Cancer - death sentence or opportunity? The experience of transformation in individuals with diverse religious or spiritual backgrounds
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to provide an answer to the question: How do individuals with different religious or spiritual backgrounds experience transformation in the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis? The hope was to portray aspects of the after-treatment phase with a focus on the experience of personal growth, development and transformation in individuals with diverse spiritual backgrounds. The findings revealed that the transformation experienced by these women was not only of a similar nature, but touched on values that can be characterized as lived spirituality. They were a sense of self-appreciation, an increased desire to serve others, and a feeling of universal interconnectedness. All of these had a positive impact on self-care, relationships with self, others, and with a higher power. Despite the turmoil that had been part of the journey, the lives of my co-researchers were more meaningful, peaceful, and fulfilling. Findings from the study have the potential to argue for a sensitization of those in the helping professions regarding issues of personal, developmental, and spiritual needs of clients. Considerations may also be given to the creation of a new language regarding the cancer experience, one that is more conducive to the exploration of the potential for personal growth and transformation.
Bibliography: p. 178-193