Heal Your Emotional Wounds. Too many women suffer from Super Woman Syndrome and it affects their health. The fast-paced way of life keeps our body in the “fight or flight mode” which has been shown to accelerate the growth of cancer. Learning to manage our stress, set boundaries, forgive ourselves and others is all part of the nurturing process.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Véronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of Breast Cancer Conqueror® and co-founder of My Breast Friend™. Her signature process has empowered thousands of women in over 43 countries around the world. Dr. V has personally conquered Breast Cancer twice, which gives her an empathetic perspective to understand other women facing a healing journey.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
After my father’s death from pancreatic cancer in 1983, I dove into research about evidence-based natural medicine and ways to reverse and heal cancer. I saw amazing results with all kinds of dis-eases in my practice as a result of applying those wellness principles.
Fast forward 20 years and I found myself facing a breast cancer journey after finding a lump in my left breast.
At the time, I thought I was living a very healthy lifestyle, but as I dug deeper, I realized that I had been missing a few pieces of the puzzle. There were times when I was frustrated and overwhelmed. I needed a plan and a system that would keep my journey organized and simplified.
That’s when I created The 7 Essentials System®, a step by step guide that supports women that are struggling with their breast cancer diagnosis.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
Essential #1 — Let Food Be Your Medicine. With what we now understand about how food affects our gene expression, an organic and nutrient dense diet is foundational.
Essential #4 — Heal Your Emotional Wounds. Too many women suffer from Super Woman Syndrome and it affects their health. The fast-paced way of life keeps our body in the “fight or flight mode” which has been shown to accelerate the growth of cancer. Learning to manage our stress, set boundaries, forgive ourselves and others is all part of the nurturing process.
Essential #6 — Repair Your Body with Therapeutic Plants and Supplements. Supplementing with the proper amount and type of Vitamin D can reduce Breast Cancer risk by up to 83%. Trace minerals such as zinc, magnesium and selenium can have a profound effect in Breast Cancer prevention.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I had a recurrence of breast cancer 5 years into my role as “the Breast Cancer Conqueror.” It was quite devastating since so many were looking to me for hope and guidance. I dove deep into research and self-reflection and realized the following:
I was not managing my stress very well and burning the candle at both ends.
My thyroid was out of balance
My sleep was suffering
I discovered I had an auto immune disease that affected the tooth that sat directly on my left breast meridian.
I assembled my healing team, did the work and 3 years later there was no evidence of cancer! 😊
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
My biggest mistake was putting work and other women ahead of my health and well-being. As a result, I created the perfect storm for cancer to show up in my life.
I continually asked myself — “What is the gift that this cancer is bringing me? What is this cancer trying to tell me?”
I learned that cancer is a message to do more things that bring me joy and less things that bring me pain.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
My team and I have supported thousands women in 43 countries. I have created the 7 Essentials System® which takes the confusion out of the healing process.
And now with the My Breast Friend™ Training Kit, women will learn how to practice very early detection at home. They will not have to simply wait for their yearly screening but can take a monthly proactive approach in prevention. Size matters when it comes to surviving Breast Cancer. The smaller the lump, the better the survival rates.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I grew up in a very dysfunctional alcoholic home with very little love and nurturing. As a little girl, I was sexually abused by our next-door neighbor, who was a convicted pedophile. These events resulted in very low self-esteem and belief in myself.
But my aunt Gabrielle became my biggest cheer leader and gave me the confidence to follow my dream of bringing wellness to the world by becoming a Chiropractor. And the rest is history. 😊
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
My passion is to empower women around the globe so they never have to fear Breast Cancer again. I believe that Breast Cancer can be prevented and healed IF one applies The 7 Essentials System®.
What are your “3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- Love and serve but protect your heart.
- Love and serve but nurture your body.
- Love and serve but learn to create boundaries.
I have been a caregiver my whole life. It began with my parents and then with my patients. As a woman on a mission to serve women with Breast Cancer, I lost my balance and lost myself. This lead to emotional and physical crashes that took a toll on my heart and my body.
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be? (Let another “woman in wellness” know that you respect her as a teacher and guide! )
It would be Dr. Christian Northrup. She has been a pioneer in women’s wellness and has empowered women around the world to thrive, not just physically but emotionally as well. She addressed the mind-body-spirit connection decades before it was a popular notion.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Because of my personal journey, mental health is near and dear to me. I believe that at the root of all dis-ease is emotional pain and internal conflict. I have experienced first-hand how healing one’s mind and heart can have a huge impact on one’s physical health.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights!