Spiritual Care for Cancer Survivors
by Jamie Alexis Cohen, PsyD, and Rev. Susan P. Conrad, ACPE
A cancer diagnosis changes your life. Suddenly, you may find yourself on shifting sands, unsure if your feet will ever land on solid ground. When faced with the uncertainty and fear that this diagnosis can bring, you may wonder, “In whom, and in what, can I trust?” You may suddenly feel vulnerable, searching for sources of meaning, faith, connection, and belonging. A cancer diagnosis may shift your relationship with spirituality.
Healing Your Spirit
by Kava Schafer, MDIV, MA
Every day in my work as a hospital chaplain I meet with people who are living with cancer in ways that inspire me. Many of these folks tell me they cultivate spiritual well-being, even while dealing with a serious diagnosis or while facing treatment challenges. And yet, it is not at all unusual for these situations to bring survivors and their families to the existential brink.
Tending to Your Spirit
by Michael Eselun, BCC
Merriam-Webster’s first definition of the word heal is “to make sound or whole.” So when we talk about healing, we have to address all the components of our wholeness. Certainly, taking care of your physical well-being is a big part of that, but it’s not the whole picture. You also have to tend to your spirit.
Meditating My Way through Treatment
by Janis L. Silverman, MA
When I learned that I had breast cancer, it felt like a blow to the gut, and to the heart. I was navigating uncharted waters – new doctors, unfamiliar medical terms, so many appointments. It was a lot to digest, but I was determined to remain positive. I had been using guided imagery meditation for years before my diagnosis. But when I searched for meditations specific to my thoughts and feelings about breast cancer, I found nothing.
by Vallory Jones
Pink is not cotton candy at the circus.
It is not nail polish on my toes.
It is my destiny.
Nurturing Your Spirit
by Walter V. Moczynski, DMin
Living with cancer can be challenging. But the cancer journey can also be a time to explore new ways to nurture your spirit and find inner peace, courage, meaning, community, hope, and a broader view of life. For many people, spirituality is an important part of coping that brings a sense of wholeness and well-being in the midst of illness.
Thriving Through Your Healing Journey
by Steven Spidell, DMin, BCC
Thriving with cancer, not just surviving, is becoming the goal of many cancer survivors. While accessing spiritual resources has mostly been an individual pursuit, help is coming from an unexpected source: the rapid rise of integrative and complementary medical approaches within the healthcare system.
Finding Meaning through the Cancer Journey
by Larry S. Cockerel
Everyone hopes to discover the meaning of life. What is your mission, your purpose, and your meaning for the life you have been gifted? We all search daily for the answers. We pray, read, seek guidance, and even travel the world searching for meaning.