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  The Awareness Option® Foundation, Inc.
It is the mission of The Awareness Option Foundation to be a catalyst for improving the health and quality of life of people from all cutural backgrounds who are economically, socially or physically challenged, or who suffer from chronic illness. Committed to holistic healing, the Foundation underwrites programs and develops community partnerships which support experience-based health education opportunities.
Barbara Merrill
Jeanenne Webb
Jeannine Seamons
Joan Feil
Jack Gardner
Jolee Nowers
Teresa Okada
Tori Skiles

To Whom It May Concern:

One day in August 2006, I received a call from a person named Jan. She called to tell me that the Utah Cancer Specialist gave my name to her. She was calling to see if I would be interested in being a part of a grant or a study that she was doing. The study was to do some integrated awareness, some light touch therapy, get my fingerprints read and I would be able to make a wish. It would involve three table sessions and would not cost me anything. There would also be a one day workshop and I would have to complete some questionnaire and take fingerprints after each session. There would be two groups, one test group and one control group. They were looking for 30 people to participate in this research grant. I did not feel well at all from my treatments and was not thinking clearly while she was trying to explain this program to me. I told her I needed to think about it and would get back to her if I decided to participate.

At first I was very leery about our conversation. I wrote down some notes and she gave me her web site address to look into more information. The light touch sounded a little bit similar to what my sister does. Our family does not understand that either, but I called my sister and explained as much as I could to her and asked her if she had heard about it. She said, to go ahead and try it, it couldn’t hurt. So I call Jan back that weekend and told her I would enroll in her research. Luckily for me, I was selected for the treatment group.

This research program sounded very unusual and the first table session gave me the same feeling. The day of my first session was the first day that I could drive that week after treatment. I was feeling lousy and was experiencing terrible side effects from my treatment. I was in pain; my hands were still purple from the chemo treatment. They were numb as well as my feet. I was barely walking. My hands and feet were starting to peel from the severe reaction from the chemo. I was having difficulty communicating with my medical team, as they would not see me or acknowledge that my symptoms were a caused by the chemotherapy. If I could not trust my medical team in treating me, how could I trust some hokey pokey wish making organization? I did not feel like driving across town to this appointment and my husband forgot about my appointment, and I had inconvenienced him so much already, so I drove myself. I was and emotional and physical basket case.

I got there maybe a little early. The sessions were in the basement of this house. There was no sign on the door that would identify it as a business, so I knocked on the door. A gentleman answered the door and assured me that I was at the correct location. I waited in the living room and could hear voices behind a door. I was then fingerprinted using thermal energy onto a computer. Everyone came out of a room and the client reassured me that it was very relaxing. I was still apprehensive about what was to take place. Then I was introduced to four people. I was then ushered into this bedroom. I was asked to sit on a chair at the far end of this room and the other people sat behind me. I was feeling trapped and having all these strangers staring at me or making sure I could not escape. Then, Jan began to ask me questions and to pick emotion words on a paper. After that I was asked to make a wish. This was getting stranger by the minute.

Jan asked a question, I do not remember what, but it hit an emotional nerve. I started crying and explaining my frustration with my doctors and the sever pain I was in from the chemotherapy treatments. After I was able to gain some composure, I was asked to lie on a massage table. There was a gentleman at my head and a person at the feet and a person of each side. They started to do their thing, and had me close my eyes. They felt heavy feelings of anger, I thought, duh, I just broke down and was expressing my frustration, circled some angry words on a paper and was allowing people to do their thing to me. I have never been to a séance, and wondered if they were going to lift me off the table. Maybe they were doing voodoo; No that did not happen. They tried to tell me that they saw ancestors from many generations ago and asked if I was holding on grudges from that time era. No, that is not me. They sand notes and continued to talk what they were feeling in my body. After the session, I was fingerprinted and given ice cold water in a bottle with a positive word written on it and sent home. They said I would be exhausted, it was the opposite, I was feeling energized. I called my sister and explained what had happened. I was able to talk to my friends. Emotionally, I felt so much better.

