A healthy perspective on cancer – remove the fear

Enjoy this post by Debby Kowit

Today there is a new perspective on the treatment of cancer.  Research has shown that personal support – via doctors, foundations or self-help groups-is a vital component to successful treatment.  Debby Kowit, a colleague of mine, shares how she found support and healing from a different source.  Here is Debby

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o models are used for illustrative purposes

Are you a cancer survivor?  I might be.  Like many, I have been through the fear and angst of trying to decide what to do about a lump – which in my case never ended up being diagnosed.

Let me explain.

At the time I was not a stranger to cancer.  My mother had passed on from it nearly two decades earlier and I had already spent many years working amidst the medical community.  In fact, at the time of this occurrence, I was managing the business office of, believe it or not, a Medical Oncology practice.

Needless to say, the detection of a lump brought a surge of fear.  Add the anxiety that our patients and their families brought daily to this Oncology office and I had a recipe for overwhelming stress.

Helping people deal with stress is a key element in treatment according to the website of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.  Inquirers want to know, “How can I protect myself against the effects of stress?” The Foundation’s answer shares that, “People with better support tend to have better functioning immune systems.”

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