Faith

February 12, 2018

10 Tips for Keeping Relationships Strong Through the Cancer Journey

Living with cancer is one of the hardest things a person may face in his or her lifetime. Not only do cancer patients have to battle the disease and the side effects from treatment, cancer can also test relationships. Michael Uhl, MA, MDiv, LMFT, Mind-Body Therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Zion, […]

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June 12, 2017

A Father’s Cancer Journey

Melvin Hartman’s 2008 prostate cancer diagnosis—the result of additional tests his doctor recommended after his yearly physical—came as a complete surprise to the retired Jackson, Michigan police detective. “I was dumbfounded,” says Hartman, who was working at the time as a cold case investigator for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. “No males in my family […]

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September 14, 2016

The Power of Being Informed

Randy Knight hadn’t missed a day of work in 29 years when what he thought would be a short-lived bout with kidney stones became much more serious: a CT scan revealed a suspicious image in his right lung, and further testing ultimately revealed a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Given his dedication to his career, it’s […]

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July 11, 2016

Caregivers May Benefit From Spiritual and Faith-Based Support

A cancer diagnosis affects not only the patient but also the loved one who will be providing emotional (and in some cases also practical, informational and financial) support. Caregivers face both mental and physical demands, and up to 66 percent report significant anxiety and depressive symptoms as a result.[i][ii][iii] Caregivers, often faced with a loved […]

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August 10, 2015

Rituals of Faith

Prayer and other spiritual practices can be an important source of support and solace for patients and families during their cancer journey. Major illness is a physically taxing and emotionally draining experience for everyone involved—patients and family members—and faith-based rituals provide much-needed comfort and encouragement. “We all have a spiritual dimension to our lives, whether […]

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August 10, 2015

Prayer Rituals for Patients and Family Members

Catholic Religious practices include bedside prayers, the Eucharist (if requested) and the use of sacramental aids in the spiritual life, including such items as rosary beads and holy images of saints, especially Mary, the mother of Jesus. “During the Anointing of the Sick, a priest will anoint the patient with blessed oil, forgive all sins […]

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May 15, 2015

Spiritual Sanctuary

Patients diagnosed with cancer today have access to an increasing array of advanced therapies, but for some another tool that has withstood the test of time becomes invaluable on their cancer journey: faith. Reverend Percy McCray, National Director of Faith-Based Spiritual Programming at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), says that pastoral care providers at […]

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February 16, 2015

Spiritual Connection

In the wake of a cancer diagnosis, creating an effective support network is essential. For many patients and caregivers, one important component of this network is spiritual fellowship. Connecting with other patients and their loved ones – and with pastoral care staff – provides opportunities for communal prayer, spiritual counseling and valuable perspective. In this […]

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February 10, 2015

Spiritual Connection: Steve and Marilyn Blethen

Steve and Marilyn Blethen experienced cancer in a uniquely intense way: the husband and wife from DeSoto, Texas, were both diagnosed with breast cancer—Steve in 2008 and Marilyn in 2013. While no couple would ask to share the challenge of a dual cancer diagnosis, Steve and Marilyn say that they have grown together and have […]

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February 10, 2015

Spiritual Connect: Gloria Crawford

Gloria Crawford’s connection with the Pastoral Care Team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Zion has been a pillar of support throughout her journey with breast cancer. In fact, while she was undergoing treatment, Gloria made an effort to plan her visits to the hospital around church services offered there: “I would always […]

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