5 Ways I Would Love a Cancer Diagnosis

I received a cancer diagnosis in my dream last night and I’m happy to say I responded well.

As an aside, Dr. Greg House delivered the diagnosis, and he was as ridiculous in my dream as he was on the TV drama series named after him.

Back to the dream.

I had a tumor in my throat that needed aggressive treatment.  One of my first statements was, “I’m a recovering alcoholic so you’ll need to figure out the pain med regiment.”

House replied, “You have cancer and you’ll be taking narcotics or you’ll be a dead recovering alcoholic.”

In my dream, I kicked and screamed a little, but then quickly moved into acceptance.  I was also quite aware that while I had cancer, it did not have me.

Waking up from the dream

Naturally, I woke feeling as if I were still in the dream.  As I distanced my awakened self from the dream, I realized that while Greg House was a fictional doctor, the possibility of a cancer diagnosis is very real.

I found myself wondering how I would react in real life.

I’ve read that our dreams can be a reflection of the subconscious mind.  Do I think that means I’m going to get cancer?  Not really.  But to be honest, it is a distant fear.

The two-year anniversary of my mother’s death from lung cancer is coming up in a couple of weeks; I’m not surprised that I’m dreaming about the disease.

Do I believe I could accept a diagnosis with grace and dignity like Mom did?

I certainly do.

Unlike Mom, though, whose body couldn’t withstand the triple whammy of emphysema, COPD and lung cancer, in my dream, I believed that the tumor lodged in my throat could be dissolved and that my body would heal.

In my first waking moments, my sense was I would be healed by love.

I think I would use love as a combatant.  I believe I would love myself into healing.  Love is bigger than anything, including medical diagnoses.

What would loving myself into healing look like?

  1. 1.  By honoring my body’s need for care with good food lovingly prepared and mindfully ingested. I’m talking about visualizing the food nutrients throwing a party around the cancer cells and inviting them to join.
  2. 2.  By movin’ and groovin’ and doing what I want rather than listen to all those medical restrictions.  Remember I said I was aware that the cancer didn’t have me.  I love activity and experiencing new things so why not invite that curmudgeon tumor along?
  3. 3.  By keeping the half-full glass of water from spilling.  My optimistic and positive nature has taken me to great places in my life.  I’m not about to let that change because of a revision in my physical condition.
  4. 4.  By surrounding myself with positivity.  I’d better work on building and expanding my network of friends so that when I need them they’ll flock to my side with all kinds of love and light.
  5. 5.  By not allowing doom and gloom. I’d turn off the news and turn on the heart.  Lots of heart and then lots more!  Bring me laughter–tears are okay too–but don’t bring me anything maudlin.
So, I have a couple of questions for you.  First, have you experienced a dream like mine?  And second, how do you believe you would you handle a cancer diagnosis?  Please leave your thoughts in the comment section.


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  1. Priska says:

    I have never had a dream such as yours but when we we reach a certain age we become aware that we will move on at some point in the near or distant future.

    Being diagnosed with cancer has already happened to many of our friends, subconsciously we wonder, could we be next?

  2. Beth says:


    I think you’re right . . . both in the age thing (much as I hate to admit it!) and knowing that so many people I know have received the diagnosis.

    I’m taking the dream as a bulls-eye sign that my new eating regiment is on target. Now, about exercise . . .

    Thanks for your comment!

    B Well!

  3. Hi Beth,

    I suppose for many, myself included, that would be the worst nightmare. I’ve known a number of people who were diagnosed with cancer. Some survived, a few didn’t But I have learned a lot watching how people handle this situation. I’ve seen many handle it with grace and dignity. I hope I could get myself to a place where cancer wouldn’t take over my life. It may have to be a part of it, but there would be so much more.

    • Beth says:

      I think you’re right, Cathy. It would take some work to get to a place of acceptance, and I’m hopeful that by striving to stay in a fit spiritual condition, getting to acceptance might be a little easier. Let’s pray that neither of us has to dig that deep!

      Best to you!

  4. Priska says:

    I have been attending a mindfulness meditation group at our library each week. It is for cancer sufferers and their families. Though I was not personally in that situation I had been meditating on my own and wanted to learn mindfulness from a zen instructor. It has brought compassion and connectedness into my life.

    • Beth says:

      Priska, what a wonderful example of connecting with others! I’m certain that your energy is very uplifting to the members of that group.

      Blessings to you!

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