Restore Spiritual Well-Being
Spiritual beliefs and actions are core aspects of who we are. They determine our values, philosophy about life, how we tackle problems and deal with things that happen to us that are beyond our control -- like a catastrophic illness such as breast cancer.
Women of different cultures commonly rely on spirituality and religion to help them deal with breast cancer or any other serious illness. Spirituality, whether you believe in God or some Higher Power, is about finding inner peace through a very personal connection between yourself and the entity that you believe in.
Proponents of spirituality claim that prayer can decrease the negative effects of a disease, speed your recovery and increase the effectiveness of your medical treatments. Faith and religious beliefs are also thought to help you improve your ability to cope with breast cancer and recovery and provide a sense of comfort during your journey.
Meeting your spiritual needs can help you recover from breast cancer and restore normalcy to your life. A recent study, Spiritual Correlates of Functional Well-Being in Women with Breast Cancer, conducted by the California Pacific Medical Center, explored the relationship between spirituality, spiritual well-being, physical well-being, functional well-being, mood and adjustment style in a sample of a group of women recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
The results of this study confirmed the importance of spirituality and spiritual well-being in both physical and functional well-being. Asking breast cancer survivors about the role of spirituality in their lives might be a useful marker to predict their ability to cope with stress and their quality of life.
Spirituality and prayers have been known to be important for both physical and emotional well-being. So, ultimately, there is a mind, body and spirit connection achieved through this practice.
The feeling of having a relationship with God or a Higher Power can help you come to terms with having breast cancer and can give you inner strength and courage, a sense of hope and the emotional comfort to overcome treatment and be victorious in your recovery.
The following resources provide detailed information to help you learn more about your spiritual well-being:
Breast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle Changes: Spirituality and Prayers to Improve Quality of Life
Well-Being and Spirituality: Part I Spirituality and Cancer Care Information
American Cancer Society - Spirituality and Prayer
Faith: The Unquantified Medicine
Practical Personal Spirituality for Trying Times
Spiritual Outlook Can Affect Mental Health in Breast Cancer