Posted on February 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM
As a Drugless Practitioner, I want to write about things that I did not know....but learned! So, In 2015, I will continue to make it my business to share awareness monthly about
Massage and Wellness
Just some information that everyone can find interesting, enlightening and/or helpful! If you find it useful....
Share this Blog so each one can reach one!! 
"When you FEEL GOOD. You DO GOOD!"
Denise Baker-Inegbenebo, LMT, MMP
The Wellness Journey Studio
After a very difficult and trying year in 2014, I am sure you are wondering why the gap in Blog posts? Never would I imagine that I would be telling my very own story of healing and wellness!!
First, let me say that in 2014, it is clear to me that my GOD was looking out for me because it was a tough year and I did not think I was going to make it to 2015. My first big emotional smack was when I lost my very best friend from childhood after she suddenly suffered a severe heart attack. Never in a million years did I think that I would not be sharing my retirement years without her. We had always talked about what we would be doing and we always said it was going to be rocking chairs and umbrella drinks in the sun!!! I cannot begin to tell you how much I miss her wake up call each morning. Unbelievable! Then, within a few months, my favorite 97 year old aunt died after being sick with pneumonia. She was my inspiration and always had a good pep talk for me. Way too much emotionally for me to take in!! However, that was not the end, several high school friends died suddenly and a college friend committed suicide!
Stop the MADNESS!!
But, it did not stop there....I got STOPPED IN MY TRACKS in May 2014. While traveling to Nigeria in December 2013, to get married and host a Wellness event about Diabetes, I noticed that my feet were swelling so much so, I could not wear the beautiful wedding stiletto shoes that I searched for to match my gown perfectly. I was upset that I had to wear flip flops, but I attributed the swelling to the hot weather in Nigeria......like 110 degrees in the shade! I had a wonderful time in Nigeria....a new world to me! The Nigerian people were very loving and kind. My husband introduced me to his family who treated me like royalty and are now a part of my family! I had a wonderful time, but I had to wear flip flops for the rest of my vacation and business events. After I journeyed back home, I noticed that the swelling did not go down, but once again, I attributed it to being on my feet at my Massage Studio....it got very busy because I had been in Nigeria! Well, the long and short of this story is that the swelling did not go down....it got worse! My feet do not normally swell so I decided that I needed to see my primary care doctor. Remember I said I got stopped in my tracks? I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer with complications of 2 clots that had traveled to both lungs!! I had to have surgery but it was delayed due to the clots for over a month which included a week in the hospital laying very still while the clots were being treated. Finally, after my surgery, I was told that two large masses were removed.....a basketball and a grapefruit and I would need to have aggressive chemotherapy. WOW.........WAS I SCARED!!
Why am I telling all my business in this Blog post? Because I hope that I can help someone else who is down and out....look up with HOPE!!! My life was shaken to the core in 2014 and I want everyone reading this to know that Wellness does not happen on its own! I had to tune into my health and wellness. I also had to tune in and listen to what was going on with my body and what my medical team was advising!! Last, but certainly not least, I had to go to a place of spiritual connection because my human side was emotionally exhausted and I was very scared! It was in that zone that my thoughts went from negative and scared to spiritually powerful and positive!
I heard a whisper and truth be told....
I really had no where else to go.....
I was already in panic mode!!
Now, I am six months in as a cancer SURVIVOR! The amazing BLESSING is I know that this was much bigger than me as a human being....
and the power of what do I do NOW!
So, I want to leave you with some prayerful tips:
STEP ONE: Make sure you stay on top of negative thoughts that make you fearful and scared. Research reports that human beings have about 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day. Fear will paralyze you and make you think doom and gloom.....all day long.
Stay positive and tuned into how your thoughts are flowing.....
STEP TWO:  Positive thoughts may be hard to develop, but zone in and redirect what is swimming in your head....making sure to filter and say positive words....out loud if need be, to keep your mind on track that positive is the only word patterns you need and accept. You will be surprised how defeating thoughts will flood your brain....but fight back!!
This is were Meditation and Prayer become very helpful. Tune in spiritually and know that your GOD has a plan for your LIFE!
STEP THREE:  Understand that we live in a different world that tends to be sick on many levels, so you will need to work hard to invent thoughts that keep you centered and focused on living in a positive space. This may require you to get rid of the old and gather the new....that may be getting rid of negative people and reaching for positive environments where you can have peace of mind!
This is where your support system of positive people help! I call them Prayer Warriors and Angels.
STEP FOUR: Once you start turning the page to life anew, realize that YOU can have Wellness on many levels once you surrender what you have no control over. That includes a diagnosis you feel overpowered by.  Life and the new chapters of life will begin to unfold when you heal and take control over what you can change now....stay in the moment.....do not worry about yesterday or tomorrow....
Stay in the moment of time which is HERE AND NOW. This is where you may want to start a Journal that you write in everyday about things that make you feel good or what you are grateful for....
or things you have survived or overcome!
STEP FIVE: If you see a change in your body or become sick, know that the human body is intelligent and being sick is the warning sign! The biochemistry in the human body sends many alerts to let you know something is going wrong....sometimes we overlook warning signs because we are much to busy with life. Tune in and consider it a wake up call! Tune in and take action because you are being given a gift and a lesson that may be trying to teach you or show you something is wrong and needs care and attention right now.  It does not matter if the change is in your Mind, Body or Spirit.  Wellness is that journey you get to try to figure out with your Doctor and heal it. Not all Doctors are medical! Emotional wounds can tear you down as well. Hmmm! Take action quickly on the lessons that the mind, body and spirit are showing! This is where your courage becomes your driving force....take a chance and use it!!!
In closing, my life has dramatically changed from being stopped in my tracks and I feel blessed to be able to tell the story.  My outlook on life is totally different now. I am seeing life with new eyes! I hope my lesson of the swollen feet and this Blog post will inspire you towards daily WELLNESS!
I hope to see you at The Wellness Journey Studio soon! I am including the Studio website and my email contact:

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