This paper presents a narrative of the findings of a patient who was diagnosed with melanoma in February 2014. My aim is to revisit the stages of recognition, denial and acceptance of the disease, as well as my medical care history as a patient. The often misleading standardized care and medical guidelines, the progression to metastases, the hopelessness of the medical treatments, and the need for highly toxic drug use, led to alternative practices to deal with the cancer. Acupuncture, yoga, Jin Shin Jyutsu,a Ayurvedic medicineb and guidance on nutrition and meditation have been decisive to a radical life change. At one point, revisiting the aspect of spirituality also became important, as the understanding of the relationship with God and my fellow men took on a different perspective. The equilibrium and the potentiality of the energy deriving from this change of life have led to a high quality of living and to the development of a new program of activities. This set of practices has triggered a mental and physical balance, which, in turn, has affected my life as a patient in a positive and decisive way. As I share this life experience, I intend to contribute to the studies of patient care, as well as to other patients’ processes of self-understanding and self-healing.
aJin Shin Jyutsu is ‘an art of harmonizing the life energy in the body.’ ‘Welcome to Jin Shin Jyutsu,’ Jin Shin Jyutsu (website), last modified 2018, http://www.jinshinjyutsu.com/.
bAyurveda is the name given to the healing knowledge practiced in India for over 5000 years, considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science in the world. ‘Ayurveda,’ University of Maryland Medical Center (website), last modified 2018. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/ayurveda.