Mindfulness and Cancer 3: Making Peace with your Body

Many patients express that their relationship with their body has changed as a result of cancer. For some, their favorite feature has been distorted or overshadowed by physical changes resulting from surgery or radiation. For others, it is a sense of mistrust in their own human condition that has left them feeling shaken and unsure. Read more about how to change your relationship with your body using mindfulness techniques following your cancer diagnosis.

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Accepting Support with Grace

Asking for, and accepting, help from others can be particularly troubling in our Western society which emphasizes individuality and independence as cultural values. Relying on others can often bring up feelings of shame, guilt and inadequacy. However, research has demonstrated that ones perception of connectedness to their social network is a reliable indicator of well being (Cohen & Willis, 1985; Helgeson, 2002). Read more about how to offer and ask for help.

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Navigating the Disorientation of a Cancer Diagnosis

When patients come to see me after a cancer diagnosis, we often spend time talking first about how disorienting a cancer diagnosis can be.   What many find is that they were going along in their life on a particular path with some idea about what would be coming next and suddenly they find that life has taken a left-hand turn somewhere and they are now on a new path, not of their choosing. 

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