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A woman challenged by the ups and downs of the removal of her thyroid, not to mention the scare of a

27 Mar
A woman challenged by the ups and downs of the removal of her thyroid, not to mention the scare of a cancer diagnosis, finds imagery extremely helpful for maintaining a stable mood..
For BR and Health Journeys - here is my story:

A little more than a year ago, I was wheeled into surgery for what we all thought was a routine removal of a benign lump on my thyroid. But when I came out of that surgery, it was without a thyroid and with the designation "cancer survivor".

That "benign" lump was actually a malignant tumor, stage two. The shock of that, not to mention the severe hypothyroidism I had to endure during treatment in the weeks following the surgery were miserable.

I''d never been so tired or in so much pain in my life. A friend recommended Belleruth''s "Cancer Pack" and the vivid imageries, visualizations and guided meditations helped enormously.

For periods after listening to the program, I had enough energy to function and was even able to keep a positive outlook (for the most part) throughout the process.

Thank you for the wonderful program -- I''m going to order the relaxation programs shortly to deal with excess stress in my life. God bless.

Alice

[Ed. Note: Clinical research certainly justifies the use of imagery, hypnosis and other mind-body therapies to help stabilize hormonal ups and downs resulting from surgery, although its likely that other medicines and therapies are necessary as well. However, these techniques can reduce the dosage and help in other ways, such as with stress reduction. Good luck!]
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