Learn how Maria Vargas found Feng Shui a source of energy to help her fight her recurring cancer.
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Michael Tucker: Every year at this time, the Vargas family holds a big party celebrating father’s day and several birthdays including Maria’s. She is filled with gratitude for just being here after battling breast cancer the second time. It's a day full of hugs and kisses for six brothers and sisters, a mother, a father and lots of other relatives. The Mexican buffet has gotten bigger and bigger to accommodate more people and more love as this family is growing larger. When Maria needed support, not once but twice, these people lifted her up. Maria Vargas: I just want to thank all of you for the love that you gave me everyday. Thank you. Michael Tucker: With the first breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, Maria was just a good soldier. When it came back, she was devastated. Maria Vargas: The second one threw me on the ground. Michael Tucker: She picked herself up by keeping her family close even when they weren’t together. Maria Vargas: How do you get through it, I just stayed loved. Michael Tucker: Childhood friend Floy helps strengthen that spirit by introducing her to an ancient Chinese art that has become a central part of the way Maria lives her life now. Floy Grace: Feng Shui is about energy. The Chinese named it “chi”. Michael Tucker: It's a complicated art involving the flow of many elements, things like placement, color, sound. Floy Grace: The energy within the home and how it correlates to your mind and your spirit and your body, everything affects everything else. So when you bring items into your home that empower you, that remind you like Maria does of the love that you have in your life and it gives you such a deep feeling of sense of being. It will always reinforce us. This is very important for health. Michael Tucker: Maria is single and lives alone but she’s never lonely. She has filled this house with positive energy. Maria Vargas: The Feng Shui for me is all about the attraction to the eye. Does it flow? And it's anything in its way that will cause a barrier and I do look at placement for size, for color, for even the elements the woods, the metals, the waters. Floy Grace: Water in Feng Shui means wisdom. And so, this water helps to remind you of the depth of wisdom that each person has and their own connection with spirit. Wind chimes bring a certain vibration. They chime and make a beautiful music. What they’re doing is they’re setting up a vibration that resonates within yourself. We are all energy therefore we are all vibrations. Maria Vargas: This little reflection of my culture is my health reminder that I need to stop and rest. Of course we have laugh in front of him which we know there is no medicine like the laughter. I've got my little chapel from Chimayo in New Mexico when I had just finished my chemotherapy. I took a trip and this is a reminder of my prayers. These are my two sisters who accompanied me to every one of my treatments. Michael Tucker: Maria embraces spiritual aspects of many different cultures. Everything around her here reminds her of what’s important. She can embrace these feelings in her home. Maria Vargas: This is my heaven on earth right here. Michael Tucker: Or with her family. Maria Vargas: My family is my heartbeat. Michael Tucker: Because what’s important is love. Jill Eikenberry: Alice believes in complementary approaches to help in well-being. She has worked as a dance therapist for many years. Michael Tucker: When she learned she had breast cancer and would undergo surgery, a friend suggested a ceremony familiar to American-Indians, a drumming circle.