How Cancer Coaching Helped Address Ovarian Cancer Stressors

This is the case study of an ovarian cancer thriver. During her cancer treatment, she reflected on her life and reconnected with herself. See how our cancer coaching program helped her discover her stressors.

Being the ‘man of the house’

BD has ovarian cancer. Her life history shows a person who has had to be strong, logical, assertive and responsible for her family from an early age. She has learnt to be ‘the man of the house’.

Growing up, she often needed to take various family members to the hospital because they were affected by certain chronic conditions. After an arranged marriage, her husband too developed a serious health problem and could not be a steady bread winner.

Repressed femininity and creativity

BD took on this role as well, all the while repressing her own feminine nature and aspects; she fell out of touch with her woman’s body and emotions. She was most comfortable being practical and living by the ‘checklist’.

BD also had issues with money, power (need for control) and creativity (the lack of it), all symbolically linked to the ovaries. Her cancer therefore seemed to be representative of her despairing feminine essence making a desperate effort to express her repressed needs and get her attention.

Addressing the stressors

Once BD saw her pattern – where many of her long-held beliefs were simply masks (stressors), she resolved to reclaim her feminine aspects and honour her creativity in many ways, including taking up belly dancing!

Reflection

  • How often do you find yourself only doing what is expected of you, while repressing your own feelings and identity?
  • What is your definition of creativity? In what situations are you most creative and how does that make you feel?
  • How can you uncover your stressors? Can you consider taking the Holistic Health Questionnaire?

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