"Two months after my stepson's suicide, I was diagnosed with breast cancer" .

Meet Cindy @yogibarbellbabe sharing her #yogasavedmylife story with us. These are her words đź’š

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. "My spirit was crushed & the sudden circumstances & uncertainties changed my life forever. I remained strong most of the time for the sake of my family, while internalizing my own grief with the help of prescription drugs to numb the pain. Grieving made me question everything including my spiritual faith

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After my bilateral mastectomy & reconstruction surgeries I suffered from intense anxiety & depression. I was angry & I felt cheated & robbed of my femininity

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I knew removing my breast was going to get rid of my cancer but living without my breast I couldn’t register. I was concerned about how my husband was going to cope. His first son had died 5 years before the suicide of his 25 year old second son. With two deceased sons, an emotional teenage daughter & a wife with potential reoccurring cancer, I was worried. He is a brave man & my rock & certainly had his hands full

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I constantly struggled whether he would find me attractive without breasts and nipples and whether I would love myself without them. The perception of myself and body image changed and I continually battled with negative inner chatter

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Two years of grief therapy, physical therapy, & couple therapy I began mentally adjusting to my new body & I began learning skills how to live and cope without my loving stepson

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But it wasn’t until practicing YOGA consistently that I truly began my physical, spiritual & healing journey

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I discovered  yoga to be the most beneficial therapy & it introduced me to a life of self care

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Yoga makes me feel complete & not separated from myself. It allows me to heal emotional trauma. The movements heal my wounds each time I practice & it changes my negative thoughts into positive thinking, it strengthens me entirely

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It improved my health during recovery when I could barely raise my arms to my head & most importantly it improved my desire to heal depression & anxiety. Vinyasa gives me more confidence to share my feelings & not internalize them" 🙏

Namaste .

đź’š Cindy