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On the last track we discussed hope. The three factors effecting hope are myths about cancer, type of cancer, and intuitive feelings.
On this track we will discuss making plans for the future as a technique for restoring hope. I find that there are three reasons for making plans for the future.
I stated to Jeremy, "If you are not making plans for the future it may be because you don’t see any future. You may have unconsciously given-up because you unconsciously believe that there is no chance of recovery. If you believe that, you may, without meaning to, be instructing your body to not work so hard- that no matter what it does it won’t make a difference." Jeremy thought about it. I felt that Jeremy may have resigned himself to the fact that there was no way he could recover from his cancer.
I stated to Jeremy, "There are some steps you can take. I could suggest that you merely change your mind set, but how realistic is that? But I do know a trick. The trick is to make plans for the future. There are at least three reasons for consciously making plans for a trip two years from now or for how you will spend the next several New Year’s Days or be around to see all of your children have children.
Reason # 3. Instructions to the Body
Think of your Jeremy. Could he or she be motivated by making plans for the future?
I also stated to Jeremy, "Make many and continuing plans for the future, not just one. That’s exactly what you did when you were well. Don’t stop now."
On this track we discussed making plans for the future as a technique for restoring hope. I find that there are three reasons for making plans for the future. Three reasons for making plans for the future are it is fun, making plans for the future counteracts the giving up instruction clients may have unconsciously been giving the body, and clients may be instructing the body to do everything it can to be around when that day comes, and there’s precedent that the body may comply with those instructions.
On the next track we will discuss breaking the news. Techniques for breaking the news will include timing, delegation and methods for telling children.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Steffen, L. E., Vowles, K. E., Smith, B. W., Gan, G. N., & Edelman, M. J. (2018). Daily diary study of hope, stigma, and functioning in lung cancer patients. Health Psychology, 37(3), 218–227.
Thornton, L. M., Cheavens, J. S., Heitzmann, C. A., Dorfman, C. S., Wu, S. M., & Andersen, B. L. (2014). Test of mindfulness and hope components in a psychological intervention for women with cancer recurrence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(6), 1087–1100.
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