About an hour after I wrote the post Dances With Cancer, Helena’s condition suddenly took a turn for the worse. She started feeling achy, feverish, and exhausted. Her color turned a pale greyish yellow, and she could barely keep her eyes open.
I stopped what I was doing and got her into bed. (Not before doing a coffee enema, of course. This is the recommended treatment when a reaction like this happens, because the body immediately needs to be flushed of any roaming toxins.) Helena joined the guests again for dinner, had some Hippocrates soup and juice, and went back to bed.
The aches, chills, and fevers continued throughout the night, and when I woke at 6 am, she was covered in sweat, still in deep sleep. When I finally woke her at 7:30 am for the first coffee break of the day, she looked terrible. Her skin was the same pallid color, and she was sweaty, achy, and exhausted.
I ran between preparing coffee for Helena, warm lemon water for the guests, orange juice (Helena), a shot of chlorophyll (guests), oatmeal (Helena), and raw granola, fresh fruit and nutmilk (guests). All this before 8 am!
Just as I was telling the guests that Helena wouldn’t be leading meditation that morning, she appeared at the window, fully dressed and smiling. “Are you ready to get started?”
I looked at her in amazement, and she grinned back, her eyes absolutely full of Helena. Then I walked into the kitchen and burst into tears.
What is a Healing Reaction?
On Sunday after our guests left, Helena went back to bed, and I got on Facebook to chat with my Gerson pals. We’ve been waiting for the illusive Healing Reaction that so many of our friends have experienced and seem to hope for. Was this it?
I listed Helena’s symptoms:
- body aches
- loss of appetite
- exhaustion/deep sleep
- inflammation, bleeding and pain in the tumor
- mood swings, depression, irritability, sadness, anger
(NOTE: I often joke that caregivers have flare-ups, too. Add “an intense desire to consume large amounts of chocolate” to my list of symptoms!)
Typical of my Facebook Gerson group’s response (which is why I love them), I received a resounding, “Yes, it sounds like a Healing Reaction…did she do an enema? Hang in there!”
Why do Healing Reactions Happen?
A Healing Reaction—also referred to as a flare-up—is a sign that the body is detoxifying, and this is a good thing. It’s the whole point, really. Many Gerson patients have observed that following a really big healing reaction, patients suddenly find a decrease in their symptoms.
We’ve been told that there’s a big flare-up that happens around Week 7 (didn’t happen) and then another around the third or fourth month. Yesterday marked the end of the third month. We have friends who seem to have an intense Healing Reaction every month, and others who never had one but were cured after 18 months.
As our friends Claude and Marcia put it earlier today:
“It all depends on what you brought to the party from your life [before you started the Gerson Therapy.]“
Some party, huh?
We’ve also been advised that Helena’s brief reaction could be an indication that something bigger is on the way, and given her symptoms today, I think that’s a strong possibility.
Is a bigger Healing Reaction necessarily better?
No clue. We’ve read stories of people who go into a coma-like state and are hospitalized as a result of a Healing Reaction and then wake up to discover that the tumor had literally been absorbed by the body overnight!
We sure hope so.
NOTE: For our friends out there who are doing the Gerson Therapy, I’d love to hear about your experience with Healing Reactions. How long have you been doing the therapy? How many flare-ups have you had? How long do they last? What are your symptoms? If there’s anything I’ve missed, I’ll be sure to update this post.
- Gerson Chat: Detox Don’t Play! (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Gerson and Me: What IS the Gerson Therapy? (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Dances with Cancer (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Living on Gerson Time: “It’s 9:30…do you know what juice you’re on?” (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- Bowing to the Gerson God (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)
- The Gerson Therapy: What’s for Dinner? (liveyourbliss.wordpress.com)