(A poem by Gerald White, kidney cancer survivor, visualization practitioner, teacher and mentor)
In sterile wards, the patients lie,
In narrow beds they wait to die.
Their hope has left them long ago,
For hope can come and hope can go.
This may seem like an strange mix to you, but a website for cancer patients, a guided imagery CD by a retired engineer from Texas, and audio books and CDs by a leading advocate for reducing stress through mindfulness meditation have greatly helped me cope with advanced stage cancer.
Here’s an overview of these valuable resources. Maybe they can help you, too. Continue reading These Three Resources Are Helping Me Beat Cancer
Followup media coverage of President Barack Obama’s call for a “moonshot” to cure cancer has pointed out an interesting fact. It looks like there are two moonshots, and one of them is headed up by Big Pharma. Continue reading Who’s Running the Moonshot (and how many are there)?
A former work colleague sends me the occasional email to check in, and always mentions that he prays for me every day. A devout Catholic, and a low-key, capable, and helpful telecommunications professional, Steve is one of dozens of friends, colleagues, acquaintances and relatives who has been thinking and in some cases praying for me during my illness. I can’t thank them enough. Continue reading I’m not religious, but I appreciate your thoughts and prayers
If you want to use guided imagery to fight cancer like I do, it helps to have something to visualize. Off and on over the past five years, I’ve used guided imagery exercises developed by Gerald Myers, a long-time kidney cancer survivor, to visualize the different kinds of white blood cells in my blood stream tracking down and killing cancer cells. It may sound flaky to you, but there is evidence that it works. And if nothing else, it’s helped me relax on those anxiety-filled evenings when sleep has been hard to come by. Continue reading Visualizing Your Fight Against Cancer