Spirituality and Cancer

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What is a healthy person?  There are many definitions, but in my reading, I have found some that are frequently mentioned: physical, mental, and spiritual.  

There is no level or specific place that Identify a spiritual healthy person. It is one of those things that can’t be easily measured.  It is apparent when we are not healthy. It is one of those things that when you see it, you know it.

Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health.  

Although we cannot touch them, we want to have them. Compassion, ability to forgive, and love imply the ability to interact with others. A spiritual healthy person demonstrates through actions.

Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.

Because this is not an area that can be given a simple definition, I find myself going to a definition that centers on the more traditional.  It is the development of a part of us that you can’t touch but you can certainly feel. It is unique to each of us yet comes from traditions that guide us. In a time of crisis, it can give a source of strength, calmness, peace and acceptance.

As a Christian, I grew to know that it is important to have a moral code, a servant’s heart, and to depend on family, friends, and my Lord.  I had no idea how I would be tested when life itself was threatened.

When I realized that I had cancer, I had to make a choice.  I could become angry and frightened and close myself off from the reality that I had a huge struggle ahead or I could reach out to all resources including my circle of friends, family and my church.  I didn’t get angry, instead I cried out for help. I knew that this was not going to be easy and I knew that I could fight back.

Each of us has our own story.  Our journey is unique and what works for some does not work for others. Our cancer is unique to us.  As the treatment begins, how we cope brings on needs and can require support that should be addressed.

In the weeks ahead, we will look at resources that are available, suggestions for those who are dealing with cancer and their caregivers, and groups that are available.

Question to ponder this week?  

Resources are made available who help us address physical, financial, and emotional needs.  Since we know that spiritual health is important, how or who should bring up the topic?