I thought this post from my healthylivingwithcancer.co site should reach a wider audience….
I was visiting a dear friend who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia and was chatting to him about why some people get cancer and some don’t. I expounded my theory that I am convinced that both Ross and I both became ill after the great grief we experienced when we lost our darling Louise. My friend was also trying to make sense of his illness, coming hot on the heels of his wife’s breast cancer (as couples we are members of our special cancer couples club, but we won’t invite you to join it, it’s terribly exclusive) and was able to contextualise their respective illnesses within a bereavement framework. It was he who pointed me in the direction of Prof Janet Lord’s research on how age alters our immune response to bereavement.
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February 3, 2015 at 9:29 am
That’s so interesting. I knew that theory from many years ago when they showed depressed immunity for 18 months following the death of a spouse. I guess they haven’t followed bereaved parents yet but it’s a study that should happen.
Let me know when you are free to talk. I’m about to speak to my healer for half an hour.
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February 4, 2015 at 12:48 am
Adela Forestier-Walker commented on #Bereavement and the suppression of #immunity
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totally brilliant Vicky – I completely agree with this. A friend’s husband dumped her for another woman, and as she had also had breast cancer I was very concerned that the grief might bring everything back. Fortunately not – yet, but I totally agree that grief and angst are not good for one. And anything we can do to help, can’t help but be useful….. I also do Bach remedies, and boost my immune system anyway I can. xxx
February 4, 2015 at 12:56 am
Adela, somehow it wont post your comment so I have posted it for you! Perhaps you should direct your friend to the healthylivingwithcancer.co website for tips on immunity boosting like healthy eating and exercise – 30 mins a day is all it takes to boost chances against recurrence.