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Someone with an unusual health problem for which there are no specific imagery or hypnosis resources

14 Dec
Someone with an unusual health problem for which there are no specific imagery or hypnosis resources, let alone support groups, asks where he can go for help and what resources are available...
Question:
I have just been diagnosed with myelofibrosis. This is a bone marrow condition where the bone marrow is very fibrous - results in severe anemia. The only treatment is blood transfusions. I''m very depressed and having trouble dealing with the diagnosis. I need a support group but this is a rare condition. I''ve been listening to your General Wellness and Depression CDs. Thanks for any help or suggestions that you can give me.
Jim



Answer:
Dear Jim,

I’m sorry you have to contend with this. Usually the shock of the diagnosis and change in your self image as the result of having a diagnosis will wear off as you acclimate to this change. Probably the depression will lighten up as well, to the extent that it’s from this change in your self-percept, as opposed to the fatigue and general weakness that can come with this condition - that could look and feel like depression as well.

One thing you might consider: you can get your own tailor-made guided imagery specific to this unusual health condition by going to either the website for the Academy of Guided Imagery or the one for Beyond Ordinary Nursing, looking up the geographic list of certified practitioners in your area, and finding someone to work with you, one on one. These practitioners are trained to work with the specifics of your condition and help you marshall maximum healing capacity to best contend with it.

Additionally, if these blood transfusions are stressful for you, you might want to try bringing an iPod or portable CD player with you and listen to our imagery, Relaxed & Awake during Medical Procedures which could help you feel supported during these sessions. When we were designing the packaging for this CD, I had wanted to call this CD "Help for Yucky Procedures that You Have to Stay Awake for", but the staff felt this title was a non-starter.

All kidding aside, I wish you the very best with this, and I hope these suggestions help.

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