I have been a H.T.B. for 5 years and have worked with 4 different women. All who have enjoyed and appreciated the service we offer. I have found personally that the relationships that are build create a safe and nurturing space for women with breast cancer. It gives them permission to share there fears, concerns and just surrender to divine order. Having someone to confide in who is not emotionally attached to the out come yet gives love unconditionally seems to be a real comfort . I have been honored to be a buddy and have grown personally thru this experience. All of my buddies have shared that having a session prior to chemo helps with the side effects and there over all well being.
One of my buddies I was able to help transition peacefully. This was a beautiful experience to participate in and I am grateful for the love and trust we shared. Namaste`, Susie
Hi I am Susie Higgins C.H.T.P. I have had 3 healing touch buddies over the last 4 year. It has been my privilege and honor to be of support to the brave women battling breast cancer. In a small way I can assist them in relaxing,reliving fear and pain. We can set a intention or mutual goal for our session coming from a heart centered space. This is where peace and healing takes place. I receive as much as I give maybe more.:) Healing Touch Buddies is a great support system. Namaste`, Susie
I was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer in February of 2009. It was stage III b and that was after being x-rayed, examined, and biopsied and told I had no cancer. I was in shock. I was overwhelmed, afraid, angry, and feared that I would not be around to take care of our beloved 3 grandkids with my husband Ralph. I wanted to scream, cry, punch something, and run away. But I couldn't. I had to stay and fight. The fight lasted more than a year and ended in March of 2010. First I had strong chemotherapy to shrink the cancer so I could get clear margins with a mastectomy. I then had a double mastectomy with many cancerous nodes removed. I had 35 days of radiation to my chest wall and under my arm....this was a second radiation. Finally I chose to do 16 more weeks of another aggressive chemotherapy.
A few weeks after my diagnosis I met Betty Ann Baker from Healing Touch Buddies. I went to her office and entered a world of caring, serenity, safety, and healing. I would come to Betty Ann anxious and often in tears with my heart racing, engulfed in fear. I would lie fully clothed on a massage table and close my eyes. The room was dimly lit with soothing music playing and a hint of lavender in the air. For about an hour Betty Ann healed my body and soul with the trained touch of her hands. I would leave the session almost in a trance. I was relaxed, calm, and ready to face my fight.
I could call or email Betty Ann anytime and she would listen to me, reflect my feelings and fears in a way that gave me self understanding, and quickly schedule a healing touch session for me. When I was too weak and fatigued from the chemo to come to her office she came to my house. Betty Ann worked with my surgeon and gave me a book about preparing for surgery before my double mastectomy. Everyone in the operating room voice positive affirmations during my surgery. On the morning of the surgery, Betty Ann was there at about 6 AM and stayed with me, doing healing touch, until I went into surgery. She was there when I came out of surgery too.
Betty Ann loaned me meditation tapes which I continue to use almost daily. She was a constant in my life in a time of disconnect and the unknown. Betty Ann cared for my body, spirit, and mind. She connected with me heart to heart....spirit to spirit. Betty Ann will always be my "friend." Surviving breast cancer is work, as I have discovered. I am sure that I will be calling Betty Ann again to help complete the healing of my body and spirit. What Betty Ann gives is from her heart....it is an act of unconditional love and caring.
I know that Healing Touch Buddies is a heart-centered gift from its founder and all of its volunteers. My sister, Betty Ann Baker, founded this organization after her own personal experience with breast cancer more than 11 years ago. I have had the priviledge of meeting many of HTB's team members since its humble and loving beginnings. Humble and loving it remains, even as the gift of its services reach further out in the region and the country. I encourage you to start a chapter in your home city. Betty Ann and her colleagues will bring the finest training right to your door. Spread the love and share the hope of Healing Touch Buddies.
Rev. Marcia L. MacLean
A one-of-a-kind and exceptional healing benefits for cancer patients. It has become readily accepted today how acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and prayer are all incredibly positive practices for healing both physically, emotionally, and spirituality. Healing Touch Buddies brings to the patient a combination of the essence of all these practices and takes it to a higher level of energy work. Scientist are learning more and more about energy and healing. Dr. Larry Dosey,M.D., and Internist, wrote a book 15 years ago on "The Healing Power of Words." Only one of many books on the subject. Scientist, physicians, and alternative health/healing specialist are learning and teaching how (what is being called...) energy work assist in the healing process for a patient. It exceeds the realm of allopathic or traditional western medicine. I used to be a big skeptic of such practices until I was asked to be the development director of a new start-up non profit organization specializing in alternative medicine and wellness resort. My research revealed that there are a lot of nut cases out there, but that much of the movement in America, or at least new to us, treatments have been around in the world for centuries, practiced and successful in healing. I encourage people to remain a skeptic and to do their own research, don't take just any persons opinion about anything. In my search to learn and understand, I have found many "unusual practices" to be very objectionable. However, as a spiritual person, I have learned to believe in the "power of prayer." I can't explain to you how it works, but I know for a fact that it does. Healing Touch Buddies, through the skilled and soulful hands of Betty Ann Baker (Juno Beach, Florida), has touched my life and assisted in the healing and recovery of a rare and extensive breast cancer of which I was never supposed to have lived. I was diagnosed terminal with less than a year to live, that was almost 8 years ago. I have the greatest oncologist in the world and I have been examined by several specialist, none can believe that I am alive, and not only alive but doing exceptionally well. To look at me you'd never think that I was even sick. What I want to suggest to any one reading this is I am no longer a skeptic, but I have learned that sickness and healing can be illusive and confusing. But sometimes our approach to healing can be just plain common sense. It is all the things we've been taught all along, eat good food, drink water, get rest, have fun and probably most importantly... "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience." This is something I learned in training to be a Hospice volunteer. I don't know the origin of the quote but it changed my thinking about life, suffering, death and healing. It is my opinion that "Healing Touch Buddies" practices the highest for of healing available to us at this time. I pray God blesses this every individual in this incredible organization.
