The fourth change that Ed made was subtler and a bit more difficult to explain and describe. It’s not enough to say that Ed and I turned to God; even the most convinced atheist might be tempted to pray when diagnosed with cancer. In our case, prayer and meditation have always been a part of our lives. Both of us were lifetime Catholics who attended Mass faithfully every Sunday and most holy days; even if we were in a foreign country we sought a church. In addition, we had studied the writing and lessons of Yogananda, ultimately being initiated into a higher form of meditation. So the change now was not in praying to God, but in connecting with God as the source of higher power and energy within us.
There is a saying that when you are ready, a teacher will appear. A good friend I had met on one of my ashram visits in India sent me information about a Chinese healer, Dr. Sha, whom she had been studying intensively the past year and who happened just now to be in the Bay Area. Ed and I contacted Dr. Sha, had a consultation, attended a workshop, and read his books, especially Power Healing, which describes the four keys to energizing body, mind, and spirit. We even learned a Chinese healing chant which we attempted to practice twice a day, seated opposite each other and saying it as instructed as fast as we could until we dissolved into giggles. But following Dr. Sha’s instructions and exercises, plus meditating regularly again, was productive and empowering, just when we needed it most. The common denominator in everything we were doing seemed to be increasing and expanding the flow of energy, removing any blocks.
We felt we had covered all the bases––diet, supplements, the biowave machine, and spirit. During this period of intensely fighting cancer, our lives were disciplined and scheduled. It’s a good thing we didn’t know about any other teachers or methods; we were already doing as much as we possibly could. We’ll never know which one of the four methods was key to Ed’s complete recovery, or whether they were all necessary and equally important in working together. But, thank God, one or all combined worked.
Each individual, each case, is unique. We cannot speak for others, only for Ed and his program to overcome lung cancer. However, we strongly believe that when the prognosis is poor, these four changes, either alone or in conjunction with conventional treatments, are highly beneficial. It has been almost twelve years since Ed was first diagnosed. He continues on a maintenance program of drinking “smoothies” twice a day at breakfast and lunch time, taking a few supplements, and going to Mass regularly. He is alive and well and cancer free.
Even more, as I watch my husband living a normal life, going on trips, enjoying the grandchildren, taking walks, doing the things that he lies to do, is the knowledge that he does not feel sick or afraid. Every day, we try to follow Dr. Wu’s advice to “smile and laugh a lot.” Ed has taken charge of his life, his healing, and that in itself has been a wonderful source of great power, strength, inspiration, and courage for him and to all of us who know and love him.