Q: I have cancer and am exploring my options. Natural healing appeals to me but I am afraid it is not strong enough to work. So many people pray or fast or do all sorts of alternative things and they end up dying. I’m scared, but I am looking around. I understand that you are comfortable treating cancer. Not many holistic practitioners can say that! How did this come about?
Suzanne: That’s a good question. It has not always been so. Even though I have been helping people heal from very serious life-threatening illnesses for almost 30 years, “cancer” has a well-deserved fear surrounding it. Up to a few years ago, my role with cancer patients was support for them—usually as they got a temporary remission or transitioned through death. I would support their psycho-spiritual processes—often in poignant profound ways. I would ease their pain and reduce the need for narcotics using acupuncture and sound healing. I would strengthen the body with nutrition, herbs and essential oils. My patients enjoyed superb support for their process, but the cancer or the chemo/ radiation always seemed so much more powerful than what I was doing!
All that changed several years ago when I finally decided to take up Bill Bengston’s offer to privately mentor me with what he knew about energetically healing cancer. I have known Bill Bengston, Ph.D. since 1991 when my husband joined the faculty of St. Joseph’s college where they both work. I would go to picnics and faculty functions and delight in his latest research of curing cancer in mice. I would be amazed at the thoroughness, the scientific rigor and detachment with which he worked. I would talk to people he had healed. I would usually ask him to teach me how he did it. He would explain a technique that made absolutely no sense to me. I was a big-shot acupuncturist/ energy worker and what he told me couldn’t possibly be the key. I thought he was probably withholding the “real stuff” because what he did seemed so simple, so basic that it couldn’t possibly help with something as terrible as cancer. I guess I wasn’t ready yet. When I finally started having Bengston consult me with my patients, I discovered I had been right and wrong. Right that there was a lot more to healing cancer than a simple technique, and wrong that the technique wasn’t an important gateway to healing.
I loved learning what was on the other side of that technique – a place that is hard to describe with words. My best words describe it as “Nothing”. I continue to develop my ability to “get out of the way” more and more.
Q: What types of cancers respond?
Suzanne: All cancers may respond—the question is, does your cancer respond? Things that inhibit cancer from responding to treatment are: (1) being at the end of your normal lifespan; (2) chemo and radiation therapy; (3) strict fasting; (4) not getting enough treatments and (5) not wanting to get well. During a healing session, I can tell if your body is “receiving” the treatment. I take my responsibility very seriously and will let you know how I see you responding. I am always using ways to activate a fuller response, but if it is not working, I will let you know and we can discuss options. The answers to the questions below assume that you fit the description of someone who “responds” to treatment.
Q: So, does my cancer just disappear?
Suzanne: Wouldn’t it be nice if the tumor got smaller and smaller and smaller and then gone? It doesn’t usually work this way. Be prepared. This is a natural, not a magical process and most tumors get bigger before they get smaller. Tumors get larger for two reasons: they are either perfusing with lymph and blood and changing into non-tumors, or they are simply getting worse and worse. Fortunately, the size of the tumor is not the only important feature and there are ways to tell what it is doing. I like to work with your oncologist so we know if we are going in the right direction.