The next table session the following week was much more relaxing, I do not know what Jan said, but it triggered another emotional breakdown. This time I tried to make a wish and my wish was not accepted because it was a wish for the well being of someone else. So after a lot of prompting I just accepted the wish they wanted. This session went well, although they said I had radiation running through my body so they sprayed me with essence of black licorice or something that smelled like it at least. They sprayed it on my hands and feet several times and on themselves. I thought maybe I was toxic. This time they explained they were pulling threads from my feet. They would lightly touch me, and then agree on words or a series of words to assign the threads. When they were all in agreement, they pulled them. It all sounded weird, and after the first session, I felt energized after the first session, after this one, I could not have felt worse. After this session I was tired, but drove home. That evening I was exhausted and went to bed early.

The next week, was a workshop on integrated awareness. It was informative and we took part in some integrated awareness activities. It was a lot of visualization and imagination of colors, objects and making pretend connection between organs. This was too much for me. I thought it was going to be a very long day. They kept referring to our partners, I misunderstood when we were told to bring others, I thought it could be anyone; I brought a good friend of mine, not my husband. We had handouts to follow and presenters were having us try to make connections of organs in our body. This was going to be a very long day; at least, we were able to go to lunch on our own. The activities made sense of what they were doing at the table sessions. They should make cassette tape of their connections if they want us to remember all these steps.

The final table session was the day before my chemotherapy. This time the wish was to accept the chemotherapy with ease, grace and benefit. A new group of people performed the session. At the end of this session, I was told to visualize the color peach. A peach in all of its glistening glory was the color for my chemotherapy session. I must have lost all my childhood imagination. I could not visualize the color, so I went to the store and bought half of a case of peaches. The Utah peaches were now in season. I made some homework cards and then took the card and peaches to people at work and asked them to visualize and eat their peach at 2:00 pm as this was the time would be going through my chemotherapy. I emailed friends and family to ask them to help me with my visualization and think positive peach power and ear a peach at 2:00pm Utah time. I then gave the rest of the peaches to medical workers at the Utah Cancer specialist and to patient undergoing chemotherapy.

During my treatment session, I had nurses coming in and singing peach songs and saying peachy words. This must have worked because for the first time in 6 rounds of chemotherapy I was able to function fully energized. The next day, I was able to work in the yard all day. I had the basic bone pain they told me I would experience, I the numbness and tingling of the hands and feet by the third day. The pain and numbness I was experiencing was manageable and wouldn’t stop me from being productive and performing my duties at work. I felt great and had a positive outlook concerning my treatment. For the first time, I did not feel like my medical team was trying to kill me with their treatment. I do not care that I am not a visualization person. I was going to make an appointment to go back for another treatment before I had to under go the next round of chemotherapy. When I returned to work that Monday, I was able to thank everyone who took part in sending all that positive power. I had a friend call me from California. She was amazed at my recovery. She laughed as I tried to explain the integrated awareness. Her husband, a university professor, got a good chuckle too. I do not care, I felt great and integrated awareness does not have any aversive side effects that cause pain.

I do not think that I can get into the connecting the organs for immune system strengthening. Or I will not be able to visualize triangles and make connections of organs to the brain. The power of positive thinking and the energy that these sessions provided to me was enough to convince me of the power that these people possess in helping to provide comfort and help with dealing with cancer and their treatment. If you are skeptical, just remember what my sister told me, it couldn’t hurt. It is better than adding another drug, like antidepressants, to your system and having to deal with the side effects.

My next wish will be that the next session is as positive as the last session.

Teresa Okada

P.S. Below is a copy of the email I sent to my friends and family:

I need you to help me with a science project. I have been involved in a study using Integrated Awareness and Reflexology. I have gone to three sessions and they say that I have issues of anger, loss, resentment, shame, disgust and a few more. They have been working on me to pull these threads of wounds from my body. I do not know why I have such a strong sense of these emotions as it seems that my chemo treatments have been so filled with adverse side effects and I can not get the doctors to hear my wounds (sarcasms.) Anyway, they told me yesterday that I have a color peach as my energy field. I need to take this imagery of peach and see it as golden and glittery. Sounds like feelers. They said if I can think positive thoughts and see that the treatments are beneficial, I could accept my treatment with ease, grace and with positive side effects. This may sound hokey, but it is worth a try and you positive energy has carried me to this far.

So today, at 2:00pm, I want you to take this peach and imagine the golden glittery color. As you eat your peach, think of the juices and positive elements of the peach in all its glory. Take those thoughts and send your positive energy my way.

Once again thanks for your help.


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