Were you diagnosed with cancer?
Are you feeling troubled, disillusioned and do you fear death?
Is there something you can do?
Yes, you can get visualization therapy. Many of us believe that to become healthy is something that is “being done to us”. We just need to get the right doctor and we will heal. It’s true, but it is only a part of the process. You can play an important role in your healing. We share our health through our feelings, attitudes to life, our faith, our exercise habits, diet, etc.
Visualization certainly does not minimise the role of the physician and other professional health personnel involved in our health. This will help you do what you can to get your health back. It is important to realise you can play a vital role in your own health. If you actively participate in the process, your life expectancy could be extended and/or the quality of your life is improved.
What is visualization therapy?
It is the process of how the patient can become involved in their own health by using visualization therapy. This means a process of relaxation and then visualising the desired goal. A cancer patient’s desired goal is that the treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy) will effectively destroy the cancer cells and more importantly restore the body’s natural ability to combat illnesses.
Disease is not just a physical problem but a problem of the whole person; this includes the body and mind. Visualization is part of a holistic (body/spirit) approach to go from the position that the mental and physical work together in dealing with cancer.
What is your reaction to the diagnosis?
How we think has a direct bearing on possible healing or coping with treatment therapy (radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery). What we think has an impact on our health. We respond with our mind and senses on life and disease. We respond to good news and bad news. Our bodies also respond on it. There is a direct result on how we emotionally respond to something and how our bodies react to it. Our immune system is directly influenced by our response to our emotions.
Our immune system consists of white blood cells, the good cells that have to fight the cancer cells. If a thought is communicated our white blood cells respond to it. These white blood cells are influenced by our thoughts. Hope and fear has a direct impact on our immune system. Hope, joy and love work directly on the nervous system and differentiate hormones that make us feel well and healthy. Your mindset affects your immune system which in turn has an influence on fighting your disease. Belief in healing stimulates the immune system and can lead to healing the body.
Does this method give false hope?
No. The method does not guarantee recovery, but it gives hope. It help you to cope better with cancer and it gives you a quality of live. Is it not false hope? The question of false hope suggests that people should have no hope because there is always a chance that he/she may be disappointed. Such a belief provides no basis for a fulfilling life or to deal with the fear of dealing with the threats of life. A wedding will not guarantee that the married-life will be a happy one. But when we marry the idea that the marriage will fail, increases the risk that it’s likely to fail.
A positive expectancy does not guarantee a successful marriage, but increases the chances of a successful marriage and the quality of the relationship. The patient’s views and beliefs about their illness and chances of healing play an important role. Many people, who have used this method, still die, but in many cases the patients live beyond their prognosis. But they cope better and have a quality of life they would not have had without this method. Hope is important for cancer patients because it changes their attitude toward the disease.