Problem: If you have cancer, you may be feeling too afraid or hopeless to make your best decisions.
Suggestion: Give yourself time. Most people have far more power over their own health than they allow themselves to believe. One of my roles as a coach is to empower you to move past any fears and doubts.
Problem: Some cancer patients don’t truly explore options until they end up in a crisis situation.
Suggestion: Just realizing you have options is great.
Now move forward. Contact me or attend a PATH Life Coaching workshop.
Problem: There’s plenty of information available about treating and healing cancer; much of it is somewhat misleading or outright incorrect. This makes it difficult to quickly bring yourself up to speed.
Suggestion: A good holistic coach will help you “sort through the noise”, cutting straight to the most relevant and accurate facts.
Problem: Medical treatments for cancer usually carry incredibly serious risks. Each day, people are agreeing to chemotherapy that has zero chance to cure their cancer, yet is itself toxic and carcinogenic.
Suggestion: Download this printable list of helpful oncology visit questions to take to your next appointment.
Problem: Doctors normally don’t read and discuss relevant clinical study results. It’s very difficult to design an appropriate treatment plan without considering this information.
(A local oncologist was unable to tell me the mechanism of action of a drug he was prescribing. He just said, “nobody knows”…if this ever happens to you, switch doctors!)
Suggestion: Embrace responsibility for your own health instead of pushing everything on your doctor. Start by reading the official publications for each therapy, then follow up with some careful internet research. This may be difficult or time-consuming, but it will pay in the long run.
I offer third-party scientific review of cancer treatment plans. This can help you identify and eliminate any potential obstacles to healing.
Problem: Medical professionals are paid to provide medical interventions.
But many tools for healing are not medical.
There’s a perceived conflict-of-interest going on here: if you get well naturally, the medical industry expects to earn less of your money. Take a lesson from history by watching Cancer: The Forbidden Cures. We live in a world where therapies are either aggressively promoted or aggressively smeared – according to profitability. Period. As a result, people who work within the medical industry are not necessarily well-positioned to discuss natural healing openly and honestly, despite having your best interest at heart. They may lack the proper knowledge, or may be putting their medical career at risk by doing so. Medical professionals tend to be brilliant, compassionate people- it’s just that every human system has limitations.
Suggestion: Again, don’t just rely on other people to tell you what to do. Be your own advocate. Perform your own due diligence. A good coach encourages you to do these things.
Problem: Treatment options are evaluated in the context of research terms like “response rate” and “median survival time”. But these metrics don’t necessarily have any bearing on whether you’ll see personally meaningful benefit from a treatment.
Suggestion: Have a talk with your doctor about what you expect to gain from treatment. What does “success” look like to each person in the room? Make sure you’re completely on the same page. Don’t be afraid to ask for details. If you don’t like the answers you get, that’s okay. You can choose to move in another direction.
The first plan somebody throws at you may be your best option- or not- and unless you ask some tough questions, you won’t know.
Problem: It’s easy to operate from a place of fear.
Suggestion: Don’t let this be YOU. Gather all the necessary information, then start making the best possible decisions for your own well-being.
You are the one who will live with your choices.