer your other question – Yes you are right about focusing on the good and the healthy. In addition, the concept can be better explained by a quote from the Damo-qigong site: (Perhaps the last part of the last sentence is a little confusing…)

    People will ask us what the mechanism of qigong is. Generally speaking, like in a rice field, western medicine always have the trend of using all their means to kill the weeds. But in the meantime the rice shoots incur damage, more or less. Most patients know what the results is when they receive radiotherapy and chemotherapy. But for qigong practice, at beginning it will directly strengthen patients immune system and more deep concerning inner energy system. In a word, it seeks to harmonize the relationship of all internal organs and drop the idea to distinguish which is friend and which is enemy.

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