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Plucky woman with ovarian cancer ..

22 Aug
A plucky 40-year-old, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, who’s had 18 chemo sessions and 4 surgeries in 14 months, talks about her intention to feel great about living and not being in treatment..
I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in Feb. 2002 and have now had 4 surgeries in 14 months and 18 chemo sessions. I''m 40.

Wow, what a marathon of healthcare intervention. Lap chole, hysterectomy and staging, hernia repair, bowel repair…. prior to this, I had had 3 other surgeries, so I''m getting pretty used to a gown and very unafraid of knives. ;) Did the MRI and the CD machine was on the fritz.... thankfully I had been listening to your cancer CD all week, so I tried to imagine a beam of golden light while I was in there. It helped.

I am returning to exercise and feeling great about living and not being in treatment. I am not focusing on my statistics, which are sad, but planning great times in 2004.

Definitely taking the time to hear positive thoughts each night before bed, and I’ve placed a moratorium on watching C.S.I. Too violent!

Rich Coleman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) got me hooked up to GlaxoSmithKline, and they sent me some great journals and CD''s for the Chemo care packages!

I really like the affirmations and feel they will benefit me most. Maybe because I am so verbal, sentences and statements appeal to me. I can''t pay attention long enough in guided imagery, my mind just wanders off.....

Thanks so much.

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