My Story by Trish Rankin

  Not knowing what to expect since I had been informed my clothing choice wasn’t necessary, since I wouldn’t be riding the horse anyhow, I excitedly entered the barn. “What? No horse riding?” When we arrived, the horses were still in their stalls, so I sat down on the feed […]

Psycho-Oncology

Psycho-oncology is a broad-based approach to cancer therapy that treats the emotional, social, and spiritual distress which often accompanies cancer. According to Dr. Jimmie Holland, the founder of psycho-oncology, the field has two major emphases. The first is the study of cancer patients’ psychological reactions to their illness at all stages of […]

Move From Cope to Hope: How Connecting to Others Supports Mind-Body Healing for Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis can trigger a range of emotions, including sadness, fear, and loneliness. Processing these emotions during treatment and beyond can offer hope. Loneliness understandably has a big impact on psychological health. Research now shows it is also linked to negative changes in physical health, including suppression of the […]

If You Want to be Happy, Be Grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. If you want to be happy, be grateful. The Dalai Lama puts it this way: […]

How to Access the Healing Power of Your Mind with Dr. Neil Fiore

Class Overview To access the healing power of your mind, you need to get into The Zone, Flow, and The Groove of low stress and focused attention. Want to heal faster and recover with more comfort? Here’s how: Introduction You can use the 3 essential qualities [Safety, Choice, and Presence] […]

Relieving the Emotional Pain of Cancer

In medicine, we are amazingly successful at alleviating physical pain, but are too often at a loss for how best to relieve emotional pain. The mind is the greatest stressor known to humankind, and nowhere does that become more apparent than when a loved one or you face a medical […]

What the Chronically Ill Wish Family and Close Friends Knew About Them

Perhaps this piece should be written entirely in the first person because it reflects what I want my loved ones (by whom I mean family and close friends) to know about me. These are the people who’ve done so much for me, and I’m deeply grateful. I simply want them […]

Practicing Loss

At times when I consider my losses, I feel like a loser in the battle against self-pity. Like many diseases, cancer has everything to do with loss: of a breast or a leg, of a chunk of liver or lung, of continence, of mental capacity, of life itself. My losses, […]