It's understandable that those who are suffering from (or have suffered from) this debilitating disease would be afraid of cancer. There are few things more likely to induce long-term fear than being diagnosed with a malignant tumor by one's doctor. Following a diagnosis of lung cancer or leukemia, a patient's future becomes highly uncertain. “Can the disease be stopped?, " and “How much pain will there be?" are some of the questions that become lodged permanently in the minds of sufferers and their loved ones. Even if the symptoms of the disease undergo remission, even if doctors manage to extract their malignant tumors, patients’ fear of cancer never really leaves them. Is there a way to ease some of the secondary ill effects of this terrible affliction-the fear and dread that are its grim, constant companions?
When Terror Strikes
The terrible psychological effects of cancer can strike at any moment along the disease's development and progression. Some patients report a crippling dread ensuing right after the fateful doctors appointment during which they first learn of their plight. Some patients weather the initial experience with relative fortitude, but then experience that paralyzing terror when they're told of their harrowing treatment options.
Pain And Uncertainty
Surgery and chemotherapy are time-consuming and complicated medical procedures. The prospect of choosing to undergo such a procedure, or facing death, can push even the strongest patient past his or her limits of tolerance. Few want to die. Yet, what is so particularly fear-inducing about the experience of having cancer is having to live with constant uncertainty as to whether one will live or die.
Terror Never Ends
Finally, even those who are successfully cured of their cancer, oftentimes spend the rest of their lives in fear. The experience of battling this disease can leave a traumatic impact on one. Cancer survivors, like survivors of war, often report that their one-time experience interferes with their ability to lead normal lives.
The kind of deep fear that many of these patients suffer-the kind of fear that robs life of its joy, even before physical pain or disease set in-can't be rooted out by conscious means. That old cliche of “staying strong" doesn't always work. Patients and survivors can, and often do, tell themselves to be as strong as they like. Hospital inmates know perfectly well that their terror does them no good, that it could even reduce their chances of recovery. However, for all their knowledge, their minds simply refuse to cooperate. They can't stop being afraid.
Stop Being Afraid of Cancer With NLP
Fortunately, a combination of NLP and hypnotherapy can help sufferers and survivors alike overcome their terror in a natural, long-term fashion. The reason that NLP and hypnotherapy are effective is that they address the unconscious parts of sufferers’ minds. Sometimes, consciousness can be like a cluster of computer subroutines. Although a patient knows not to be afraid, on a neuro-linguistic level the thought of cancer is “programmed" to lead to mindless terror. The techniques of NLP and hypnotherapy involve reprogramming these subroutines. As such, they are one of the most effective ways to help those who are afraid of cancer.
J J Seymour is a writer with Self Help Recordings. Hypnotherapy and NLP can be very effective in helping you to overcome your Afraid Of Cancer - one good source of experienced hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners is Just Be Well. This organization has experienced professionals throughout the UK in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, East Anglia, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Surrey, Sussex and Scotland. You will also find links to related practitioners for treatment of fear of cancer in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, for Dublin, Ireland, and for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in Australia. These people deal with a wide range of fears and phobias and for more information on issues treated go here - Fear Of Cancer .