How Cancer Coaching Helped Address Colon Cancer Stressors

This is the case study of a colon cancer thriver. During his cancer treatment, he reflected on his life and made a new beginning. See how our cancer coaching program helped him discover his stressors.

Successful career, happy family

MK is a successful young corporate executive who we coached through colon cancer. With a lovely, devoted wife and two beautiful children, he was the epitome of the well-placed urban Indian.

Symbolically, the colon points to material in our life that we may be ‘holding in’ and that we need to let go of. Also, the colon is linked to the root chakra and relates to one’s roots – the health of one’s tribe and family ties, for example.

Feeling of guilt

When we inquired into these, he became very sad and revealed that he came from South India, where his elderly parents lived on their own; they were lonely and also had to look after his younger brother, a paraplegic.

MK felt a deep sorrow and guilt for ‘not having shared in his parents suffering’, while he was enjoying a good life in a big city. It was an ‘aha’ moment for MK when he realized that this was his key stressor.

Addressing the stressors

With the insight that his misplaced guilt and its associated mental stress were not serving him, he was able to process and move past these emotions. We are happy to share that MK is currently in remission, back at work and enjoying his family life after making significant lifestyle changes.

Reflection

  • While you may be getting on with your life, how much guilt do you carry, for not fulfilling certain responsibilities towards your loved ones?
  • What changes do you need to make, to lead a more ‘wholesome’ life?
  • How can you uncover your stressors? Can you consider taking the Holistic Health Questionnaire?

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