MBCT FOR CANCER
In our method we are working with two instructors where one instructor has psychotherapy training and the other instructor has either personally gone through cancer treatment or has a family member affected by cancer.
Daily life can often radically change for those relatives who support the family member who has fallen ill to cancer. To be able to support and help your close one in the best way possible, it is important that also you as a family member, are feeling well to find the strength to handle both your loved one’s feelings and your own. Our method is focused to give you as a family member help and tools to cope with thoughts and emotions such as worry, fear, grief and hopelessness.
PROCESSING AFTER TREATMENT
After the treatment, is the contact with the health care diminished or stopped but friends and family are perhaps not as much in touch. Then life is expected to go back to normal. It is in this stage that a different level of stress can reappear and you can experience severe anxiety, a fear that the cancer will come back, feeling lost, depressed and low in general. It is then even more important at this stage to receive help in processing what you have gone through in order to have the possibility to feel safe again in and with your body.
“The world around you continues to spin as if nothing happened even though it feels like you are standing still. There is no one who really understands you and you do not find the words that describe how you feel. How are you going to be able to move on? How are you going to be able to let go and trust your body again? How are you going to be able to trust life? The fear and thoughts paralyse the body leaving you unable to engage. The thoughts are hindering you from healing. MBCT is a good method to learn to see your thought patterns and really understand yourself in the process in healing from cancer.”
Many people who suffer with cancer are going through strong chemotherapy and the side effects from these treatments remain for a long time. Chemobrain or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), is describes as a state of mind, where many are experiencing a decreased ability to react and concentrate, impaired memory, forgetfulness, tiredness, and confusion. Every person is unique and the degree of MCI varies but those who suffer from this often feel a disappointment over not being able to recognise themselves. Studies of MBCT have shown good results with both the effectiveness of the chemotherapy treatment and with minimising the effect of chemobrain.