My Beautiful, Crazy Cancer Secrets

My Beautiful, Crazy Cancer Secrets

My_Beautiful_Crazy_Cancer_Secrets_Tandy_ElisalaI feel so incredibly blessed to be here and share the secrets that helped me get through cancer…a FOURTH TIME. I truly believe my journey with cancer is over. done. period. No need to leave the room, change clothes and come back in the room masquerading as something else. I’m done. I get it. I recently wrote an article about my 10 secrets for outsmarting cancer.

In that article, I outlined the 10 things I did to help me heal. I discuss things like detoxification, pH balance, increased oxygen in the body and much more. In this article, I’m highlighting my overall secrets (not necessarily products I took but things I did) to help me heal.

#1. Stick with my gratitude practice.

I knew, felt and believed that gratitude is the foundation for developing our greatness and is key to living a life filled with passion, peace and joy.

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Having a solid and consistent gratitude practice of affirming three things I’m thankful for every morning served me well during my darkest hours. I relied on gratitude a lot. By focusing on gratitude, I stayed (and shifted) my mindset to a positive one.

#2. Trust in and use my alternative healing practices.

I trusted and listened to my countless doctors, however, I didn’t rely on conventional medicine alone to heal. I knew in my heart that both conventional and alternative healing modalities would be most effective. I used self-hypnosis, Reiki and Tapping (the Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT) to facilitate healing.

#3. Rely on and seek out humor at every turn.

Humor heals. I believe it. I feel it. I watched so many comedy shows and funny movies. I avoided dark and negative shows.

#4. Listen to positive, uplifting music.

Music is a universal language and I really love listening to music. One of my most popular posts is an article with 226 songs to put you in a better mood. You can check it out here.

#5. Journal and ponder my legacy.

I started journaling by answering questions about my life. I tackled different topics with the goal that when I do die, my kids will have a lot of stuff about me and my life documented. I felt this was healing and brought me peace. I helped my parents hone their legacy and saw and felt the benefits of doing so through their death process. I knew I wasn’t going to die from cancer, yet, felt empowered when I journaled:-) You can read more about other things we’ve done around legacy here, here and here.  I know you’ll get some awesome ideas you can apply in your own life and with your family.

#6. Ask for and accept help.

I got over myself, got out of my own way and realized that I needed and wanted help. I’ve grown so much in the last several years around feeling worthy and deserving of all the goodness life has to offer and knowing I deserved help of all kinds. This really helped me on so many levels.

#7. Love and accept myself.

This is probably one of the biggest breakthroughs I had through this last bout of cancer. I really, truly love and accept myself. I had a few powerful ah-ha moments through this process. I learned to say no to the wrong things so I could make room for the right things in life. I learned that I am perfect in all my imperfections and I no longer give a damn what people think of me.

#8. Recognize the power of the mind to heal!

Boom. Mic drop. THIS is the secret sauce. I really believe that we have the power within to be, do and have anything we want. It’s up to us to bust through limiting beliefs, fears and all the crap we allow in our heads and create a life we truly love. It’s up to us. I also know that this can be a complex subject. My spiritual journey over the span of 16 years has helped prepare me for this journey. I had a strong foundation and that served me well.

There’s certainly more to the story but this highlights my secret sauce for healing through stage IV cancer. Self-Love and Self-Care are wildly important. I invite you to grab your FREE Self-Care Made Simple Checklist with self-care ideas for your physical, emotional, spiritual and financial health.


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Tandy Elisala

Family Caregiver Coach, Cancer Empowerment Advocate and Chief Inspiration Officer at Center for Inspiring Greatness | Empowered Family Caregiver
Tandy Elisala is passionate about helping family caregivers go from being overwhelmed and stressed to empowered and calm. Tandy went through cancer four times and learned how to heal using conventional, complementary, and alternative therapy. Tandy left her corporate career to take care of both parents simultaneously while raising three kids as a single mom. She took care of both parents for 2 1/2 years until their respective deaths. Tandy now teaches what she learned on her journey. Tandy is a family caregiver coach, a multiple best-selling author, inspirational speaker and mom to three adult kids, one angel dog and one diva cat.

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11 replies
    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thanks so much, Carol! I appreciate your comments. I agree these tips are great for life in general!

  1. Kristen Wilson
    Kristen Wilson says:

    OMG Tandy… wow… you are truly a blessing to have fought AND WON 4 times. Sorry you had to deal with it, but wow.. you have amazing strength. I think your tips are great for ALL of us.. great reminders for sure. Keep fighting girl.. you have a super story to tell, for sure.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      I appreciate your kind words, Kristen! Yeah, it’s been quite a challenge but I’m definitely stronger and wiser for it.

  2. Trisha Walker
    Trisha Walker says:

    Tandy, with several friends fighting for their lives I cried as I read this post. Thank you for being a strong testament for others battling this horrible disease. I am so happy you are cancer free!!! God Bless!!!

  3. Jennifer Quisenberry
    Jennifer Quisenberry says:

    Tandy, that is an incredible journey you have been on. I’m so pleased to see you overcome it, and like you, I believe it’s the last time. Thank you for sharing your journey – you never know who your words may help to live and thrive.

  4. Robin
    Robin says:

    The title gave me Goosebumps! What a wonderful ministry of hope you have! With sensible steps, this is the complete package! Well done!


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