Journey

So Much Suffering / Cancer a Multi-Factorial Disease

By Karen Berrios | July 14, 2017

After arriving at the Hope 4 Cancer Institute clinic in Tijuana, Mexico for a month of holistic therapies based on a mind/body/spirit approach to treatment, I was struck by the suffering of those around me. Like most people, until I received my cancer diagnosis it had never really crossed my mind how much people suffer…

My Second Major Decision / My Cancer Treatment

By Karen Berrios | June 16, 2017

After I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma (cancer), everyone around me pushed hard to get me to start the standard treatment. “You need surgery!” they would say. “You need radiation! And you need it now!” In spite of this pressure, my first major decision on this journey was to say “NO.” I felt like…

Who’s in Charge?

By Karen Berrios | May 26, 2017

My journey towards wellness and healing has also been a journey of self-discovery and truth discovery. One of the truths that I have come to embrace is the idea that ultimately, we are all responsible for our own health. There’s really so much more under our control than I had previously realized. According to the…

Shielding Myself from Negativity and Fear

By Karen Berrios | May 12, 2017

I had been blindsided by my cancer diagnosis. Now, more so than ever before, I found myself truly believing my inner voice and trusting in God. Although everyone around me was urging (begging and pressuring) me to sign up for the standard treatment of surgery and radiation, I was listening to the voice inside me…

Why I Chose the Holistic Approach

By Karen Berrios | April 28, 2017

I started to educate myself as soon as I received my cancer diagnosis. My goal was to gather all the facts that I could, analyze it all, pray for guidance, and then make a rational decision. I gathered information from different physicians and clinics in various geographic areas. I read books, including “Cancer: Step Outside…

Decisions About My Thyroid Cancer – Standing Up to the Pressure

By Karen Berrios | April 14, 2017

The days and weeks after I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer – papillary thyroid carcinoma, to be exact – went by in a blur. Everyone around me was sounding the constant drumbeat of “You must have surgery. You must have the tumor removed. Surgery and radiation is how this is treated. This is what you…