Breast Cancer and Depression

by Shelly
(Detroit, MI, USA )

Dear John,


I have an acquaintance who is 47 years old and has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is a divorced mom with three teenage girls and is not able to work because she is too ill due to chemo treatments. Her ex-husband barely pays child support and she is very depressed about her current situation. What can you suggest to help her cope with these issues? Thank you for your time and response.

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by: John

Hi Shelly,

I want to thank you for your kindness in reaching out for your acquaintance. She is bombarded by many difficult obstacles. All which are too heavy to carry for one person. What I would suggest to help her cope with these issues are:

1. Surrender – hand over every obstacle into God’s hands.
2. Ask for help – family, friends, community, church, government and health care system.
3. Attend individual counselling and if required – family counselling/coaching.

By surrendering the obstacles into God’s hands, we get to release the heavy load into responsible and capable hands. This will lighten the pressure put on the emotional and physical body.

We need lots of rest. A depression – emotional fever - cannot begin to heal if the body is overloaded with obstacles. Also, to keep the load light, we need to bring together a support team of caring people. We need the support of many different support systems.

We need to attend counselling/life coaching. As a counsellor/life coach, I help people understand depression and provide emotional nursing skills to help heal the depression. Through family counselling/coaching, I will teach family members the same emotional nursing skills and get everyone working together as a nursing team.

As you can see, she needs to unload her burdens (not carry them any longer) and get a nursing team together so that she can get lots of rest to nurse her depression.

Take good care,
John

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