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I came across an article which talks about how mindfulness meditation can help people with cancer and their supporters by interrupting the cycle of negative thoughts and worries. You can read the article here.
I personally find it difficult to ‘just meditate’ – which probably means I have not practiced enough. So I prefer guided meditations, and I had some created for Families Facing Cancer. One of them is a Mindfulness Meditation, and you can download it to play on your computer or MP3 player here : mindfulness meditation cancer. It is about 12 minutes long – I hope you enjoy it.

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When a friend or family member is diagnosed with cancer, your life can be thrown into turmoil. To help keep you grounded, stop and consider these 5 points:

  1. It’s not your fault. However tempted you are to believe that the cancer is caused by something you did or failed to do, this is extremely unlikely to be the case. You are not to blame.
  2. It’s not your job to make them well. If you are a parent of a child with cancer, you will be likely to be involved with making decisions about their treatment. In any other case, the person with cancer will choose the best course in consultation with the team of health professionals they want to involve. There is a lot that they can do to affect the outcome of their illness. You may be called upon to offer support and assistance, but getting well is their job and theirs alone.
  3. They are still the same person they were before the cancer. They are facing a challenge and their personality may change as a result – either for a short time or permanently. But they have not suddenly become a lesser person, or a victim.
  4. It is ok (in fact it’s important) to get support for yourself. You may assume that all help and support should be directed towards the person with cancer – but you are also facing a challenge. The more supported you feel, the better you will cope. The better you cope, the more support you will be able to offer in turn.
  5. You can make a difference. Even though you may feel helpless and out of control, there is a lot you can do. The actions you take and the words you say can affect both the person with cancer and other friends and family members positively. You really can help.

These points are taken from the booklet ‘Cancer – Back to Basics : First Questions Answered for Family and Friends’. This booklet is available to download free at the Families Facing Cancer website.

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Millions of people around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year. When you first hear that a family member or a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, suddenly your world changes. There are many questions at a time like this. What exactly is cancer anyway? What type of cancer do they have? What will happen to them? How will other friends and family be affected?

How do you get the information you need to find out the answers to these and other questions? As I’ve mentioned before, when you are not the person with cancer, information can be hard to get hold of, and so seem especially important. That’s why we’ve produced a Free booklet to help. It’s called ‘Cancer – Back to Basics; First Questions Answered for Family and Friends’. Getting hold of the booklet is easy – just go to Families Facing Cancer and click the link on the right hand side which says ‘Get ‘Cancer – Back to Basics’ Booklet’. Fill in the form, and watch your email. You can get access to the booklet in just minutes.

I’d be glad to get your feedback.

With best wishes,
Anne.

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