Getting the news that you have cancer is likely one of the most challenging times in your life. You go through so many stages in your understanding, your treatment and your ability to handle the next steps. You are not alone. There are ways to help you deal with your situation and, as hard as it is to believe, this time in your life could be some of the most fulfilling moments you may have and share in your life. You can grow stronger and live peacefully and purposefully in spite of your circumstances.
Are you having a hard time understanding and accepting what cancer may mean in your life?
Are you hoping to balance your treatment with quality of life? Are you hoping to find a way to deal with pain with the least amount of medication possible?
Is your family struggling with how to cope with your situation and how to relate to you?
These are common questions when cancer strikes. You do not have to go through it alone. You may benefit from the support of a qualified professional who can listen to you, help you process your feelings and answer your questions. You can adjust to life as it is now. There is still a life with a cancer diagnosis.
Research shows that when people make certain kinds of psychological and life-style changes, they often stimulate their natural self-healing abilities. Psychotherapy can contribute to a healing environment in which more of your potential for health is enhancing the medical treatment. By so doing, you may strengthen your body’s ability to resist the cancer process.
Dr Baya Mebarek, Psy.D, LMFT