Confronting Cancer: Facing, Embracing, Thriving
In this remarkable video, Maggie Creighton, along with numerous long-term cancer survivors guide you through the skills taught at the Cancer Support and Education Center, the granddaddy of all cancer support groups, co-founded by Dr. Miller in 1977. Featuring Maggie Creighton, designer and creative powerhouse behind the center will introduce you to the powerful, practical, step-by-step skills that have helped so many patients take charge of their lives and change the course of their illness.
Each video track will introduce you to a different part of the program:
- Mental Imagery Techniques
- Criteria for Effective Mental Imagery
- The Role of Stress in Illness
- Participating in Your Health
- Psycho Kinetic Awareness
- The Secondary Gains (Benefits) of Illness
- Beliefs, Expectancy & Self Image
- Early Life Decisions
- Exploring Beliefs about Death and Dying
- Establishing Goals
- Using Mental Imagery to Reinforce Goals
Numerous patients who have completed the program at the Cancer Center share their personal stories of triumph.
- To teach a remarkably effective approach to deal with cancer.
- Show you how you can find the courage to confront your illness and marshal your emotional, immunological, social, and spiritual resources to fight it.
- Introduce you to the process of guided imagery and the kinds of images that seem most effective in dealing with cancer.
- Inspire you with hope and awaken the will to live.
- Provide a step by step way to approach and thrive in the face of cancer.
How it works:
It’s easy to feel like a victim of cancer, to sink into feelings of helplessness. The statistics look overwhelming and the treatment is frightening. You can feel friends and loved ones begin to treat you differently as if you no longer existed. After a while, it’s easy to just slip into a downward spiral. Our program was for people who still believe they could fight.
The program included more than 16 hours of group work, a medical intake interview, 9 massages, consultation with a nutrition consultant to set up an individual nutrition program, for one-hour individual, couples, or family counseling, and Radix.
Here you will experience the heart and soul of this magical place. We applaud and are deeply grateful for all the cancer groups that have appeared since our lonely, beleaguered start. At the same time, we are saddened that many are skim milk, compared to the experience we created – we the staff and the patients.
Now, straight from the heart of the women who were at the heart of the program, Maggie Creighton and several others who experienced the center first “from the inside,” as patients, Adrianna, and Peggy. They realized the power and importance of our work, did their own self-healing work, then came back to help, making enormous contributions through working with the patients and their caregivers who came to our center.
Our hope is that this program will inspire you with the courage of these patients and that it will provide you with some specific steps you can take, along with a sympathetic health professional if possible, to take charge of your health and your life.
Programs listed at the bottom of this page are specific tools for doing this.
- For people who have been diagnosed with cancer – at any stage or grade, local or metastasized.
- For those serving as caregivers to cancer patients.
- For Health Professionals serving cancer patients.
Contraindications and Precautions: Although there are really no absolute contraindications for the use of this product, people who are severely psychotic or who do not want to at least try to follow the guidance offered will probably benefit little from listening. Listening is also not a substitute for needed medical care or psychiatric care for serious mental or emotional disturbance. In any undiagnosed potentially serious condition such as a head injury, again, there will not likely be any harm, but it would be wise to delay their use until an adequate diagnosis has been made.
Although no such problems have been reported, people with seizures of any kind, or neurological, or with severe neurorespiratory disease, should check with their primary care practitioner for suggestions regarding the use of this program. Likewise, if you are undergoing psychotherapy, share your use of these with your therapist, as he/she may want to integrate this use with your treatment.
And, of course, if you are driving or using equipment that requires your full attention, do not close your eyes and do not listen to any program that you find causes you to become drowsy, distracted, or incapable of functioning safely. Programs designated as “Drivetime” should be used with these precautions in mind.
Because of the wealth of information contained in this program, and because it presents viewpoints that are challenging to the limiting beliefs that so many people harbor, it is suggested that it be viewed on a number of occasions, with no more than a week between successive viewings.
We highly advise using The Cancer Self-Help Manual in conjunction with these DVDs.
The supplementary programs listed below should prove of great value in applying the concepts in your life.
Supplementary and related programs:
Cancer Self-Help Manual and Workbook - This workbook is designed to provide you with practical tools to assist you in developing a positive expectancy that your treatment will be entirely successful and that you will soon be completely healthy and full of energy.
It contains exercises, readings, instructions for each activity used at the center, and a reading assignment following each session which either supplements the material learned in that session or introduces you to ideas and techniques which will be covered in the following session.
Awakening The Healer Within - Dr. Miller’s presentation, originally delivered at the Cancer Support and Education Center, presenting the basic concepts of mind-body medicine. An excellent way to learn about how your mind and body interrelate, and how, by choosing wisely your thoughts and mental images, you can awaken your body's innate potential for healing. You will also learn more about how to use deep relaxation and meditation in your healing and enjoy several experiences of using these mind–tools.
Optimizing Chemotherapy - This program is designed to help enable you to maximize the use of your mind to support and facilitate the healing of your body; provide emotional and physical support and balance; to diminish side effects, and to focus your chemotherapy specifically on your cancer cells.
Optimizing Radiation Therapy - Maximize the use of your mind to support and facilitate the healing of your body by providing healthy emotional and physical support and balance while helping to remove any possible internal barriers to healing. Learn to enter the deeply relaxed “healing” state and use the tools of imagery to help focus the radiation most effectively on the cancer cells to be eliminated, while protecting your body’s healthy cells.
Healing Journey - Using your new skills of relaxing deeply and using guided imagery and creative imagination, the very soft and soothing guidance takes you deeper into the healing state. Excellent for severe illnesses, it helps you relax into the recovery program and marshal your spiritual resources and guide them towards your self-healing. This program features a symphony created specifically for this recording by the legendary Raphael.
Healing From Cancer - Imagery for empowering your immune system and creating a positive mental attitude. Learn how to use guided imagery and meditation to help with your healing
Accepting Change And Moving On - This program helps you through unexpected changes that you may encounter as you take on the management of fighting cancer: Relationships change, priorities change, perhaps bodily functions will change. These changes will require an inner adjustment and this program through guided imagery and self-hypnotic mind-tools will help you through to new patterns of living.
Successful Surgery and Recovery - A set of powerful experiences to achieve the maximum benefit and a speedy recovery from surgery through conditioning your mind and body. Techniques on this CD have been shown to speed up post-surgery healing by up to 25%! Use before and after surgery to reduce swelling, pain, bleeding, infection, and the side effects of anesthesia.
Deep Healing – The Essence of Mind-Body Medicine - This is Dr. Miller’s classic text exploring the holistic field of mind-body medicine, offering both the theory and a wealth of practical tools and imagery scripts for confronting cancer and other illnesses.
Touch, Caring, and Cancer – Simple instruction for family and friends - One of the most comforting forms of support you can give a person with cancer is the use of touch. This inspiring and authoritative program (DVD with illustrated manual) was developed as part of a research study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. It provides detailed instruction by leading experts in cancer support and oncology massage for safe and simple techniques anyone can learn and apply.
Getting Well Again – by Carl Simonton and Jim Creighton