As spiritualists, we recognize the integration of body, mind and spirit in the overall health of an individual. People that have been diagnosed with cancer often find that all of these areas are under siege. The body has a serious issue with cells that have gone rogue. The mind is hampered by the stress of the diagnosis and often by the effects of the drugs used in treatment. While some people show great courage throughout their treatment, there is an assault on the spirit as the outcomes of the cancer are discussed.
There are scientific studies that have focused on the benefits that exercise can have on the body, mind and spirit of cancer patients, and those that have completed their treatments. Getting together with other cancer patients on a regular basis creates support for the members. A supervised program that includes cardiovascular and strengthening exercises helps rebuild stamina, improves the immune system performance, and aids in the tolerance of the chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
All of the major hospital systems in Columbus provide some level of formal exercise programs for their cancer patients. Mt. Carmel has an exercise and nutrition program. Ohio State has an aquatic exercise program, and provides specific guidelines regarding when and when not to exercise while undergoing treatment. Ohio Health offers the Wolfe Foundation Cancer Wellness program, which has an eight week schedule of supervised classes. All of the programs offer an aquatic exercise program that can be matched to the person’s capabilities at the time.
A group setting that allows cancer patients to exercise together provides peer support for those just beginning an exercise program, and those that have built upon their program. Having an exercise physiologist and other medical staff available makes this a safe experience that benefits the entire individual. The goal is to help the body help heal itself in conjunction with the treatment programs being administered for a particular individual.
You or someone you know can reach these programs at the following links:
OhioState James Cancer Center: http://cancer.osu.edu/Pages/index.aspx
Mount CarmelHealth : http://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/hospital-programs/cancer-care/resources-for-cancer-patients/breast-cancer-exercise-and-nutrition-program.html
OhioHealth: http://www.ohiohealth.com/mcconnell-cancerwellness. The direct contacts for the Wolfe Foundation Cancer Wellness Program at McConnell are Laura Leach at 614-566-3880 and Amy Kleski at 614-566-3920.
Columbus Cancer Clinic at www.lifecarealliance.org provides support resources for cancer patients.
We recognize the importance of our thoughts on the healing process. If we can gain spiritual acceptance and support for our bodies, amazing transformation can occur. Before each healing session that we do in our Sunday service, we offer this prayer:
The mind is a garden where thought flowers grow.
The thoughts that we think are the seeds that we sow.
Each kind loving thought bears a kind loving deed,
While a thought that is selfish is just like a weed.
We must watch what we think, the livelong day,
Pull out the weed thoughts and throw them away,
Plant loving seed thoughts so thick in a row,
There will be no room for weed thoughts to grow.
Put your mind and body to work and your spirit will be lifted. Think of the positive things that help you through your treatment and know that you are loved and supported by the Universe. Exercise every aspect of your being to heal your spirit and to offer every opportunity for your full recovery. No matter what the physical outcome, exercise will have a positive effect on your being.