I was fortunate to be a Buddy who received the gift of Healing Touch as I healed breast cancer. I could feel results from the mix of energy shifts augmented by the use of essential oils during my treatments. It was awesome as I learned to confront emotional issues that were likely to have led me to the stress that my doctor confirmed as the basis for my diagnosis (no family history). I highly recommend this 1 year complimentary program offered by the volunteer healers of the Healing Touch Buddies program.
I have known HTB for 3 years now and I am amazed, every day, at the tireless efforts of the volunteer healers and staff that contribute to make this small nonprofit a guiding light and healing force in the breast cancer community. We all know someone who has fallen ill with this horrible disease and, hopefully, those who struggle with survival have support and love from their families and community. Not everyone is that fortunate tho and even when there are people around .. it's not the same as someone who becomes your buddy, is there on the other end of the phone, in the treatment rooms, holding your hand, healing you with Healing Touch and for no other reason than their love of you as a fellow spirit winning the toughest battle of your life. There is no compensation .. there is only the joy of knowing they are helping and healing. HTB struggles to make ends meet and all donations and support is so appreciated. They also need practioners who take the certification classes and then become available to help. This is truly one of the most amazing, dedicated group of people I have ever known and my life is better in knowing them.
Having a "Buddy" with Healing Touch Buddies was an enlightening honor. The trials and tribulations of women with breast cancer is, at times, overwhelming. It was helpful to the patient and gratifying to me to participate with this healing modality. Healing Touch Buddies performs an awesome service in South Florida. We are so lucky to have this organization here.
This is such a wonderful service for anyone going through breast cancer. The Buddies or Practitioners are loving, kind, and supportive of your journey. The results show less pain, ease of discomfort from chemo/radiation treatments, and an overall sense of being loved and at peace.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last October. It has been the scariest most stressfull thing I have ever had to do and I could not have made it this far without my buddy! Every time she gives me a Healing Touch Treatment I come out feeling sooo good! It's really a wonderful thing, I feel so blessed, and thankful for all that she has done to help me.
I have been part of the inception of Healing Touch Buddies, plus I've had a buddy and have interacted with other Buddy programs and am now the Educational Director of the program. From the onset, when Betty Ann Baker asked me if I wanted to be onboard to get this Buddy program off the ground - it has had a magical energy to it. I've seen Buddies who had gone into remission and remained there (such as mine) and have experienced Buddies make incredibly peaceful transitions through this program, plus everything in between. But what I see even beyond that, as the instructor for the Volunteer weekend training program all practitioner volunteers must take, - is that it continually spreads the consciousness of unconditional love and nurturing. The givers gain as much as the receivers in their own ways. And people who know about this program, take part in it or just hear the stories are somehow enhanced. It is the template of what I hope we are progressing towards. The ability to give and to receive without ledgers or vouchers or receipts of any kind, but just the loving energy of kindness.
First as a provider of healing touch and now as a client as I journey through my breast cancer experience I can tell you this organization provides invaluable support for anyone going through this journey. The dark moments are truly lightened by this network of loving Lightworkers.
It is with great joy that I take this opportunity to share about Healing Touch Buddies. My background is in Nursing and I have been involved with Healing Touch since 1994. I remember when Betty Ann Baker's vision for this organization came into being. This was accomplished largely due to her passion for supporting others through the healing journey of breast cancer. And it has been through her passion that she has inspired so many others to be involved in this service in whatever ways they feel called to do so. The combined heart-centered focus of many Healing Touch students and practitioners has touched the lives of so many people. The far-reaching effects of their service, is most extraordinary, touching the lives of the clients they serve, their client's families and extended families and friends. For when the opportunity for healing is co-created, its' benefits go far beyond anything we can imagine. It is my prayer that Betty Ann's dreams for this organization come to fruition with grace and ease and that she is able to continue to serve so many with the heart-centered compassion that is truly at the center of Healing Touch Buddies. With blessings of gratitude, Ilene Gottlieb, RN, CHTP
The Service that Healing Touch Buddies provides for women (and men) dealing with breast cancer is not only wonderful, it is the necessary part of compassionate medicine that has been missing in our profession. I have been an oncology nurse for 23 years and a hospice nurse for 5 years. I am also a CHTP and a Healing Touch Buddy.....It has given me a chance to view both sides of the chemo chair. Enlightening, rewarding, and so needed. I finally feel like I am doing true nursing, with presence. Thank you Betty Ann!!!
As a widow with family a thousand miles away, I thought I would have to face my cancer totally alone. My doctor suggested that I call Healing Touch Buddies. They were there for me all the way from pre surgery and for an entire year after surgery. My practitioner/buddy was also my angel.
Healing Touch Buddies for Women with Breast Cancer 07/12/2009
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