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How to Get Through the Tough Times of Cancer Treatment

Illness such as cancer presents us with many different challenges; physical, psychological, social and even spiritual challenges. In tough times, how come some people meet these challenges, beat cancer, better than others? The answer to this question might surprise you. When we have a reason to keep on going, when there is a meaning to our experience or a cause that is close to our heart, we can overcome even the most adverse treatment and conditions. This video touch upon some of the key elements to help you get through the tough times of cancer treatment. Life is a balancing act, but we can all develop the skills necessary to navigate through the challenging terrain of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Cancer, Hope and False Hope

Discover what hope is and why it is essential for healing? What role does it play in the context of healing from cancer and chronic illness? Can our thoughts and emotions affect our physiology and can we influence the course of our illness? This video offer many answers as well as deal with the concept of false hope or false hopelessness. Details inside.

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The Differences Between Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

What are the main differences between psychotherapy and hypnotherapy? Often people are unsure of hypnosis for cancer or the appropriate therapeutic path for them. This short video highlights some of the conceptual, pragmatic and systematic aspects of these two different professions.

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Calm the Mind, Calm the Body (part 3)

Discover the 6 secrets to calming your mind and body. Living in this hectic world is a daily balancing act. It requires skills to better cope and maintain a healthy mindset. We all want to live more in the present, free of stress and emotional pain and of course to enjoy life as much as we can and this presentation will show you how.

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Calm the Mind, Calm the Body (part 2)

If you struggle with intrusive and unpleasant thoughts or if you just can’t seem to get your mind to stop this video is for you. It will teach you how to take back control over your thoughts, feeling and emotions, the way the experts do. Living in this hectic world is a daily balancing act. It requires skills to better cope and maintain a healthy mindset. We all want to live more in the present, free of stress and emotional pain and of course to enjoy life as much as we can and this presentation will show you how. Discover the 6 secrets experts use to calming their mind and body.

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Calm the Mind, Calm the Body (part 1)

If you struggle with intrusive and unpleasant thoughts or if you just can’t seem to get your mind to stop this video is for you. It will teach you how to take back control over your thoughts, feeling and emotions, the way the experts do. Living in this hectic world is a daily balancing act. It requires skills to better cope and maintain a healthy mindset. We all want to live more in the present, free of stress and emotional pain and of course to enjoy life as much as we can and this presentation will show you how. Discover the 6 secrets experts use to calming their mind and body.

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Misunderstanding about the Mind-Body Connection

In recent years there have been exciting and positive advancements in the field of psychosomatic medicine. Firstly it’s important to identify what we mean by psychosomatic as this is a word that in the past had negative connotations.

In essence the word Psychosomatic is made of two Greek words, Psyche (mind) and Soma (body).
When I use the term psychosomatic medicine I am not referring to the notion that an illness or disease is all in the mind or a form of hypochondria.

Psychosomatic medicine refers to the branch of medicine that is concerned with the relationship between psychological, social and behavioral factors on the function of the body.

That said the way I look at a chronic illness like cancer is that some part of it is in the mind but not in the way that we view the illness as imaginary. Those non physical aspects of our being i.e. perception, emotions and beliefs for example reside in the mind.

Any change to those aspects need be made within the mind and therefore it is the mind holds the key to resolving the illness if you like – to heal it.

What I am trying to convey is that your illness is not in your mind, it is very real, however, your illness may have originated in your mind.

Science has now proved that what takes place in the mind also has an effect within the body. With the advent of modern brain imaging techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computerised (axial) Tomography Scan (CT or CAT) comes the ability to disentangle the mechanisms of the brain.

The effects of thought processes can be seen to have a physiological effect on the body. Illness shows up in the body as a physical symptom and my view of this is that the body is trying to tell us or alert us to something that the mind cannot.

And that is where immunotherapeutic hypnotherapy can really hold its’ own. By exploring the possibility that psychological factors play a part in originating or aggravating a disease hypnotherapy can mobilize the power of the mind, in other words the patient’s belief system, towards healing and a better state of health.

If a person’s mind can originate or aggravate a physical condition then that very same part of the mind can contribute to their health. Just as an individual can become psychosomatically ill there is the possibility that they can become psychosomatically well again.

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Cancer Chemotherapy Patients Benefit from Hypnosis and Guided Imagery

If you read any of my previous posts you already know that I fully support traditional medical treatment and care for people with cancer – this goes without saying. Advances in chemotherapy treatments for cancer are proving to be very effective and we know that the science and medicine do save lives. Having said that, chemotherapy is still a poison – a treatment takes its toll on both the body and the mind.
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While there are many different types of chemo treatment, some more modern then others, patients are still experiencing disruptive side effects. But when immersive healing is used as a part of a person’s treatment for cancer, or when patients use an audio program such as the Successful Chemo, it can help to embrace the treatment and lessen the impact of those side effects.

If the mind and body are prepared for and can embrace chemotherapy treatment before it is administered, the outcome of the treatment will be better and more effective in the long term.

The simple truth is that people with cancer need chemotherapy, chemotherapy works; it shrinks cancer tumors and saves lives, however, the cost of chemo when we consider a person’s quality of life is very high. The side effects of chemotherapy treatment range from uncomfortable to debilitating both mentally and physically, anyone who has had chemo or who has witnessed a loved-one go through the treatment knows this to be true.

