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Bell's Cancer Story

Each day this week WLIR will be featuring an inspiring story from a youth who has taken control of their physical and spiritual health.

Kicking us off this week is Bell Chung. I met Bell on Facebook's Raw Food Group. From just a few messages back and forth it was clear that Bell was not only genuine, but that she also had an amazing story to tell. A beautiful story about how to embrace challenges, listen to your body and reclaim health.

Healing

by Bell Chung

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“Cancer is the best thing that has ever happened to me” – this is my response to anyone who acts sympathetically to my health crisis.  Cancer has opened my eyes to a whole new world of optimum health that I never thought was possible; I have discovered that cancer, like most chronic illness, is simply Nature’s way of telling you to change what you’re doing.

Before cancer entered my life, I thought that I was a fairly healthy person – I was always involved in athletics, my diet was diverse (in accordance with the Canadian Food Guide), and I looked relatively healthy.  Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving, and my previous perception of health was skewed by a combination of apathy and ignorance.  Despite my annual battles with the “common cold”, I figured that these disturbances were just a normal way of life.  I didn’t realize that every time I got sick, Nature was presenting me with a proverbial fork in the road.  Apparently, I always chose the easiest (and most destructive) path – by continuing on with my supposedly “healthy” lifestyle.

During the summer of 2002, I first became aware of my deteriorating condition after a routine physical.  My Papanicolaou test result was flagged as “abnormal”; thus, my doctor requested that I get more frequent check-ups so that he could monitor the cells.  For two years, I continued down “easy street” while my cells mutated more toward the cancer end of the spectrum.  I subconsciously tried to ignore the cancer, hoping that it would just miraculously disappear.  During this time, my godfather (Richard) was sending me tidbits of information from newspapers and other sources – coincidentally related to health.  Some of the clippings addressed the dangers of consuming animal products, while others warned against drug usage – specifically the birth control pill and vaccines.  Although I read through the articles, I did not feel the need to directly apply the information to my specific situation.

After a colposcopy in 2004, I was encouraged to schedule an appointment at the local hospital for laser therapy, which is the current orthodox treatment for cervical cancer.  This materialization opened my eyes to the severity of my condition.  At that point, out of both fear and a gut instinct, I decided to delay the appointment. Something within me was telling me that surgery was not the answer for my problem; this inner voice was reinforced by the wealth of information that Richard had been sending me.  I discovered that many patients who undergo orthodox treatments develop secondary cancers – this is something I really wanted to avoid.  In my opinion, surgery seemed like a quick fix; it is a method of covering up symptoms, rather than dealing with the root cause of a problem.  Being twenty-one years of age, I decided to take “the road less traveled” – I chose to give Nature a chance.

I quickly developed a thirst for information related to healing and superior health.  With Richard’s love, I was humbled into realizing that I never really knew anything about true health – I had been living in a fishbowl for over twenty years!  I basically had to throw out all of my preconceived notions of what constituted a true state of health; I had to relearn everything.

My quest for ideal health led me down numerous paths: I pushed myself in the exercise realm (namely for toxin removal); I discontinued prescription drug usage; I focused on deep breathing for greater oxygen intake; I followed a sleep pattern that was more in tune with the circadian rhythm; I increased my exposure to sunlight; and most certainly, I made a conscious effort to have a more positive attitude. I believe that a shift in attitude is absolutely necessary both for healing and promoting longevity.  Instead of acting like a victim of my day, I chose to take charge of my life, and accept that every choice I made, no matter how minute, had direct consequences.  Furthermore, I felt that it was necessary to modify my diet because what you put into your body cannot be denied at a cellular level; “you [literally] are what you eat!”

In addition to witnessing the horrific lives of slaughterhouse animals, I accepted that human beings have absolutely no need for animal products in their diets.  A shift in mentality was crucial; I no longer wanted to be an accessory to murder.  From a biological, environmental, and ethical standpoint, it made sense for me to eliminate all of the negative stressors in my life, and diet was of the utmost importance.  With this in mind, I decided to cut out all meat from my diet.  Also, consuming dairy was definitely out of the question – I learned that dairy products are more detrimental to human health than meat itself (due to the exponentially concentrated amount of toxins).  Being raised on dairy, I was aware that I would have to be patient in my healing process, as unknown amounts of toxins were embedded within the fibers of my flesh.

I understood that the change in my diet would cause my body to enter a state of cleansing.  During my transition to a vegan diet, I experienced some minor discomfort (fatigue) as well as cravings for sweet and salty foods.  Thankfully, through my research, I was conscious of the fact that these minor setbacks were a positive sign that I was on the right track – my body was reacting to the changes that I entrenched upon it.  Quite often, I feel that people give up too easily; therefore, it is important to understand the mechanics of the human body, especially through times of change.  After I got over the “hump”, I experienced a dramatic surge in my energy levels – I was able to function at a significantly higher state of cognizance on fewer hours of sleep!

