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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.Sheryl M. Ness
Sheryl Ness, R.N., O.C.N., is a nurse educator for the Cancer Education Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She helps inform patients, families and caregivers about services and resources to help them through the cancer journey.
She has a master's degree in nursing from Augsburg College. In addition, she is an assistant professor of oncology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and is certified as a specialist in oncology nursing. Sheryl has worked for more than 20 years at Mayo Clinic as an educator. She has a keen interest in the importance of the quality of life and concerns of people living with cancer.
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Connect with spiritual side on cancer journey
By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
Along with the changes in your physical well-being, living with a diagnosis of cancer can cause changes in your spiritual well-being.
You might be thinking "why me?" You might have feelings of anger and betrayal that cause you to question your spiritual beliefs. These emotions are quite normal.
A major illness such as cancer may leave you feeling vulnerable and forever changed. At times, the changes experienced are positive, with a shift toward a new sense of joy in life, forgiveness and gratitude.
Everyone defines spirituality in a personal way. For many, it means a connection to a religion — including important beliefs, traditions, values and practices. At times, spirituality is a connection to nature, inner peace, or a sense of hope or connection to a higher power. Our spirituality has a strong connection to our emotional and physical life.
As you reflect on your own spirituality, consider the things that are important and meaningful to you.
A few ways to reconnect with your spiritual side may be...
- Quiet reflection in nature — take in the beauty around you, breathe and reflect on your inner peace.
- Prayer or meditation — reflect on your worries and concerns and try to let them go through this process.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts — write about any difficult emotions you may be experiencing as well as your joy and hope.
- Look for uplifting and positive experiences with others — connect with a spiritual leader or counselor.
I'd love to hear reflections of how you've connected with your spiritual side throughout the journey.blog index