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Readers, I apologize to you. Despite indicating on this blog that the E-book would be published this week, I must let you know that this will not happen. I've delayed publication just a bit in order to add some critically important resource information that I learned late in the publication process.
Here's the therapist's reply to my thoughts:
Jaelline Jaffe PhD, LMFT
Lemon-Aid Counseling, Licensed Psychotherapist and author
Most illness is also related to stress, either as cause or effect, and when people bring their concerns to doctors, they usually get very little attention to their emotional needs (doctors have neither the time nor training to help in this regard).
I have developed 12-week group therapy program to help people deal with the sadness, anger, worry, guilt, or other strong feelings associated with their medical problems, and to find themselves again as a person, not just as a patient. I intend to market this program to other professionals so they can help people in their own areas.
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Dr. Jaffe points out that
But I'd already known that,
As you'll soon read in
Before this workbook continues further, I wish to comment on its purpose: it is a tool for strengthening your resolve. Emotions go on a rollercoaster all their own when a person learns of the medical and/or emotional/spiritual crisis that seems about to engulf them. Take heart; that’s a sign of being human, of being normal. Despite your yearning to master and to control the situation you’re in – or even to get rid of it, reality dictates that you remain calm and logical. The temptations to go ballistic are innumerable. We all suffer with that problem.
The mark of a refined human being, a 'decent person,' is that he or she behaves pleasantly and intelligently despite the pain, setbacks and sadness of the problem in their life. In the 21st century, however, a huge sense of confusion clouds our thinking: we became used to instant solutions back in the 20th century. Technological advances gave us instantly cooked food zapped in microwaves. We advanced from s-l-o-w cyber communication to real-time faxes, Instant Messaging, quickly received and responded to E-mail, cell phones, PDAs, blackberries and more. We lost the sense of having to wait for results. That loss of perspective affects our understanding of emotional restraint and spiritual growth. They develop with the repetition of polite behavior despite inner turmoil. Time and patience are crucial factors for becoming refined individuals. They’re critical coping tools for medical challenges.
I pray that the humorous content and... insights within my manuscript will help you to renovate your inner life, your very soul and mind. Persist at making your character over into that of a more tolerant and flexible person. And when you fail after making or approaching success, know that our spiritual ancestors went through the same trials and errors. Psalms/tehilim are full of those thoughts. King David knew of what he wept. You do, too.
Persist in your efforts to improve your behavior and thinking patterns. Make it a hobby. Your accomplishments and lofty goals join the spiritual power of [spiritual] lessons. None of your efforts can be wasted. A universal reality makes this so."
Power to the Patient, who needs and deserves repect, appropriate assistance, and acceptance.
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life