I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October I've thought about cancer every single day since my diagnosis. Thinking about something as scary and deadly as cancer every day is exhausting, to say the least. This is my life. Perhaps other cancer survivors don't think about cancer every day but rest assured they think about cancer more often than not.
Prayer is becoming more widely acknowledged as a way to cope with cancer. The goal of this study was to compare differences in use of prayer between breast cancer survivors from different ethnic groups and examine how use of prayer is related to mood and quality of life. This study used a mixed methods design. One hundred and seventy-five breast cancer survivors participated in a longitudinal study of survivorship. Women completed in-depth qualitative interviews and a battery of measures including quality of life, spirituality, social support, and mood.
Spirituality is described as an awareness of something greater than the individual self. It is often expressed through religion and prayer, although there are many other ways to express and pursue spirituality. Studies have found that spirituality, religion, and prayer are very important to quality of life for some people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Holy Cross Community is invited to join us in a moment of prayer on Friday, October 9 at 9 am, for those battling breast cancer. On this morning we are choosing to place the Mercy Moment a brief reflection delivered daily over the PA system at 9 am in order to give more people the opportunity to be included in praying for those who are struggling with breast cancer. We ask you to stop what you are doing for a moment to pray this prayer in support of breast cancer patients and those who care for them. Merciful God, ease the suffering of those who seek your comfort and strength as they cope with the pain and fear of breast cancer.