Few words strike fear into the heart (my heart, at least…) like the big ‘C’ word. Like many of the people I know, I’ve spent many years fearing this disease, and abhorring any reference to it. But I’m writing this post today, because I’ve been learning a great many things recently about the links between body, mind and soul, and what I’ve learned has been profoundly useful, as well as a little disturbing.
First, a confession: I’m not pretending to have everything worked out, and to be able to make definitive statements about the links between depression and cancer. Ultimately, all illness is an act of God, and He doesn’t always do things that ‘fit’ the theories of us mere mortals.
Certain types of people are more prone to depression, and also more prone to cancer
That said, I’ve read a number of things recently that seem to suggest that certain types of people are more prone to depression, and in turn more prone to cancer, and I want to share them with you, dear reader, because the more of us start thinking about these things, the faster the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.
In this post, I’m just going to share some related quotes and ‘factoids’ I’ve found, and let you draw your own conclusions. The one thing I will say before we kick off is to re-emphasize that 99% of the time, God sends us illnesses in order to achieve some goal, change or growth in our lives.
The God-based holistic health model that I use as the basis for everything I write on this website and elsewhere sets out the three areas that the ‘problem’, whatever it is, will show up. First, it shows up in the spiritual realm; then if it’s not resolved at that level, it moves down into the mind and emotions; and if it’s not resolved there, then and only then it manifests as an actual physical malady or illness.
So now, onto the quotes (most of them come from the book ‘Love, Medicine and Miracles’, by Bernie Siegel.)
Quotes highlighting the body-mind-soul link between cancer and depression
In the next post, I’ll share the findings of a clinical study that was done many years’ ago that sheds more light on the type of personality most likely to develop a potentially life-threatening illness.