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Grateful Chemotherapy tape user writes

30 Aug
We are tracked down and thanked by a decade-long survivor of ovarian cancer who was more scared of chemotherapy than she was of cancer, and who used guided imagery to overcome her dread of treatment
Dear Health Journeys,

I am a thriving ovarian cancer survivor of over a decade. Back when I was diagnosed, I was extremely frightened at the prospect of chemotherapy. I think it is fair to say I was more scared of chemotherapy than I was of cancer.

What gave me courage was a little guided imagery tape that the nurse in the hospital gave me. It settled me right down. I found comfort and hope in it. It changed my experience to a positive one. I wore my tape out listening to it!

The tape had a drug company on the label, so I never knew who did it or where it came from. However, I’d know the voice anywhere. When my niece sent me a tape for my headaches, imagine my surprise to hear my old friend again! I had to write and thank you, now that I have a name and company to write to!
Jo Ann DeCarlo
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