Coping with a Difficult Medical Diagnosis
A medical diagnosis may involve the need for surgery, invasive diagnostic tests, and treatment side effects that can cause severe stress and leave you feeling helpless or out of control. How the diagnosis impacts you, your family, your ability to take care of yourself or others, or to simply function on a daily basis often weights heavily on your mind. Quality of life issues like the ability to manage chronic pain, sleep, maintain a healthy appetite, or to maintain a positive outlook about the future may be severely impacted.
To help patients alleviate their anxiety, Transformative Living uses hypnosis and guided imagery to restore a sense of personal power as you learn techniques to manage your physical and mental state. Hypnosis and guided imagery can be safely used with any medical treatment and have been proven to be beneficial when:
- Having surgery or invasive medical tests / treatments
- Needing to manage treatment side effects such as fatigue and nausea from radiation and chemotherapy
- Needing to control pain levels
- Coping with a chronic illness such as fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome
Through individualized sessions, Transformative Living can help you improve quality of life issues such as insomnia, nervousness, discomfort, levels of unhappiness, and apprehension about treatment and survival. Intentional and vivid mental imagery can also activate the body's own resources for health and balance complementing the effectiveness of medical treatments.
|"Dr. McDonald gave me knowledge, tools, and guided me to create and practice mental visualizations. These mind exercises helped me to deal with pre-surgery jitters, set up my body-mind for a successful surgery with little blood loss, and with healing beginning before they even closed me up...I went into surgery with a below-normal hemoglobin level, but I barely lost any blood and did not need a transfusion during the operation."
|- Alaina Z.