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.
Oncology On Canvassm Invites People Touched by Cancer to Submit Their Artwork and Narratives
Lilly Oncology and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship have launched the 2012 Oncology On Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition, inviting people diagnosed with any type of cancer – as well as their families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare providers – to express through art and narrative the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.
The Role of Spirituality in Cancer Care
The terms spirituality and religion are often used in place of each other, but for many people they have different meanings. Religion may be defined as a specific set of beliefs and practices, usually within an organized group. Spirituality may be defined as an individual’s sense of peace, purpose, and connection to others and beliefs about the meaning of life. People may think of themselves as spiritual or religious, or both.
A Letter To Jesus
by John Ward
Dear Jesus, I’m sending this letter to You because I’ve been thinking a lot about heaven lately, and I didn’t know where else to send it. I heard that You once said that we are never alone, and that You are always with us, so I believe that You will get this message.
Cancer as a Spiritual Journey
by Anne Coscarelli, PhD, and Michael Eselun
Cancer is a traumatic life event that is often marked by crisis and loss, but also by the possibility of deep spiritual growth and discovery. It is important for people with cancer and family members to have a variety of tools and resources to help manage the challenges that come. Every physical effect of cancer and its treatment also comes with spiritual and psychological consequences.
The Resilient, Adaptable Human Spirit
by Tamara Barto
The dictionary defines “resilience” as the ability to recover rapidly. Although you may not feel like you’ve actually recovered, you will somehow adapt to your changing circumstances. There is nothing like a serious illness or loss to change your “normal” life. Little by little, you will find that a “new normal” evolves.
Cancer and Spirituality
by Rev. George Handzo, MDiv, and Rabbi Andrew Sklarz
One of the facts of surviving a life threatening illness is that everything is different. Your body is changed, and your spiritual and religious outlook is forever changed. However, this “new normal” does not have to mean that everything is worse than before. “New” can sometimes be better. One of the secrets is finding ways to use the experience of illness to grow and be a better person than before.
Can Faith Make You Well?
by Harold Koenig, MD
Can faith make you well? Although there are a few studies that suggest that people with cancer may have longer survival if they are actively religious, the research is by no means certain on this matter. Although you might not live any longer, a lot of research indicates that you might live better, that your quality of life may be higher, and that your sense of well-being may be greater. That doesn’t mean religious people who get cancer never get depressed, anxious, or suffer with their disease. It just means that everything else being equal, those with faith may do better overall.