Massage Therapy for Cancer Patients

When I was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in 2007, I was pretty sure my career as a massage therapist was over. In 2004, I had graduated with a bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology and a year later was a licensed massage therapist in Oregon, and just starting my own practice. My sudden cancer diagnosis put those plans on hold. It wasn’t until I was on the other side of treatment, a year later, that I started to ponder massage again. I had certainly benefited from it throughout my hospital stay and during treatment (thank you therapist friends!), and wondered, Could more be done for me? Is it safe? Could I do this for other people? What would I need to know?

I started researching the subject of oncology massage and discovered that this was a relatively new field–but growing rapidly. Eventually my search led me to my first training, a class called Massage for People Living with Cancer. I fell in love with it in the first few minutes. This was it! There was a way to combine my education/skills as a massage therapist and my new passion for the cancer world. How powerful to be able to professionally use my gifts, and give to a group of people so dear to my heart. MY people. As hard as it can be to consistently face this world, it feels very powerful to stand nose to nose with some of my greatest fears, boldly offering what gifts I do have to those who ALSO wish they didn’t have to be a part of that world. I am very thankful God has given me such an opportunity and its been more powerful than I could have imagined.

My chance of recurrence is very likely, but I refuse to live under that fear. I will live exactly the amount of days God sees fit and I am truly at peace with that. Fears come and go but my God remains constant. I am excited to step forward in faith to see what may come of this new vision!  I am offering my time, my training, and my heart to people that often feel forgotten.

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“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. ” Luke 12:6-7