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Choosing the Right Imagery for Chemo and Cancer

19 Jun

I'd like to know the best CDs to address: minimizing or eliminating the side effects of chemo and putting a positive spin on it shrinking and eliminating any cancer cells, boosting the immune system, increasing one's will to heal and access inner strength and positivity, Thank you for your help.

Hello, S.P.,
I can see why you might be confused – we’ve got a variety of CDs that address this, and they’re all good or we wouldn’t have put them in our catalog.  But it’s important that you not overload yourself with too many at the beginning, and find the voice and narrative style that suits you best, so you can stick with it and listen to it repeatedly.  

For that reason, I suggest you listen to the sound samples for these three titles to get a feel for each one – they all focus on what you’re after:

I’d pick the one you like best and listen until it’s coming out of your ears; then try a different one for some variety – after listening to a different one for a while, the old one will start to feel fresh again, so you can go back and forth.  

If the chemo is creating a lot of fatigue and perhaps even anemia, then I’d also throw in the imagery we made specifically for Chemo-related Fatigue.  If, after listening to the sound samples, you decide you like them all pretty well, then I’d get the value pack and save myself some money.  If not, stick to the onesie-twosies.

If you’re drawn to my voice and style, you could alternate the Help with Chemo imagery with my Fight Cancer imagery.

And if the chemo is part of a bone marrow transplant procedure, I’d definitely use the imagery specifically created for that: Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation.

And finally, if you have a strong Bible-based tradition, the Tranquilities Series for Persons with Cancer is a beautiful way to incorporate guided imagery and aromatherapy with your belief system.  That audio sample is also available here.

I hope this is a help.

All best wishes to you for a positive experience, leading to extra strength, health and healing.


Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award