For some people, these unpleasant side effects may result in them not seeing their full chemotherapy treatment plan through; they may miss their appointments as they feel unable to face the treatment. And if a person does not complete their course of chemotherapy, they may decrease their chances of recovery…

But if there isn’t an alternative to chemotherapy what can a person do to minimize or at least manage the unpleasant side effects of the treatment? Immersive healing, either face to face or online via skype can help you to prepare for chemotherapy mentally, physically and emotionally, enabling you to create a state within your mind and body for the chemo to work its specific form of healing.

hypnosis for chemotherapy, cancer cdIf you are undergoing, or you are about to undergo chemotherapy, it may be helpful for you to schedule a hypnosis session a day or two before each treatment. If this is not possible for you, you can use my cancer self-hypnosis CD before treatment; this can also be listened to while you are waiting for your chemo treatment, helping you to get into an optimum frame of mind for the treatment and helping you to heal as you go through the process of treatment.

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Your Emotions May Help in Cancer Prevention

According to a study by Professor Ronit Peled, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, happiness and optimism may play a role against breast cancer while adverse life events can increase the risk of developing the disease. An article on the study titled “Breast Cancer, Psychological Distress and Life Events among Young Women,” was published in the British journal BMC Cancer (8:245, August 2008).

Cancer wellness coachWhile there’s no scientific consensus the above research or any other research suggesting emotions or psychological factors play a role in the development of cancer, there isn’t a scientific proof that they don’t.

Personally I feel we should be cautious about being overly optimistic because I have seen people use it as a blanket of denial. People who are optimistic tend to hold the “look at the bright side of things” or “focus only on the positive,” kind of attitude.

I prefer a more realistic approach where one sees things as they are; the good and the bad and still choose to extract the good, the lesson the value from the experience.

Working with people over a period of time put me in a privileged position where I can witness their progress. One client who was doing very well stated it is her awareness of her inner strength which helped her develop a greater appreciation to life.

She never realized how resourceful and strong she was before illness forced her to look into the mirror. These days she celebrate her new found realization by spending more time engaging in meaningful relationships and purpose driven activities.

In her words, “It all boils down to this: Give yourself permission to feel good and make a conscious decision that you want to be alive and you want to feel good in your life.”

Deciding to feel good builds new self-supporting beliefs inside of you. Those new beliefs state, “I exist, I can have what I want, I am supported, I’m good enough, and it is important for me to feel good.”

But is it that simple, choosing to feel good?  What do you think?  Tell us what needs to happen in order for you to give yourself permission to feel good?

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I Have Cancer, Can I Still Be Happy?

Happiness comes deep from within us.  It is a practice in which we have to be actively involved, not expecting it will come to us by some divine intervention.  This is actually good news…it means we can bring about our happiness, regardless of circumstances even when facing cancer.

3 Steps to Happiness During Cancer Treatment

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Help with Cancer

Now happiness may not be an anti-cancer solution, but it is a practical and effective way for you to support your well being and even enhance your recovery from cancer. The question I hear often is how? How can I be happy when cancer has taken over my thoughts, my body and my life?

I don’t pretend to have all the answers. What I do know to be effective comes from seeing what works for my clients and this is the purpose of this post, to share with you this knowledge so you will know what to do when fear and despair have darkened your day.

Here are three essential elements for happiness.  Adopt these three behaviors, and find a little bit of joy every day.

1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Many of us are in the habit of regularly evaluating ourselves against others.  We do so because it helps us make sense of the world. However, there are costly side-effects to a judgmental mind which serve only to reinforce negative perceptions and even damage our health.

Do not compare yourself with others, whether you are healthy or not. You never know what you are really comparing as you don’t know everything in someone’s heart, mind and body.  You may be comparing their strengths with your weaknesses.

Action Step: Make a list of things or peoples you are fortunate to have in your life. Bring to mind people you have touched or impacted in a positive way.

If you can’t resist your mind’s habit of comparing yourself, instead of using others as your yard stick, evaluate yourself in terms of your own growth.

2. Spend time in Gratitude.

According to Wikipedia, gratitude is a “positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.” When illness colors our lives with gloom and self-pity, gratitude is an oasis for the spirit.

Focus on the good; celebrate your achievements by regularly reviewing what went well in your life instead of thinking only about problems or setbacks.

Action Step: Count your blessings, remind yourself of your strengths, your values, those things for which you are loved; Read that list every night before you go to bed.

Find something daily for which you are grateful.  You can always find something!  Perhaps today it is not your health, but what about a wonderful doctor, or a supportive friend.

3. Practice positive self-talk.

Self-talk is our on-going inner dialog which directly impacts our state of mind, attitude and mood. When we change the way we talk to ourselves for the better, it is as if we give ourselves permission to feel good.

Emphasize your strengths, be kind to you and patient with your body, and when given a compliment, just say “thank you”. Give compliments to others. It will make you feel good.

Action Step: Resolve to make happiness a priority; enhance the quality of your inner dialog by keeping tab of the things you do well. Before you go to sleep, recount at least three good things that happened today.

There’s nothing wrong or bad with being aware of the present moment or even acknowledging your physical predicament. It’s called being realistic. Having said that, it’s the dwelling only on the negative of this moment which deters the happiness which you so deserve.