The majority of the people who have cancer have a date or event that becomes the marker for their “anniversary date”. This could be the day they found out they…
Facing the unknown of cancer treatment, it is only natural to experience fear and anxiety. Our mind, in an attempt to make sense of what’s ahead, can come up with all kinds of worst-case scenarios, which deplete and depress us. It is therefore vital that we cultivate resilience and strengthen our support system so we can effectively avoid the pitfall of anticipatory anxiety.
Interestingly enough in a research study, highly anxious chemotherapy patients suffered twice as much “anticipatory nausea” (18.1%) than the mildly anxious patients did (9.8%).1 Our brains have a tendency to run non-stop like a hamster in a wheel or a chattering monkey. Fortunately there are patterns and behaviors you can learn to combat these negative thoughts and feelings.
Change Your Thinking
We are, in part, products of our environment. This means that some of our thought processes are learned. Therefore when these thoughts are not benefiting us we can learn new ways to cope. Here are a few that will help with anticipatory anxiety:
Behaviors can change over time with practice. This is not a quick fix but will give you the tools you need to cope with anticipatory anxiety and other challenges you face in life. If you have questions on these treatments, how they are performed, and how they can help you, please contact me right now by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617.564.0707.
Dr. Amit Sood is the Chair of the Mayo Clinic Mind Body Initiative and Director of research and practice at Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine…
Avi Lerner is a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in cancer recovery and the author of The New Cancer Paradigm.
His innovative approach to cancer recovery highlights the multidimensional nature of our being and the need to treat illness not only on the level of the body but also on the level of Mind. Avi offer patients seeking to play a more active role in their care, a practical, meaningful and effective path to do so. This path allows patients to engage the creative power of their Mind to revive their body’s innate immune response and strengthen its capacity to defend and fight cancer.
Avi’s guiding belief is that for true and lasting recovery we must transcend the mechanistic-reductionist-Newtonian view of disease and recognize that illness is a whole person event. As such he works with patients in all stages maximize their healing potential, increase resiliency and enhance their outlook and attitude toward a favorable medical outcome.
As a respected professional, Avi has been a guest speaker at the Dana Farber Blum Patients and Family Center as well as a leader of healing seminars at the Dana Farber Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies.
After earning his degree in Holistic Health from the Ridman College for Complementary Alternative Medicine in Israel in 2000, Avi was certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) as well as the National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) in the USA.
Much of Avi’s work is founded on the work of Dr. Ernest Rossi as described in his breakthrough book The Psychobiology of Mind Body Healing and Dr. Al Barrios, a clinical psychologist and a pioneer in the field of immunotherapy.
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