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A Lifesaving Dream

Radiologist Larry Burk, MD, has dedicated years to the collection and analysis of the dreams of breast cancer patients, uncovering their impact on women worldwide (Burk, 2015). These dreams, often life-changing experiences, exhibit common characteristics that bind them together.

In a remarkable 94% of cases, the dreamer senses the importance of the dream, while 83% report heightened intensity and vividness of this dream compared to others. Feelings of dread prevail, with 44% even finding the words “cancer” or “tumor” embedded in their dream’s narrative.

The Power of The Subconscious

Dr. Burk’s research has revealed that more than half of the women who shared their dreams sought medical consultation as a direct result. Astonishingly, these dreams frequently served as a guiding compass, pinpointing the precise location of tumors in their breasts.

Among the participants in Dr. Burk’s study, Wanda Burch stands as a notable example. She experienced a series of dreams centered around a tumor, prompting her to pursue a physical exam and mammogram. Although neither test definitively confirmed the existence of a tumor, Wanda found solace in the open-mindedness of her physician, Dr. Barlyn. 

Wanda recounts her experience in her own words:

“Dr. Barlyn listened attentively as I shared my dream, placing a felt-tip marker in my hand. ‘Draw the location on your breast,’ he instructed. I marked a dot deep beneath the right side of my left breast, explaining that another dream had revealed a hidden ledge, beneath which the dream debris—or tumor—resided. Dr. Barlyn skillfully guided the biopsy needle to the precise area I had indicated, encountering resistance, an ominous sign of trouble. The subsequent surgical biopsy uncovered a fast-moving, highly aggressive breast cancer whose cells had not yet conformed to a mass formation so as to be visible on a mammogram.”

Breast Cancer AwarenessThis profound revelation propelled Wanda towards successful treatment and inspired her to share her story with others through her book She Who Dreams (Burch, 2003).

The extraordinary accounts of women like Wanda exemplify the powerful insights hidden within our dreams. They emphasize the importance of listening to our inner selves, as dreams can provide vital clues and guidance when it comes to our health and well-being. 

By embracing the wisdom woven within our subconscious, we open ourselves to a deeper understanding of our bodies and the potential to navigate with courage and resilience the challenges we face.


Burch, W. (2003). She Who Dreams: A journey into healing through dreamwork. New World Library.

Burk, L. (2015, October 13).

Dreams that warn of breast cancer. Huffington

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