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A few weeks ago, we talked about finding meaning after a diagnosis of cancer. Also related to this topic, researchers have found that having a strong sense of spirituality helps people better adjust and cope with cancer.
Spirituality provides a foundation of inner strength that can help people find hope, gratitude and keep a positive outlook in the midst of a cancer diagnosis.
Your own sense of spirituality may include values and beliefs that bring meaning to your life as well as how you connect to your inner self and those you define as sacred. At times, it can be difficult to spark these feelings. This week, I thought we could explore a few ways to reconnect with your inner spirituality:
Having a strong connection to your spiritual values and belief system can be a powerful way to help you reframe your cancer diagnosis, find meaning and purpose in life and reveal what is of value and importance in your life.
How do you connect with your spirituality? Follow me on Twitter at @SherylNess1. Join the discussion at #livingwithcancer.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago today. Still reeling and trying to find my way. I am a christian but struggling to find enough focus to find comfort in the Word.
Jan. 25, 2013
After a bout with Pneumonia last March and 2 biopsies I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. I think I was in shock for awhile, knowing that this disease is incurable. I am a Christian with a strong faith and as I went to God's Word and all of the promises there in I immediately was comforted and found peace. I've found that when I'm focused on Jesus my circumstances don't rule my life. I know that God loves me and will bring good out of this whole sickness and for His Glory. I'm on so many prayer lists and I feel like I am covered like a blanket with them. My side effects from Chemo have been bareable and I continue to go about my life. It's been 10 months since my diagnosis, I'm thankful The good Lord has allowed me to live thus far. When I do die and go to Heaven, I am so much more ready now than before. I have no fear and my family have had the time also to prepare. I pray for those who have no peace in their trials, it must be so painful. I am blessed.
I was just told today that I have breast cancer. I've been praying, along with my family and friends, and have come to an acceptance of my diagnosis. It's Stage I so that's something I'm grateful for. I meet with the surgical team on Monday, so I'm having a little anxiety about the prescribed treatment. The cancer is way back by my chest wall, and I'm afraid they will recommend a radical mastectomy. I pray for the strength to deal with what is ahead of me. Oh, and my son is getting married on Dec. 27 in another state so I have to fly there. I hope and pray that I will still be able to go.
Having to deal with IBC for the last 8 years and now knowing it has metastized has been excruatingly painful emotionally and physically. Without the support of my husband of 42 years and my sister's caring (she died 3 weeks ago(, I wonder how I am going to have resilience. Writing poems and haiku has been my lifesaver.
My faith has carried me through the last of chem and radiotherapy, only that I know God is holding me in the palm of his hand am I able to remain at peace. My fath community are all praying for me.
I have been through treatment four times in the last 5 years as my cancer is a chronic condition. I agree with Marcy completely! In addition, I have just finished read Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander (a neurosurgeon) which is an amazing account of his NDE(near death experience)
I am beginning chemo for colon cancer and have been writing in a gratitude journal. It helps me to forget for a time the ugly word "cancer" and reflect what is most important in my life. God has blessed me with a loving family, beautiful friends and a great big wonderful world!
As a cancer survivor, you really do need
to give yourself some "upper/uplift moments"
like mentioned in this article. You definitely
need to have "time out moments" where your
cancer thoughts are temporarily in the background.
Spirtual strength through daily meditation and a brisk morning run is one of the most relevant factors in my healing -- thank you for sharing this.
My father was diagnosed with leukemia early this year.This has become an opportunity for me to utilise my spirituality(nichiren buddhism) to impart courage,hope and vitality into our situation.
My church family has been a great support for me, praying for me and encouraging me. I don't know what I would do without my faith, prayer, reading the Bible and meditating. It is calming, and brings hope and peace. It helps me find purpose and meaning in what I'm going through.
This is so very helpful and I do thank you. The man I love has pancreatic cancer. Seeing him gone from a burly and proud man to loosing weight, being tired and fragile is so hard. I am trying to be there for him as much as I can. You blog and information is very r helpful. I feel your support. My thanks and blessings to you!weight My
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