Taming the Tiger: A Simple Path to Releasing Fear of Cancer Recurrence

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Do You Worry About Cancer Recurrence?

Here is the link to the webinar during which Dr Shani Fox and I discussed why we need to manage fear, and the simple steps you can take to quickly and reliably defuses fear of cancer recurrence, so you can get back to enjoying your life.

As a survivor, you probably know the feeling.  As your followup blood test or CT scan approaches, you see yourself receiving news you dread.  You find yourself reactive and irritable, maybe even teary.  It’s hard to focus on anything or anyone else.

You’re not alone: fear of cancer recurrence is estimated to affect up to 70% of survivors.  But that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with, or help you recapture the sleep you may be losing.

And, it’s hard enough to walk around feeling fearful–but the problem is compounded because fear is really hard on your body. There’s now a large body of evidence that the biochemical changes triggered by persistent fear cause changes to cells and tissues that make them fertile ground for development of further disease, including cancer recurrence.

In other words, persistent fear of recurrence can contribute to the very thing you’re afraid of: cancer recurrence.

What if there was a quick, reliable way to transform that fear back to calm, so you can get back to enjoying each day?

Dr. Shani is the rare medical professional who devotes her career exclusively to helping cancer survivors.  She helps cancer survivors get back on their feet after cancer treatment.  When she noticed that virtually all of her patients struggled with fear of cancer recurrence, she knew she had to do something about it. She created a simple, 5-step method that quickly and reliably defuses fear of cancer recurrence, so you can get back to enjoying your life.

Poet Mary Oliver said we each have “one wild and precious life”.  Don’t let fear of cancer recurrence keep you from living yours full-out.

Buy now: The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit

Check out what others have to say about Dr Shani’s Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit:

I love this book! At my blog, WhereWeGoNow, I focus on the emotional fallout of living with cancer. Fear of recurrence is one of the blockbuster emotions we deal with as survivors. That’s why I’m grateful to Dr. Shani Fox for offering The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit.

Dr. Shani’s five simple steps are a breeze to follow – you’ll master them in no time. I think of them as shiny new tools in my emotional tool box, helping me take back some of the control I’ve lost to cancer. I’m sure you will too.

~Debbie Woodbury, WhereWeGoNow.com

Thank you for creating this first aid kit, Dr. Shani! It’s brilliant – concise, easy to understand and implement – and it works!

Fear of recurrence looms large for every cancer survivor I know, and this 5-step process will be helpful to many. Each step stands powerfully on its own. All together, they provide life skills for anyone dealing with fear of any kind. Practicing these 5 steps will be a balm to the heart and soul of any cancer survivor.

~ Barbara Musser, Founder and CEO, Sexy After Cancer

Dr. Shani recognizes the stress of living with a cancer diagnosis. As a naturopathic doctor, she offers a health-oriented perspective on issues such as stress and survivorship care. Her first aid kit is a practical and doable step-by-step guide for dealing with the fear associated with cancer.

~ Pat Wetzel, Founder, The AntiCancer Club

My wife is a two-time cancer survivor who had 28% odds of survival. She proved the prognosticators incorrect, but does she still undergo PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) prior to every check-up? Yes, each and every time! As her ongoing caregiver, I also stress about what each follow-up visit may reveal. After each positive report, we remind each other that we worried and needlessly created excess anxiety for ourselves.

The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit helped us place our worries in perspective and provided us with methods to significantly reduce our focus on issues over which we have little control. While we cannot dictate the future, Dr. Shani’s helpful book is making our travels over life’s bumpy roads more manageable.

I recommend this book not only for cancer survivors, but also for those that love them. As a caregiver, her advice has worked wonders for me.

~Rob Harris, author of We’re In This Together: A Caregiver’s Story and We’re In This Together: A Caregiver’s Guide

For cancer survivors, fear can unravel survivorship. Instead of cancer survivorship being a bright vista filled with hope and vision, it can instead become a dark cold cave of worry. The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit is the beacon out of this cave. The pragmatic and clinically-tested steps developed by Dr. Fox provide cancer survivors with what they need to restore the hope and happiness that they so rightly deserve. As a practicing naturopathic oncologist, I am grateful for this guide to recommend to my patients.

~Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, author of Definitive Guide to Thriving After Cancer

I have been a patient for 7 years. I am based in London and have an in depth knowledge of resources in the UK, and also support cancer survivors across the globe via social media. I have never seen anything like this kit before and am delighted to see a publication of this kind.

The “First Aid Kit” is delightfully easy to use, which is the joy of it. Anxiety is a massive problem for people affected by cancer, and anything that can help improve things in that area is incredibly positive for them.

Anxiety can be a very destructive emotion. I have personally seen that the fear of cancer can be as destructive as the cancer itself, so welcome your publication as a positive resource for patients. My grateful thanks!

~Chris Lewis, owner of Chris’s Cancer Community

This is a brilliant idea! My experience with thousands of survivors has certainly shown that fear raises its ugly head regardless of how courageous one is. As a survivor myself, this First Aid Kit provides wonderful direction. This is an easy resource a survivor could refer back to again and again.

~Judy Pearson, Cofounder, Women Survivors Alliance

first Aid ShaniBuy Now: The Cancer Survivor’s Fear First Aid Kit


~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Dr Shani Fox–As a holistic physician healing people with cancer and deep-seated chronic conditions, Dr. Shani Fox noticed that people who have lost touch with their personal vision are never really well, while those committed to their values and vision can achieve extraordinary wellness, even from the midst of disease.  Now Dr. Shani inspires people to dream – and to reach for their dreams – as part of their healing journey.

Deeply moved by her father’s example of a life well-lived, Dr. Shani left a lucrative corporate position to fulfill her own dream of becoming a holistic physician.  Along the way she learned first-hand how wholehearted commitment to a dream calls forth breathtaking support from the Universe, leading to unexpected success.

Dr. Shani has made multiple TV and radio appearances, and is the producer and host of the live teleconference series “COURAGE AND GRACE: Stories of Remarkable Cancer Survivors.” She offers expert, individualized medical care and transformational coaching programs to help people achieve new levels of wellness, joy and fulfillment.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health, and Breast Cancer Answers and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Magazine. Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She is on the Medical Advisory Board for BeatCancer.Org and is on the Advisory Board to the Radical Remission Project. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.com/about/

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