My Philosophy and Approach to Healing
The current health care model is primarily one that is disease-focused and reactionary as opposed to one that is proactive and focuses on disease prevention and health promotion in a patient-centered and culturally-sensitive manner. Every individual is unique and their healing journey should be personalized based on their health history, as well as their beliefs, goals, values and preferences.
I believe more attention should be placed on helping those affected by cancer achieve their optimal state of well-being following a diagnosis of cancer. While great advances have been made in oncology treatments and survival rates have improved, many cancer survivors are faced with unmet physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs following a cancer experience. It is not unusual for cancer survivors to feel as though they have little control over their health following a cancer diagnosis. However, once the shock of the diagnosis subsides and treatment is initiated, many individuals begin to wonder what they can personally do to enhance their overall health and help improve their chances for long-term survival. Oftentimes, true healing only begins once treatments have ended.
I am passionate about partnering closely with clients to guide them in developing a health vision and individualized plan and then empowering them to move forward in achieving their optimal state of well-being through healthy lifestyle practices (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, stress-reduction, etc.). Healing after a cancer diagnosis involves much more than the delivery of cancer treatments. It is a dynamic, evolving process that takes into consideration a person’s whole being, including physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions.
Cancer and Health Behaviors – Why Healthy Lifestyle Practices Matter
We know that cancer can affect anyone, and in some cases, cancer is related to a genetic predisposition or it can occur by chance without any identifiable cause. However, there are known modifiable lifestyle and environmental factors that may increase an individual’s cancer risk. A report from the World Health Organization states that between 30-50% of all cancer cases may be preventable through healthy lifestyles and avoidance of certain infections and environmental toxins. Modification and/or avoidance of these risk factors is not only important for primary cancer prevention in those currently unaffected by cancer, but also for cancer survivors since they may be at higher risk for additional cancers.