In 2006, I was introduced to the world of raw foods.  Richard had been sending me information on enzymes, and I soaked the concepts up like a sponge.  It really made sense, in my mind, that heat kills enzymes and destroys “life force energy”; thus, it was pointless of me to continue to ingest food that was devitalized.  I joined a raw vegan group in Edmonton, and it was so refreshing to meet people with the same passion about health as myself.  Attending rawlucks (raw potlucks) really opened my eyes to the endless choices that a raw diet could offer.  At this point, my diet consists of about ninety percent raw foods, but I am still in the process of going completely raw.  There are some days that I succumb to the cravings of cooked foods, and I definitely suffer the consequences for giving in to immediate gratification (taste)!  I would like to point out that as a result of my raw diet, I have noticed that my body has undergone some extra benefits: my hair is silkier (and less is falling out); people have commented on my skin’s radiance; and overall, I feel much more at peace with myself and with Nature.

In addition to altering my diet, I increased my water intake. Looking back at my previous lifestyle, I realized that there were days where I did not drink a single glass of water – oh, my poor body! Since the human body is made up of almost ninety percent water, it must be stressed that water is the ideal choice of drink; it is important not only for cleansing, but for the rejuvenation and rebuilding of cells.  Also, with my diet being focused around fresh organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, my water intake has increased ten-fold.

I firmly believe that the human body is quite amazing and – if given the proper tools – it can repair itself to a state of superior health. Throughout my progression, I continued to get regular colposcopies, and I am jubilant in reporting that the cancer is almost completely gone! Rather than accepting cancer as a death sentence, I embraced it as my saviour – I honestly do not know where I would be at this point in my life had I not been touched by this illness.  I believe that health is something that we earn – it is not automatically awarded to us, especially if we treat out bodies like cesspools.  Ultimately, health is a function of responsibility.  My journey to attain optimal health has been a work in progress, and I realize that this journey will continue for as long as I am living.

Comments

Becky

Truly amazing! Thank you Bell. Thanks for sharing.

Jordan

Bell is truly an inspiration. She has changed my life and put me on the right path towards health. As a firefighter I have always been very conscious of health. My job is to help people in trouble. This is more than a job.. It is a way of life. How am I to be great at what I do if I can not help myself first?

Like Plato's Allegory of the Cave, I realized that I was focused on the shadows and blind to the tricks of our social engineering. It is indeed our responsibility to overcome truth-by-majority. I thank Bell not only for standing up for responsibility, but also for her leadership in the search of truth and wisdom.


When studying Plato, I once read an informal introduction describing wisdom:

Most people, including ourselves, live in a world of relative ignorance. We are even comfortable with that ignorance, because it is all we know. When we first start facing truth, the process may be frightening, and many people run back to their old lives. But if you continue to seek truth, you will eventually be able to handle it better. In fact, you want more! It's true that many people around you now may think you are weird or even a danger to society, but you don't care. Once you've tasted the truth, you won't ever want to go back to being ignorant!

Jordan.

Nora Thoren

Thank you for this post. I am struggling with the same form of abnormal cells. I too knew that the traditional lazer surgery did not sit right with me at all. I have been doing acupuncture and eating mostly raw. I hope that I can have similar positive results soon too.

Carolyn

Bell, thank you so much for sharing your journey. You have no idea what comfort it is to hear that you have been through this and come out the other end glowing! I hope the have the same positive outlook as you.

Dayna

Such an amazing story!
I'm always fascinated to hear the journey people take through their lifestyle changes and reasons to becoming vegan.
This is so positive and inspirational. Thank you.

Ricardo

Dear BEll !

I am so happy that you found the Raw path !

All my love to tou from Australia !

Ricardo

ERica

Good for you, Bell! I am in the process of doing the same thing, but with a different illness. I have been 100% raw for 32 days (I ate some bread on day 31 and regretted it), getting fresh air, sunshine, positive thinking, and trying to sleep. I know I will have the same results sooner or later.

Bell, ur awesome!! I'm soo lucky that I have became freinds with such a inspiration. You made me realize that we can overcome everything if we put our mind to it. I love ya and I cant wait to see ya soon!!

Richard

Bell is a remarkable young lady in all respects. I've known her personally for the past several years and am delighted to say that everything she has reported here is true. Credit should also be given to Dr. Lorraine Day for her wonderful set of instructional DVDs which detail a 10 step proven program, including a strict vegan live food diet, for overcoming most common health problems, including cancer.

Cathy T.

Bell, I am so proud of you and am touched by your strength and fearless courage. I had tears in my eyes at first when I read how you have been touched by cancer. But reading how you have decided to react to it have not only made me proud to know you but I have been inspired to make changes in my life and those around me. I have alot of respect for you, being so young and having all that courage inside of you. Your smart, beautiful and healthy! You are a role model.

Jeremy of Toronto

Bell is a truly an exceptional individual. You have kept an open mind to be receptive to different ideas. It takes tremendous amount of COURAGE to take action, especially in the time of adversity and crisis. Consequently you've made a difference in yourself and others.

Keep up the good work! Your positive attitude would be contagious! :-)

Bell Chung

Wow, I am overwhelmed with the positive responses - I'd like to thank everyone who has firstly taken the time to read through my article, and secondly to everyone who has been gracious enough to add a comment!

