When a Stage 3 breast cancer patient told our class that a guided imagery made a huge difference in the success of her chemo, I sat up and took notes. And then, made a guided imagery audio for my new business, A Healing Spirit, so that others could benefit. You can find it HERE.
She is a client of my Atlantic University mentor, who worked closely with her during her illness and treatment. She agreed to address our class about her experience because she knew some of us–like me– were interested in working with cancer patients.
What struck me most was not only her success story, but that she had few, if any, chemo side effects.
“The chemo nurses kept asking me what I was doing,” she said, “because everyone else had terrible side effects.” What was she was doing? Listening to a cancer-fighting guided imagery our mentor made for her during her treatments. And having side sessions with him as well.
An increasing number of reputable scientific studies are showing that the mind can play an important role in healing. Even more anecdotal evidence is available. We know that the mind can support whatever treatment a patient is getting through affirmations and other positive thoughts. If you think that’s unlikely, consider how what we are thinking and feeling affect our body by increasing heart rate and blood pressure and even as a contributing factor to heart attacks and stroke. It’s not a real push to see that the mind can play a role in helping heal, too.
How we think can affect recovery
Now, let’s be clear. I’m not saying the the mind can cause or cure cancer. It’s no substitute for medical treatment. But there’s plenty of evidence that how we think can affect how we recover. And in that healing spirit, I’ve developed products that support people who healing and especially those fighting cancer.
I’ve been to infusions centers many times with friends and know that time can pass slowly. And so, I developed three affirming products that can support cancer treatment and healing.
This downloadable audio for chemo patients is meant to be listened to during treatment–and even on days you aren’t receiving it. These reflect the kinds of messages the breast cancer patient I described earlier used during her chemo. Positive images and thoughts are known to be helpful in supporting cancer treatments and this 30-minute audio was developed along those same lines. It’s powerful and it gives a patient something positive to do during a chemo treatment. Remember, all downloadable audios are on sale for $4.99 through 11:59pm eastern on Sunday –just use the coupon LAUNCH.
The Guided Journal for Healing HERE is also something that can help the time pass during chemo. It’s compact enough to easily bring to treatment and each page offers an activity or a writing prompt to help you air your feelings about your disease in a positive manner. Work on no more than one page a day. You can write, draw or even paste photos you find in magazines to express your thoughts and feelings about the prompt offered. It’s an affirming way to support your treatment.
And speaking of affirmations, this beautiful deck of healing affirmations HERE is meant to be used as often as possible. Each card has a lovely, affirming message to help focus your thoughts on healing. The deck of 50 business-card-sized cards is portable enough to slip into purse or pocket.
I’m also available for Skype and/or in person hypnotherapy sessions to support cancer treatment. Read about that HERE.
Maybe a close friend has been diagnosed and you’d like to do something nice for her. A set of the healing journal and healing cards would make a wonderful and helpful gift for the right person.
If this is your journey, I offer you my heartfelt prayer for a full recovery.
I’ll be covering the latest research on the mind/body connection in my periodic e-newsletter that will come out every so often. You can subscribe HERE. And no worries, it won’t be too much email–just every few months or so.