The following is the foreword for a book called The Inner Path to Healing: Exploring the power of your mind and spirit in healing cancer. It was written by Johanne Robitaille Manouvrier who, since I met her, has not only become a blogger on our French community (faceaucancer.ca), but also a dear friend to all of us here at FacingCancer.ca and Look Good Feel Better. I was honoured when she asked me to write the foreword for the English edition of her book, which is also available in French.
The day I met Johanne we were in Montreal at a reception to officially launch the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation’s report Lives Affected by Cancer—800 Women Speak. And from the moment I met her, I was captivated by her effervescent and engaging demeanour knowing instinctively that behind those dancing eyes and exuberant smile there was a dynamic and compassionate story of survival and joyful outlook on life.
But it wasn’t until I read The Inner Path to Healing that I could begin to comprehend what Johanne meant when she told me that cancer had been the spring-cleaning of her life. In essence, it was the metaphor that literally saved her life, and the catalyst for transformational life change.
Sharing her emotional rollercoaster life, from free spirit and having it all, to realist and having a hunch (she knew there had to be more to life than the next sexy society party) Johanne takes her readers on the journey of a life time filled with love and loss. With articulate compassion, Johanne bares her soul to her readers and shares her own path to healing as she moves beyond “material girl” to “enlightened woman” with a newfound passion to help others navigate their own path to inner healing.
In her words Johanne’s explanation and perspective on healing and moving life forward after disease resonated with my own experience in both a powerful and empowering way. Her book and belief is a testament to the proven science between western medicine and eastern alternative healing techniques that culminate in a harmonious mind-body relationship.
This approach engaged me as a reader throughout the book and I believe this book can have a positive influence on others confronted with the challenges of cancer, and as means to find hope and inspiration. This inspiring book reads like an eloquent piece of music and is as soothing to the heart as it is to the spirit.
As you embark on your personal journey of self discovery and awareness in The Inner Path to Healing, here’s to your belief system and all things possible….Bon voyage!
Sherry L. Abbott, Executive Director, CCTFA Foundation, home of Look Good Feel Better and Facing Cancer Together