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Mind Over Cancer

 

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. The treatments and/or fear of relapse can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety and stress. These feelings can be hard for others to understand and difficult to communicate to family and friends. The stress, isolation, pain, and insomnia that comes along with cancer can weaken your immune system and leave you with less strength to fight for recovery.

Mind Over Cancer is a program designed to support you through the experience of cancer Whether you are in active treatment or recovery, the four-session program teaches mindfulness techniques that enable you to lessen the effects of worrisome thoughts and strong emotions. The program helps you learn how to be more present to enjoy to things you are grateful for in your life.

You learn these techniques in a supportive setting with others who are dealing with the similar stresses. The ability to share and practice techniques in a safe setting helps relieve feelings of isolation, enhances self-compassion, builds resiliency, and gives you additional tools to cope.  Each cancer survivor may also enroll a support person to attend with them.

Mindfulness interventions for people who have or are recovered from cancer have been shown to improve sleep, reduce pain, lessen fatigue, and improve over-all quality of life.