2 Books That Changed My Life

by Polly N on April 20, 2012

I think nearly everyone has at least one moment in their lives where they can say that something “changed their life” in some way. For some it may have been meeting their soulmate or finally deciding to follow their heart and do a job they love. And for others it may be getting a scary diagnosis. This is certainly true for me and if I had been at an auction where cancer was up for grabs I certainly wouldn’t have been raising my hand but it has been a massive catalyst for change in all areas of my life which has ultimately shaped who I am right now, today.

There are 2 books that back in 2005 that ultimately shaped what was my future and is now my present. When I was first diagnosed I was given “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay and “The Journey” by Brandon Bays, both of which opened my mind to the possibility of my body healing itself through self-exploration. Although I decided to go down the conventional route at that time, owing to the fact that I had no idea of where to start when healing my body by myself and the fact that my doctors sense of urgery scared the shit out of me, these books opened a door within me that has never closed. This had led to my belief that the body can heal itself without drugs which fuels my stubborn determination to heal myself naturally despite being two years on after my second diagnosis and still ridin’ that cancer bus.

In “You Can Heal Your Life”, Louise Hay discusses her belief that we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. She includes a directory of ailments and emotional causes for each with a corresponding affirmation to help overcome the illness. Of course, if it were that easy to heal cancer, then there would be no more cancer in the world so for some people, this is a little hard to digest. However I believe that our body is a reflection of our mind and that a lot of dis-ease comes from not loving the self. This is where the affirmations contained within the book can really help. I truly believe that if we all loved ourselves more, took ourselves, life and our bodies less seriously and remembered who we really are (ie pure consciousness one with the Universe and lived that way everyday there would be no room for dis-sease.)


“The Journey” is a book about how the author Brandon Bays healer her own ovarian cancer which was the size of a football in just six and a half weeks!  She undergoes an emotional healing journey, trying to uncover the emotional root of what she believed was causing the disease in her body. The book goes into detail of all the dramatic things happening in her life at that time including her husband leaving her, her daughter disowning her and her house burning down. Sorry did I just spoil it for you?! Ooops, no really go read the book, it’s worth it! From her healing journey, a deep emotional process called “The Journey” has been created which helps to heal the body on an emotional, spiritual and physical level.

For me these two books have been instrumental in getting me on the path I am on now and while it has not been easy, no scratch that, it has been and continues to be the hardest thing I have ever done, I know in my heart this is the right thing to do. I am continually having to breakdown to breakthrough but I guess that’s why my soul requested this life path – to experience as may emotions in a physical body as possible. And boy am I doing that!

Have you read these books? What are the books or things that have changed your life?

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Gillian April 20, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Polly!! I’m right in the middle of reading The Journey!! Haven’t got to any of that yet lol

The Shaddow Effect by Deepak Chopra A-MAZ-ING!! Everyone should read it and the world would be a much better place! :-)


Emily Evison April 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Hi Polly,
I have stage 4 cancer, but a similar attitude towards my body’s ability to heal itself. At the start of April I attended a Brandon Bays workshop weekend in London, which was utterly incredible. She is truly an inspiring woman, and the idea of releasing cell memories to enable a body to self-heal makes so much sense.
I also use affirmations daily. Especially intense when I have my weekly acupuncture sessions, but I also run them after lunch and on the school run(the part without the kids!!) It just seems so realistic that negative statements can have an impact and if so why can’t positive ones? I had acid reflux at times of anxiety in the past, now I am using affirmations to fill me with joy, self love and positivity. It can only be a healing thing to do!


Gwen April 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

HI Polly! I stumbled onto your blog… thanks for writing about your experience and nutrition after cancer! I was diagnosed last year with stage 3 breast cancer and was overwhelmed by the decision to do conventional treatments, but chose to do some while researching holistic approaches. Now I am feeling better than ever and learning so much! I really appreciate your heart!


polly April 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Thank you Gwen thats so sweet of you to say so! Im glad to hear you are feeling fit and well! xxx


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