Healing Strong offers alternative way to fight cancer


Teresa Rohleen and Kristen Barry have formed a Healing Strong chapter that meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Advent Lutheran Church in Suntree.

Anyone diagnosed with cancer can heal himself through nutrition, exercise and alternative practices, says one cancer survivor who offers a nonprofit organization, Healing Strong, so others also can benefit from evidence-based nontoxic therapies.

A six-year cancer survivor, Kristen Barry, has started a chapter of Healing Strong in the Melbourne/Suntree area. 

“I have spent years healing myself and helping others heal from disease and/or the effects of cancer treatments,” Barry said. “I had moved from upstate New York to Florida in June 2010 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. I was rushed through traditional treatment. I discovered the Young Survival Coalition and attended conferences around the country and then started to do a lot of research.”

As Barry continued her research and searched for a possible cancer survivors group that gave healing help, she became committed to using nontoxic, natural, holistic methods for treatment.

“I was a survivor from regular treatment that had a lot of horrible things happening with side effects,” Barry said. “I did more research on the Healing Strong organization and decided that is the group that needed to be in this area. People seem to be rushed into traditional medical treatments doing more harm than good. I contacted another woman who was also doing traditional treatments and was doing research and changing over to the holistic side of things because of the side effects she was having.”

Barry has reversed a lot of her issues. One was a sudden hearing loss on her one side after having platinum-based chemo therapy. She reversed that and regained her hearing from zero to 100 percent in six weeks by taking vitamin E, correcting a hearing loss her doctor told her she would have to live with.

With the help of Teresa Rohleen, the women have formed a Healing Strong chapter that meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Advent Lutheran Church at 7550 N. Wickham Road in Suntree. Meetings are open to the public.

The organization connects, supports and educates individuals facing cancer and other diseases with evidence-based nontoxic therapies. Many of the choices rely on healthier diets.

For more information, go to facebook.com/groups/HealingStrongMelbourneFL