One of the awful side effects for a lot of breast cancer survivors (like myself), who have had lymph nodes removed during surgery is a something called lymphedema.
For me, I have found the symptoms indicating a spiritual blockage to be uneasiness, lack of peace, anxiety, lack of sleep, and a restless mind. To be honest, it can feel like torment because it feels like you can’t seem to get it together, or get your life under control. Sometimes it’s because we don’t want to examine or face whatever the reason for that blockage is. It could be pride, or the flesh or just plain stubbornness keeping you from doing what needs to be done. If you have given your life to Christ, your life is not your own anymore. You have invited the Holy Spirit to come into your body and take residence there. He moves things around and changes things about you that only He could do and if you fight against those changes, you can find yourself at war with yourself and that can also cause a spiritual blockage.
- I could purchase a huge jacket-like garment that I could sleep in that would be plugged in and would compress and decompress throughout the night helping to get the flow of my lymph nodes going again. This jacket of course would have cost me thousands of dollars.
- I could try something that has been successful with some other breast cancer survivors who experience lymphedema – acupuncture. My first reaction to that suggestion was to wrinkle my nose up in distaste. I’m not a fan of needless and I did not believe in acupuncture, I instantly “poo-poo’d” that suggestion with a wave of my hand. However, I did not want to sleep in a contraption that I had to pay thousands of dollars for (which wasn’t even an option because I didn’t have it) and which *might* not even resolve the issue. Ironically, following my appointment, I had a discussion with my brother about my options and found out that he had tried acupuncture for back pain and it had worked! So I decided to give it a try, after all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.