I thought her words very interesting and synchronistic, and a good introduction to my book entitled Cancer: Don’t buy its terror tactics.
Prior to being diagnosed with bowel cancer I thought I had already experienced some pretty tough life lessons, but they paled in significance when I was confronted with my own mortality and the potential impact this could have on my two young children.
Without a doubt it was the defining moment in my life - as although I was very relieved and grateful for a positive prognosis after my surgery – I was also incredibly fearful that the cancer would recur.
I had reached a crossroad, because I realised there was no way I could deal with this fear alone. And as so often happens when you put your hand up for help, it comes in the most unexpected ways. My lifeline came in the form of a counsellor called Dawn.
A very profound journey of self-discovery followed where I learned some amazing things. Information and skills that not only ultimately helped me to stay well, but also dramatically improved the quality of my life.
That was almost 20 years ago now, and since then I have studied, worked as a counsellor and travelled the world researching and observing the conclusions I draw in my book.
I would however like to stress: my book does not promise false hope or miracle cures. It is designed as a handbook to be used in conjunction, and in support of any medical procedure.
I work from the principle that with cancer it is not enough to merely attempt to heal the physical body; for the simple reason that there is a very high level of psychological and emotional stress associated with the disease. Furthermore I believe that if this is not addressed or adequately dealt with, it will be very hard for healing to be sustained over a prolonged period.
Obviously I am not alone in this theory, and neither is it particularly new – and here I draw your attention to an ancient Greek philosopher Euripides, who wrote: ‘Man’s griefs are often the cause of his diseases.’
However I found it strange that in the course of my research I couldn’t find any books that dealt comprehensively with the subject of the emotional component of cancer. Therefore it has been my challenge to produce a concise and informative book to fill this gap.
And, as the book project continued, I became aware that even though a self-help book may be clear and inspire some people to follow my healing program, others were inevitably going to have questions, and need help to implement this. With this in mind I have developed an interactive website - and anyone who googles Diana Newcomb Counselling will easily be able to access this.
To conclude: There is not one person in this room who has not been affected in some way by cancer. My greatest hope is that I have presented a simple blueprint for dealing with the terror and (often unconscious) self-destructive behaviour that can sabotage healing. Thank you.