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The Power of your Mind

I am an individual who values being in control. I believe that most of us share this sentiment. A

cancer diagnosis often strips away our perceived sense of control. I find the term "pulled the rug

out from under me” an appropriate, though inadequate catch-all phrase, for discovering that

cancer has entered ones life.


Consequently, not only are you contending with the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, but you are

also mourning the loss of your assumed control, your envisioned plans for the upcoming months

and possibly years as you undergo treatment. Added to all this is your management of intense emotions such as fear and anger.


As a board-certified health and wellness coach, with a specialization in cancer. My focus with my clients often lies in emotional and mental wellbeing, aiding my clients in recognizing and experiencing the positive aspects of their particular situation. As I am writing this, I’m thinking, Hmmmm… so far, the concentration has been on the negative. However, there is a rationale behind this approach.


What I want to emphasize is that even during periods of profound suffering, we do retain a vital

element of control.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose

ones attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose ones own way.”

Viktor Frankl



Our mindset remains within our control. If your initial response is to question the importance of

mindset in the face of cancer, consider the following:


1. Our mindset shapes our perception of the world. It enables us to recognize and experience

joy, provides us with hope, propels us forward, and offers us tranquility.


2. It profoundly influences our bodily systems. According to the  Mayo Clinic , a positive mindset

can:


  • Increased life span

  • Lower rates of depression

  • Lower levels of distress and pain

  • Greater resistance to illnesses

  • Better psychological and physical well-being

  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke

  • Reduced risk of death from cancer

  • Reduced risk of death from respiratory conditions

  • Reduced risk of death from infections

  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress


Pretty impressive, right?


Last week, I conducted an interview with a conventional oncologist. While my primary

collaboration is with integrative oncologists, I sought his input regarding the most effective ways

to support his patients in group coaching sessions. I asked him directly



whether he believed a

person's mindset significantly impacts their outcomes. He responded without hesitation:


“Yes”


He proceeded to share the story of a current patient of his. According to his estimation, this

patient should no longer be alive. However, not only is he alive, he is also thoroughly enjoying

his life. The oncologist attributes this to the patient's mindset and his willingness to remain

receptive to various options and possibilities.


Modifying our mindset requires both effort and time. However, there are some straightforward

practices that you can begin incorporating today. If you're interested in learning about these

changes, you can Book In for a free 20 minute discovery call and check out the 3 Step Breathing Space.

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