Finding healing tools for surviving breast cancer.
This article originally appeared in the Winter 1999 issue of Spirituality & Health.
At the California Pacific Medical Center and UCSF, the Army is funding a four-year project to find out if breast-cancer patients who use an integrated smorgasbord of spiritual tools fare better than women in conventional group therapy. But the researchers have larger goals. Says one ebullient staffer, "We're modeling a new way of being a woman." Grandiose? Not at all. Keeping this Integrated Group together is a young psychiatrist, Elisabeth Targ, M.D. (8/4/1961-7/18/2002), whose career, like Galileo's, may rock both the scientific establishment and the institutional church.
Imagine for a moment (and we hope this is pure imagining) that you have just lost a breast, or part of one, to a surgeon’s knife. Your hair has fallen out — and that’s just the most visible sign of a massive chemical assault on your insides. Your sense of self is altered if not shattered. You’re angry. More than that you’re terrified — yet the anger and fear are tinged with elation, an urgency that sometimes comes when the ultimate illus …