Topic: Bristol (UK) Cancer Care Centre
Last week we spent 5 days at the BCCC. WE found it wonderful. The centre is dedicated to holistic approach to dealing with cancer, believing that the body is influenced both positively and negatively by the mind and emotions. They stress the importance of calm, peace and acceptance to start a healing journey. During their 20 years they have seen some remarkable recoveries as individuals change their lifestyle.
We spent five days in a group of 12 (8 cancer sufferers and 4 supporters) Much time was given to relaxation, meditation and visualisation. We had healing, massge, shiatsu, psychotherapy, art therapy and music therapy. Everyday we had group discussions looking at feelings and issues around cancer, for both those with the disease and family members who are also affected. The food is totally vegan, no milk meat eggs or cheese.
This approach fits my husband's life view. He believes that the stress of his life in the 5 years before he succumbed to cc, caused his cancer. He believes that only be changing his lifestyle and attitudes will be be able to fight this disease. he had 2 very stressful experiences in hospital which he thinks set him back and delayed his healing. Now he relaxes and meditates every day and we are enrolling in a local cancer centre for shiatsu and healing.
I get rather scared at his reluctance to consider orthodox treatments, but one thing I learned as a supporter at Bristol was that I cannot cure this disease; not by prodigious research on the internet, adding even more supplements to his diet, encouraging him to sleep/relax/visualise/exercise. He must be in control of his own healing and my role is to support him in the decisions he makes.