When I was just 30 years old I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer.
I knew, in that moment, that I had a choice: a choice between succumbing to my poor prognosis, giving up and immersing myself in fear and self-pity; or choosing to embrace life, rediscovering the joy of living and spreading positivity with those that I meet. I, of course, chose the latter.
So, when I was told that my cancer was likely inoperable but that they would give me chemotherapy to ‘make me more comfortable’ I decided that my story didn’t need to end there. I had far too much living to do. I still had the power to remain in control.
Mustering as much strength and positivity as I could – you need to remember at this stage I was critically ill and could hardly walk – I decided to dedicate my time to my health. Having practiced yoga and meditation as a form of relief from a very stressful work life for a number of years I knew that health and healing should be viewed holistically. I began developing my personal healing journey by looking not at the cancer in my body, but at the dis-ease in my mind, body and spirit. The deeper I explored, the more I realised that I wasn’t as healthy as I’d once thought. Stress, anxiety, grief and, unsurprisingly, sugar where plaguing my immune system. I needed to start making changes and fast!
I started to meditate daily – something I’d previously pushed to the bottom of my priorities, telling myself I was far too busy for ‘nonsense’ like that. I started to spend time in nature breathing in the beautiful fresh air that surrounds our country home. A deep inner knowing was telling me that I needed yoga and so I began practicing daily. I also started to embrace a whole food diet free from sugar and processed foods.
And guess what, something wonderful started to happen. Just 7 months after I was diagnosed with stage four cancer, I was completely clear from cancer!
I knew I had to share my learning with others and so I enrolled in a 12-month Ashtanga Yoga teacher training program. Something incredible started to happen. No longer was I just being taught about yoga as a form of fitness – the prevalent view in modern western society – but, instead, I was learning about the holistic benefits of yoga. I was learning about pranayama, the yamas and niyamas and a plant based diet. I knew this was the healing journey I had craved.
And, I was right. I have now been in remission since August 2016 and I am feeling healthier and happier than I ever thought possible. In fact I feel more alive than ever before!
I don’t know if yoga and embracing holistic health healed my cancer but one thing is for sure, it healed my fear of cancer and taught me how to live again.
I now embrace a happy and fulfilling life flowing with joy and positivity. Having started my teacher training as a means of supporting my own healing I now want to share this knowledge with others and help them on a journey to recovery too, and not just those who have cancer, but all those living with dis-ease in their lives. Most importantly I want to encourage those I teach to embrace meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy.
Most recently I qualified as a specialist children’s yoga instructor. I already had a PhD in children’s outdoor play and learning and a deep passion for improving children’s holistic health. This new training is enabling me to bring yoga and meditation direct to families, schools and nurseries. This allows me to provide them with methods that are proven to improve sleep, concentration and reduce sleep. This is exactly the escape from the digital world we all need!
Book a class with me and experience the change for yourself.
Love and light, Fi xx
You can read more about Fi Munro on her website.
She is currently writing a book about holistic health and healing due for release soon.
She is also a regular blogger for Huffington Post.
She has been featured in a number of press releases and documentaries.