Evergreen Yoga
Jean Szmidt
Certified Yoga Instructor and Can-Fit Pro Trainer
My Story In a Nutshell

 

"I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January of 2012.  They found a 4”x4”x3” mass on my right ovary (malignant).  Fun, wow.  Surgery to remove said mass took place about a week later, followed by 5 bouts of Chemo at PMH.  I decided to pass on treatment #6 – I just had enough.

That same year (shortly after my 1st Chemo treatment), my dear dad suffered a severe stroke and nine months later passed away Dec 1st, 2012.  After looking after mum for 6 months, we placed her in a long term care facility.

I think I know a little about stress and I think I have a sense about what a Cancer Warrior goes through - the "processes", the fears, anxieties, concerns, emotional "rides", physical challenges, the mind 'games', etc -- all stresses that the body really needs to manage in a healthy way.  I don’t proclaim to know everything and recognize that everyone’s road is unique, but I believe I can relate.

Yoga, meditation, nutrition, elimination of toxins, taking time for myself and having fun on a regular basis have made a huge difference in my recovery.  

My 2012 diagnosis was a gift and wake-up call to nurture myself and my spirit.  It has opened my eyes to 'take action' towards my heart's desires and to say "yes" to that honesty today -- for we're not guaranteed tomorrow, yesterday is gone -- we only have today.

 

Jean 

 

 

 

 Humber Station Road (near Patterson Side Road), Caledon, Ontario