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A woman with a terrific fear of doctors and surgery faces a mastectomy with great trepidation until

27 Dec
A woman with a terrific fear of doctors and surgery faces a mastectomy with great trepidation until she tries some guided imagery for surgery and has some dramatic changes in her pre-op mood...
Dear Ms. Naparstek,
I have just faced my second bout with breast cancer. The first time I had a lumpectomy, radiation, six chemo treatments plus five years of Tamoxifen. I am now on Arimidex.

I was doing very well until I went for my mammogram in December and found out the cancer was back in the same breast. I wanted to die on the spot, because I knew my next step was a mastectomy. The fear was just horrible. I have a terrible fear of doctors and hospitals, to say nothing about surgery.

That was until my daughter sent me the CD about "Successful Surgery". What a difference that made in my life. I listened to the CD once or twice a day for a week before my surgery. I had no trouble sleeping because of fear, and would wake in the morning without my stomach feeling like a Mexican jumping bean. The last time I listened to the CD was just before I left for the hospital. I could not believe how cool and calm I was. No fear or anxiety at all! My family was so surprised, because they knew the fear I usually had. They could not believe the change in me.

I went in the operating room at 7:45 A.M. and was home by noon on the same day. Everyone was just amazed how well everything went. It was just the way you described it on the CD. I truly believe the CD and prayers were a miracle for me. I am so happy with my experience, that I am ordering more CD''s so I can give some to my surgeon to loan out to other patients facing surgery. I will also keep a couple to loan out to friends. The CD my daughter gave me will be put in a very special place so it will not be lost in case I ever need it again.

Thank you for making my surgery such a peaceful and successful experience. The cancer was in one spot and the mastectomy took care of that. I am now looking forward to getting on with life with a much better outlook and a whole lot more positive. Thank You!!!

[Ed. Note: The Blue Shield study showed that the most anxious people derived the most benefit from the surgery imagery.]
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