When Cancer Becomes your Identity

When cancer becomes your identity
When Cancer Becomes Your Identity: A Meditation
Physical changes caused by cancer can trigger a deep sense of grief. This mindfulness practice explores who you are when your self-image is challenged by the cancer experience.

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Dealing with cancer involves more than worry and stress about the illness itself, the treatments, and the prognosis for the future. The very real and troubling physical symptoms of disease and side effects of treatment also cause great upset and suffering. Such disturbances range from the most obvious outward marker of cancer for many patients—hair loss—to inner changes, such as an altered self-image and problems with energy levels, including profound fatigue and difficulty sleeping that can turn into a vicious circle of sleepless nights, tired days, daytime napping, and more sleepless nights.

Cancer patients often also encounter many types of pain, from painful procedures like biopsies, blood draws, chemotherapy administration, and radiation therapy to post-surgical pain and lingering aches and pains from the illness itself.  Full article here …

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