By Niki Volkman
A note from Laura Richer: Niki Volkman is a friend of mine who recently battled leukemia. She was in severe pain and was very ill during her treatment, but she found that Reiki helped her immensely. This is her story.
After months of different meds and IV treatments to combat nausea, pain, and insomnia—all stemming from cancer treatment—I was ready to try anything. Massages, cupping, acupuncture, and the like were not options due to my low counts from chemotherapy. So, despite my initial skepticism, I decided to give Reiki a try on the recommendation of some of my doctors and fellow patients. I’m thankful every day that I put aside my hesitation and did!
It’s a very difficult task to make a cancer patient comfortable, but as soon as the session began, I felt my body begin to relax and an utter sense of calm wash over me. The energy made me feel like I was glowing from the inside out—and I am not someone who was previously a “believer” in treatments like Reiki. After that single session, I felt more energized and renewed than I had in months, so I decided to keep going.
Not only did the Reiki treatments help to calm my mind, but they also had positive physical effects! After about 3-5 sessions, I felt like I was in far less pain with a noticeable decrease in my nausea levels. As a result, I was able to cut back on the frequency of the drugs I was forced to take to alleviate pain and nausea. Were it not for Reiki, I know my leukemia battle would have been an even greater challenge.
Now that I’m cancer-free, I still continue to book Reiki sessions. They not only help to center me, but they help me with so many of the lasting side effects I now face as a result of leukemia and a subsequent stem cell transplant. If you’re looking to experience something new, I highly recommend trying Reiki as a noninvasive and natural way to alleviate any mental and physical burdens.