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I guess Iâ€™m old school when it comes to a cancer diagnosis. I have always assumed there are three types of cancerâ€”the good (which is a diagnosis of â€śno cancerâ€ť), the bad and the ugly.
That cancer strikes at the very fabric of oneâ€™s understanding of why things happen the way they do is what makes this illness so insidious.
Once the unwanted growth of oneâ€™s cancer is addressed, how does one prepare the psychological inner terrain to receive the healing nurturance that carries one from illness to wellness?
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, refers to cancer as the "emperor of all maladies."
When I unexpectedly joined the cancer program, just before my 50th birthday, I was sure I had the â€śright stuffâ€ť to meet the challenge.
I actively encourage all my clients experiencing life-altering stressors to trick the mind using the art of reframing.
Since being diagnosed with thymic cancer late in 2009, I have written articles, a book and blogged about the cancer experience mostly as a therapeutic exercise — a way to cast the demon outside of myself — and as an offering to others survivors.
One of the methods my wife and I developed to ward of the cynicism that comes when faced with such an unrelenting foe is something we call "playing the cancer card."