By Karen Degen
“Jason” came to me with stage IV pancreatic cancer. The prognosis for stage IV pancreatic cancer is grim. It’s inoperable and the medical intervention is mostly palliative care. Through the enthusiastic encouragement of a friend, however, Jason came to see me for an EFT session.
The main emotional trigger I found was his resentment toward his wife’s mother, who he referred to only as “her mother.” In the exact words of his wife, he was “dying to tell her what he thinks” but couldn’t because of the rift it would cause in the family and it wouldn’t change anything anyway.
Jason was not particularly in tune with his emotions, so I worked primarily with his body feelings. He told me that he felt the “her mother” emotion in his pancreas.
We tapped on the following statements:
Even though I resent “her mother” for being a manipulating worm, I accept myself and my feelings.
Even though I have all this “your mother” emotion in my pancreas, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I resent “her mother” for saying _____, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
Even though I can’t change “her mother” or what she says, I choose to stay calm, relaxed, and at peace.
Jason and his wife were born in the same town in another country and because of his terminal prognosis they were going home to spend the last of his time with his family there. I gave him EFT tapping homework and advice on how to cope with seeing “her mother” whilst there.
A few weeks later I received the following email written by his wife:
“As you know, my partner and I left New Zealand in a hurry when he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Ever since we arrived, he’s been undergoing further tests to reassess his condition in the light of his apparent improvement. The good news is that today his diagnosis has been reviewed and the conclusion is that his tumor is smaller than previously thought and less aggressive, which means that he can now undergo surgery (even prior to having any chemotherapy) and his chances of surviving and having a good quality life are now looking quite good.”
It amused me that the doctors said it was “smaller than previously thought and less aggressive.”
What if they were correct the first time and the cancer had shrunk and he was starting to get better? No doubt they didn’t consider that. Was it EFT that made the difference?
It was only one session, so who knows, but what I do know is that resentment is a very damaging emotion to carry for any length of time. It has been stated that resentment and feelings of bitterness can interfere with a body’s immune system and hormonal balance. Research studies have found a strong correlation between harboring resentments and having high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and a greater risk of dying of heart disease and other serious illnesses.
There are several scientific studies on the EFT Universe research pages showing that EFT does improve physical symptoms. As EFT reduces emotional stress, it can also help regulate blood pressure, whether it’s too high or too low. Make sure you tap on both your symptoms and the emotional roots of stress just like Jason did.