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Feb

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My Name is Rick Connolly

I’m about to celebrate my 30th birthday, a milestone I was told I was not going to reach.

In May of 2014 they discovered I had a large sarcoma in the left side of my neck/upper back that had caused severe erosion to several vertebra and appeared to be threatening my spinal cord.

As you can imagine this discovery came as a horrible shock, not only to myself but everyone around me, and the thoughts and feelings that followed were of a nature I never thought I would ever have to try to comprehend let alone live through and deal with, as I’m sure many of you have possibly experienced.

Looking back to the start of this journey, I couldn’t see into tomorrow let alone into the future, but I soon realized I had an inherent will to live, deep within me that I never really knew was there.

I soon learnt that I was inoperable and had metastases in my lungs.

There was nothing any conventional doctors or medicine could do for me, apart from offer me some form of synthetic poison that held a long list of direct effects, none of which were very good. I was told that these chemicals could possibly give me more time but obviously no better quality of life, (that of which I have now eclipsed).

So it was, I had to go it alone, with initially only a handful of knowledge about the mountain that stood before me and not really any idea of how I would attempt to scale it.

As time went on and I searched, read, listened, read some more and spoke to people to gather anything I could find that may be of some help to my situation. I slowly learnt and uncovered a world of truths, especially about myself, not to mention the world around us that has opened my eyes to a reality I realized I was totally unaware of.

I have been made aware of the nature of our society and the general lack of education regarding ourselves as strong, capable individuals who can provide everything we need for ourselves, (via proper diet and lifestyle factors as well as emotional and spiritual relief/cleansing and growth) to live happy, healthy, conscious and disease free lives, (for the most part).

I feel we live in a society that is cloaked in betrayal and deceit, and we as a society are allowing decisions to be made on our behalf, from behind a desk, that are having a direct impact on our state of well-being and quality of life. I feel we are being dumbed down by a world of corporations and control that is teaching us we don’t need to think, let alone know what to think when it comes to our own health and wellbeing, but to basically just consume and watch TV.

The solution? EDUCATION!

In a perfect world our children would be enlightened from day one, regarding the beauty, complexity and endless possibility of their minds and bodies and the magnificence of the world around them.

What better place than here, what better time than now?

All roads have led me to this place in time and I believe its all for good reason. From what most would call a death sentence, I have found myself in the greatest and most liberating position I could have ever imagined, and I am now beginning to discover my true purpose in this life.

All because of knowledge. What could be a better source of wisdom and knowledge than gritty first hand experience with an open mind?

Untold good has already come from my diagnosis, besides my own personal journey of growth and self-discovery, (that will continue until the day I leave this body) but also the impact it has had on so many other people, known and unknown, directly and indirectly, I have not yet been able to fathom.

I have realized that from just talking to people that known me, or I have met recently, some have taken it upon themselves and changed their habits for the better and have been made aware of things that directly affect them, that they maybe wouldn’t have otherwise. The causality? KNOWLEDGE.

This has therefore become one of the greatest inspiring factors for me moving forward, and the reason for your eyes panning left to right across the screen.

Please make no mistake, this is not yet the fairytale story with a tear jerking ending only a few paragraphs away, this is a marathon; not a sprint. I am in the process of creating the ‘fairytale’ by being fully aware of my place in this world.

I am now the architect of my life as apposed to the inadvertent creator I spent my first 28 years as. This is a lifestyle and direction changing ‘gift’ that has been bestowed on me, and has essentially given me a real chance at discovering my full, unrealized potential and the possibility to do something truly meaningful with the rest of my time in this body.

I am not as yet free of the disease that was not so long ago thriving in my body, but I am very much so in a place where I can understand the possibilities, not only of our minds and willpower, but of the world around us that has helped me to understand what is actually possible in this life. Thanks to many very special and knowledgeable people I have had the privilege of meeting and working with along the way so far.

I want to offer a first hand account of the ebbs and flows of my life, the trials and the highs I have experienced during my experience so far, so as to give insight, examples and things to question and look into further, but ultimately hope and inspiration. Also to help shed some light onto things that I have encountered, found difficult and testing but also those that have been liberating and help to keep me pushing forward.

