I have been a subscriber of Cure magazine since I was first diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2009. This is the first time I've ever been disappointed in an article you have printed.
This one is so disjointed and overly biased, I couldn't believe it.
Immediately you get the impression that only religious people are able to cope because of their beliefs. You would think that a scientific journal would have some sort of study to measure this, but nope... they simply asked the believers and that was what they themselves felt. Apparently, only people who have a church, prayer and a higher power have the support and encouragement during treatment and since non-believers have none of that, how could they possibly have the faith for survival?
I find it appalling that the article only talked to Christians and Jews and no other religions (such as Muslims, Buddhists, Hindis and others) and most certainly not one single agnostic, atheist or humanist. What could we possibly have faith in?
Well, I can tell you. I am a three time cancer survivor and an Atheist. I had faith in the doctors, nurses and staff at the oncology clinic. I had faith, as well as support and encouragement from friends and family, even from some people I had never met. And I had faith in myself and my ability to heal.
I resent the implication that belief in a god and turning your life over to that god is the only thing that can save you. To me, this is nothing more than just more of the same fear and guilt that I experienced while a member of religion and one of the many reasons I left.
So many comments in this article can be true of anyone, believers and non-believers alike, it's not just allowed only for someone who believes in a god.
(It would also help if Cure would format the comment section better so it\'s easier for people to comment. This is a nightmare. An hour later, I was finally able to comment and it only posted part of my comment. So I will keep trying until the entire thing is here. I\'m not computer illiterate and I\'m about fed up with Cure Magazine completely.)\r\n\r\n
It would interesting to see a similar study that distinguishes between an orthodox religion and someone who claims to have spiritual beliefs that are not an orthodox religion.
IMHO they are quite different, and I could see how one would confer resilience to depression, and not the other. run 3
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