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MIND MATTERS
Can I Trust The ‘Voice In My Head’?

Dear Dr. Siegel  – I have BC…and my oncologist says I need radiation.  I don’t know why, but…there’s a voice in my head telling me not to do it.  Should I listen to the voice?  Is it possible that some inner part of me knows something that the doctor doesn’t know?

– Sterling (SC)

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Dear Sterling --  Yes this could be your intuitive wisdom or gut feeling or it could be…

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Should I Tell Him To Go Find A Healthy Woman?

Dear Dr. Siegel -- I met a man a few months ago and we really hit it off but I was just diagnosed with BC and his 1st wife died of BC 4 years ago.  He wants to marry me and help me get through this but I can’t bring myself to let him go through this for a second time…He says I’m hurting him by declining his offer.  I say I’m hurting him less this way.  I would feel so guilty if we married, he took care of me, and then I died.   Am I being cruel by telling him to go find a healthy woman?  I care a lot about him and don’t want to be the cause of more pain.

-- CherylAnn (Australia)

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Dear CherylAnn -- You don't understand the role of love.  To quote a man going through what you are discussing; "When you…

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At 81 Should I Fight, Or Surrender?

Dear Dr. Siegel  -- I’ve read your books for many years knowing that at my age (81) it was just a matter of time before your words would apply to my life.  Well that time seems to have arrived.  I’ve just been told I have Breast Cancer…and my question is this:  …why should I put myself through surgery, chemo, radiation, etc, knowing that, even with a positive outcome, I haven’t many years left to me.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend my last year (or 2) doing what I love doing (traveling)…rather than feeling awful for whatever time I have left?

--  Miriam (Florida)

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Dear Miriam -- My feeling is to follow your heart and do what makes you…

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How Do I Decide Which TX Is Right For Me?

Dear Dr. Siegel  -- I read “Love, Medicine & Miracles” when I was diagnosed with BC 3 years ago and it helped me so much.  I’ve been NED for almost 6 months, but now it’s back and I don’t know what to do.  If treatment last time only worked for a little while is there any reason to think the same treatment this time will have a different result…Do I go with the statistics?  How do I know what is right for me this time?

-- TK (Minnesota)

BERNIE’S REFLECTIONS

Dear TK -- You get out of your head and into your heart.  You need to do what feels right and stop thinking.   You are not a…

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How Do I Prepare My Mind?

Dear Bernie -- I am scheduled to begin chemo in January.   What should I do now to help prepare my self for the journey ahead?   Please help put me on a path that will lead to my becoming a ‘Respant’ as you call it.

-- Suzanne (Phoenix, AZ)

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Dear Suzanne -- You can prepare yourself by listening to CD’s like…

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From Cancer Patient to Respant

By:  Bernie Siegel, MD

Unfortunately doctors and health professionals, in general, do not study success. We are far more likely to consider an unexpected recovery to be due to the treatment or a spontaneous remission. However, I have learned from my experience with patients and by asking them, “Why didn’t you die when you were supposed to?” that they always had a story to tell.

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