I feel like I have white paint for a black future.

I understand that I am not yet a lifeguard; I am still very much so learning to swim, and I intend to keep doing so as I now know that knowledge and education are absolutely essential, especially in a situation like this.

I believe true healing comes from deep within, and at the very heart of it is the need to know and understand ourselves fully, to a point that we can tune in and ask ourselves the big questions, with a clear mind in order to find the big answers we seek and ultimately live the life that is truly ours, free of judgment and fear.

The uncertainty of this life is something we all have in common and always will, no matter what our situation. I for one feel blessed that I can now spend the rest of mine with my eyes wide open.

Comments (39)

  • Truly Heal

    Well done. your first post is up on the net.

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  • Marysia S Wojcik

    Thank you for that courageous and enlightening post which I am sure will inspire so very many on their path to wellness.

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  • Sheryl Orton

    Richie you are truly an inspiring young man and I am overwhelmed at the depth of your courage to take the path you have and delighted that you are in a place in your life that gives you insight you need . So proud of you and love you very much xx

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  • Raewyn Orton

    Hello' my name is Raewyn Orton….Sheryls sister in law…..just wanted to tell you how much I believe in what you are doing…..Gary and I wish you all the very best.

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  • Abaco

    Richie,

    You are strong and smart and I can see true healing coming from deep within yourself. You have chosen a wonderful task educating others. People like you make our Earth a better place to live.

    Happy Birthday and best wishes for a bright future!

    Odette

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  • Arie El

    Wishing you the best on your healing journey- you can do this!

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  • Rick Connolly

    Thanks Sheryl Orton and all of you, really means a lot. This is the path i have found my self on and i'm going to make the most of every step. Like i said, I feel like I can be a part of the change this world and our future generations need. I'm out there now, but we are all a part of this and all have the potential to make a real difference, not only in our own lives but in those around us. Please share. Much love.

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  • Rick Connolly

    Thanks Sheryl Orton and all of you, really means a lot. This is the path i have found my self on and i'm going to make the most of every step. Like i said, I feel like I can be a part of the change this world and our future generations need. I'm out there now, but we are all a part of this and all have the potential to make a real difference, not only in our own lives but in those around us. Please share. Much love.

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  • Lidiya Lipatnikova

    Rick: Quite the journey; I wish you success in it. Consider reaching out to @radicalremiss / https://www.facebook.com/RadicalRemission to add to the list of spontaneous remissions of a radical nature.

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  • Marie Dyste

    You are an inspiration. Educating yourself is the number one most important thing that most people fail to do when diagnosed. My younger brother was diagnosed with sarcoma 2 years ago. He and his wife chose to take the medical route, no matter how hard I tried to encourage them to look into alternative treatment. He suffered from day one of treatment, for a full year and a half, before he passed. I truly believe he would be with us today, with little pain and suffering, had they chosen to educate themselves. There are so many people out there that have been successful with alternative treatment. I will be praying for your healing and strength through this process.

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  • Amanda Rose Guthrie

    This is Awesome Rick!….. This is what the world needs more of. You are doing amazing! So glad to see your story here to inspire people to think of the alternatives 🙂

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  • Justine Connolly

    Rick what a truly inspirational article with such logic and clear direction.

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  • Rachel Harrison

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and journey with us Rick, you are very inspiring and I look forward to reading more.

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  • Josh Meyer

    Great perspective Rick. I am on a similar journey, diagnosed with appendix cancer with metastasis to my abdomen. I have been on a journey to not only heal completely but to live completely! Best wishes to you!

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  • Melissa Fey

    Just inspirational words Rick. I too believe in such a way of living 'eyes ppen' as you put it. I will take this wisdom and use this to push further at Everest in May. You always have been and always will be a delight to have in my life. Keep spreading the word, I know I will be sharing it. 🙂

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  • Sharmaine Hare

    Hi rick you may not remember me but i am married to steve melissa's cousin. I was saddened when Paul told us of yr illness however i truly blown away with ur positive outlook and inspirational words. All the best with yr fight and determination. All the best Sharmaine Hare.