Becky: It was definately my pleasure in sharing my story :)

Jordan: WOW! Thank you for those kind words - I absolutely LOVE the quote! I knew from the moment I met you that you were special.

Nora: I am so glad you have listened to your inner voice. I wish you all the best in your journey!

Carolyn: I'm so glad you enjoyed my piece! Well wishes for you as well!

Dayna: Thank you so much for your kind words :)

Ricardo: Thank you for your positivity! One day I hope to visit Australia.

Erica: Oh I know exactly what you mean! I used to love bread, and that's been a weakness that I am almost rid of. I wish only the best for you!

Crystal: I love you.

Richard: You are the dad I never had - you don't know how much you mean to me. I love you.

Cathy: I feel the same way about you - I am lucky to know you and have you as a friend. I will always remember how you stood by me during those rough times in high school.

Uncle J: I miss you so much! I hope you're doing well in Toronto. Hopefully we will connect again soon.

Margaret S

Hi Belljean,
How lucky you are to have received all this info so young. I had irregular cells and immediately starting taking Folic Acid. Fortunately my next Pap was clear and has been ever since.

harshal

Bell,

Thank you for sharing your remarkable story. My brother (Dhru) suggested that I read your post because he thought that it would immediately inspire me. It has!!! Thank you so much!!! The universe provides you with exactly what you need when you need it!

Zoe

Bell, Thanks for sharing your inspirational and amazing story.
You are so strong and brave a true inspiration to me, it is great to know people like you are here on this planet with me, when I sometimes feel alone in a non raw, pro medicine world.
If I hear of anyone with your (ex)condition I will show them this webpage and your story.
Love and Light and more Love
Zoe

Katia Picada

Hi Bell, your uncle Jeremy sent me your link. Thanks for sharing your story with us. My husband became vegetarian after watching some movies related to how the animals are treated before they come to our table. It is a lot of stress that, for sure, will affect who eats that meat. I am not eating meat as often as before, but I think I should stop. You are so true when you say 'we are what you eat'. We need to take control of our life as you did. Congratulations! I wish you all the best!

Bell Chung

Marg: I know I'm SO very lucky to have attained this wealth of knowledge when I did! I hope you're doing well :)

Harshal: I am honoured that you have been inspired! I like this quote: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears". Awesome!

Zoe: Thanks for your comment, and I checked out your Purely Raw site - so good!!! I've added it to my favourites.

Katia: Food is an addiction like anything else - it's hard to change without the right motivation; I hope you find yours!

Bell Chung

Marg: I count my blessings everyday; indeed, I am very lucky to have acquired this wealth of information at this age. I hope you're doing well!

Harshal: I am honoured that my piece inspired you! I love this quote: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears". Awesome!

Zoe: Thanks for your support! I love your Purely Raw site - I've added it to my favourites!

Katia: Food, along with many other things, is addicting. I know it's hard to change without the right motivation; I hope you find yours!

hilton ashley tobin

Hello Bell, I am in awe of your recovery. I am very passionate about raw foods and a holistic lifestyle. I am not totally raw but have made great strides. Anne Wigmore, David Wolfe, Jay Kordich and Anthoney Morrocco have changed my life. Bell for skincare, Terressentials in probably the cleanest line available and their haircare is sensational. MorroccoMethod is the greatest holistic haircare line on the planet. I would love the honour of corresponding with you. I to have a serious ailment, clinical depression. I look forward to your complete recovery and the possiblity of corespondence with you. Blessings, Hilton.

Olivia

What a wonderful story. I have had a very similar experience with displasia. It seams that while in some cases, the advances in treatment Western medicine has come accross are amazing, but in other cases, it seems that doctors leave you feeling helpless and scared, not to mention totally dependent on them. I do not believe this is the way it should be. You were very brave to take your health into your own hands and learn all you could. I believe that we do have the power to heal ourselves by making smart choices and following a more natural way of living. Good luck to you! You are beautyful and smart and I believe that you will be just fine. Thank you for your inpiering story!

Bell Chung

I am pleased to report that my cancer is now completely clear - as of 01SEP07!

RAW POWER!

Clayton c.Rudkvist

Bell,I have been truly moved by this story,And have been blessed to have met someone like you-I know we have met for a reason,I've been fortunate to of walked away reasonably unscathed from a life of chaos,drama,and inevitable misfortunes...the streets were no place for me. As I walk this life of uncertainty, I am becoming stronger,and knowing that "things" happen for a reason-I am smiling more than ever and taking one day @ a time.Yours truly, Clayton C.Rudkvist...(Rudy)xo

Thomas K

Keep it going Bell. I changed too. First few days was pretty painful but then... now i'm just getting use to it. hehe, take it easy Bell, see you around.


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Christina G.

Wow Bell, I never knew. This is truly an amazing story and a great accomplishment for you to over come this!! I'm glad things are going much better for you and you have learnt to surpass and beat anything!

jessica

a wonderful story or a true awakening! thank you for sharing this.

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