Why Me? Addressing Spiritual Distress During a Cancer Journey

When diagnosed with cancer, questions about your spirituality and self-worth may flow like water from a spigot.

What did I do to deserve cancer?

Why is this happening to me?

Are my lifestyle choices to blame?

Why do I feel like I’ve lost my faith?

You’re not alone if you’ve asked yourself these or other “why me?” questions during your cancer journey.

According to the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, one in four cancer patients struggle with questions about spirituality, including their relationship with God or other higher beings. 

Taking stock of your life and beliefs during your cancer journey is normal. However, suppose you’re stuck and unable to work through your questions or anxious about them disrupting your life. In that case, you may be experiencing spiritual distress.

Read more to explore the role spirituality may play during a cancer journey from experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

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