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  • Isopo Samu

    Go well Rick. It's a good fight you're fighting.

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  • Paul Broadbent

    Congrats on your display of the human spirit!!!!!

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  • Zacc Forbes-Smith

    Nice one brother! Well written and a great insight into what you have learned about living and will power

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  • Christine Henderson

    Congratulations on your first post Rick, well done. I remember you in my prayers every day. Love and God Bless, Christine

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  • David Lui

    Rick, I admire your courage and positive attitude to your situation and to life. You are truly inspirational and sharing your thoughts and journey inspires me and others.

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  • Vital Longevity

    Giving people power and hope, through knowledge and spirit is a priceless gift; and so well written!

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  • Jared Opo Carter

    Sorry to hear about your ill health bro!! Keep writing and learning and fighting! I still remember when you got up and sang shoots and ladders in the hall at boys high!!! I thought you were brave then…

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  • Paula Burchart

    Happy Birthday to you Rick. Wonderful post!

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  • Jessica Telfer

    Well done bro, your words have changed lives and as you know your situation and education has changed our lives and lifestyles.
    Chemical free is the only way for me! ! Xxxx

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  • Tony Yuretich

    Kia kaha Rick

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  • Jaxon Fawcett

    Good on ya Rick mate!!!

    I too was never meant to see my 30th birthday. Was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at 26 and 3-5 years to live.
    I turned down chemo and started feeding my body what it needed. REAL food! Juices, Smoothies, started mega dosing vitamins and minerals as well as a few alternative drug free treatments and im still here today without a mm of cancer growth in almost 6 and a half years.

    Keep up the great work.

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  • Jaxon Fawcett

    Good on ya Rick mate!!!

    I too was never meant to see my 30th birthday. Was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer at 26 and 3-5 years to live.
    I turned down chemo and started feeding my body what it needed. REAL food! Juices, Smoothies, started mega dosing vitamins and minerals as well as a few alternative drug free treatments and im still here today without a mm of cancer growth in almost 6 and a half years.

    Keep up the great work.

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  • Linda McHuron

    Rick, Wonderful to meet you and have the great conversations. Thanks for your inspiration and courage – it has given me a push that I needed.

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  • Rick Connolly

    Thank you so much Marie, that is sad to hear, but it is an all too common occurrence this day in age, to trust the man in the white coat, that what he says is gospel. Truth is he is no different to you and I, he only knows what he has been taught, and that tends to be what he believes. Sadly though we have been programmed to believe him. This is where the change needs to happen, people need to take responsibility for themselves. It will be a hard ship to turn around, but with exposure and education i believe this can happen. All the very best, thank you!

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  • Rick Connolly

    Thank you mate, we now sing a similar song i think! Except i still have a lot more knowledge to gain. I enjoy your posts and will continue to share them, thanks for your advice. What good is information if it is not shared?

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  • Rick Connolly

    Unreal mate! Thats exactly the kind of thing that needs to be heard! Congratulations, its real stories like yours that keep me pushing forward with certainty and a knowing that everything is possible! Your an inspiration!

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  • Rick Connolly

    Hi Linda! Likewise it was a real pleasure to spend that time with you also. Thank you so much, i hope you are doing well and enjoying your new place! Take care!

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  • Rick Connolly

    Haha for sure, the good old days. Im now living from the same sort of place again, feels good to be as carefree as i've ever been but also as disciplined as possible. Hope your well bro and still don't drink like you used too! haha Zacc's bathroom sink!! Good times.

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  • Rick Connolly

    Hi Josh, thank you mate. You said it, its about living completely, I really believe that and you have confirmed that even more. All the very best to you Josh!

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  • Dolores Speakman Beale

    Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration.I remission and more hopeful after reading your story…Dee

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  • Marie Dyste

    Rick Connolly I completely agree, sad, but true.

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  • Bridget Kraft

    What a story! Thank you for sharing and I sent you lots of positive energy to finished this journey with a BIG happy ending and a BIG smile knowing that the dis-ease has left your system. Best of luck !!!!

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