Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Pages 3 To 6
When I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in February, 2006, I chose to use the book ‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ by Greg Anderson as a prompt to journal what thoughts the book triggered into a workbook. It helped me to focus on what was happening and took me out of my head and onto some paper hardcore.
When I would write things out in the workbook, Angelique would pick it up as fast as I put it down to see into my head. I think it helped her to see where I was at.
Quotes from the book will be in italics. Angelique’s words will be in bold.
Medical Treatment – meet with oncologists at St. Boniface Hospital. Put treatment plan in place and go forward. Chemotherapy; surgery; radiation. What is hormonal therapy? Immunotherapy? Herceptin?
Take charge of my management of my medical treatment. I need to be informed and understand my treatment.
*Do not be intimidated by medical personnel or the process. You are the one in charge.
Creative Thinking – mobilize the mind to heal. Daily affirmations. Meditation. Yoga. Imagery. White light.
Recognize negative feelings, but choose more empowering emotions. Live in the present moment.
Elizabeth’s relaxation techniques; get her to do them before/after chemo? Reflexology? Massage? Music therapy.
Diet and Nutrition – eat with awareness. Raise my nutritional IQ. Deliver premium nutrients to the body; not eating for emotional or psychological reasons.
Fresh food, whole grain. No red meat or refined sugar. Vitamins? Supplements?
Exercise – regular physical activity. Swimming! Walking! Dance!
Take charge of your body. Command your body to move. *Exercise is a key recovery strategy, more powerful than can be imagined.
Check out Boni-Vital. Angelique checking out yoga stretches/meditation combo to come to my home. Dance therapy?
Beliefs and Attitudes – choose beliefs and attitudes that empower. Stay away from attitudes and beliefs that defeat you.
*The most fundamental and empowering belief is that cancer does not equate with death.
Be a tough-minded realist using a ‘just think positive approach to find solutions’. Look for why I can do things; not why I can’t.
I choose to conceive of my medical treatment as highly effective, believing that I will have minimal and manageable side effects.
*My personal involvement is essential in my recovery process. It is my personal responsibility to make getting well the number one priority in my life.
Cancer does not equate with death.
Treatment is effective.
I have a significant role to play.
Purpose/Play – I am needed by my husband and my children. My life has special and unique meaning.
It is important to be able to separate being needed from being unduly depended upon.
I need to learn to have fun for fun’s sake.
Spiritual – I love God and I am spiritual.
*I am a spiritual being having a human experience. Not a human being having a spiritual experience.
Discovering the divinity within; experiencing inner peace.
Social Support – I have more social support than is really fair for one person to have. However, I am truly grateful. My social support builds me up.
There is a strong relationship between positive social support and health.
*Authoritative research shows survival rates doubled for support group participants when compared with non-joiners.
I am aligning myself with my body’s immense natural power to heal itself. I recognize that health and healing spring from within.