Dr. Wright describes if a mother's cancer diagnosis affects her entire family.
Well, obviously when a woman is suffering from anything, but especially cancer, her illness is going to, again, it becomes systemic. Her suffering radiates throughout the family, and so it’s really important that more than ever, if there’s a compassionate component in her ability to first communicate with herself, and no blame, shame, or guilt about her condition in the prognosis and the duration of her recovery.
There’s no shame, blame, or guilt in that so that when she is communicating to her family, it’s a process communication. It’s not a stagnant, “This is the way it’s going to be,” terrible communication. There needs to be humor, and some of the silly things that happen while we are in recovering from cancer and cancer treatment.
About Dr. Barbara Wright, Ph.D.:
Barbara Wright, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist based in Laguna Beach, California. She has been in private practice for over 30 year. During this time she has developed a method and system of compassionate communication for skillful conflict resolution, be it intrapersonal or interpersonal for individuals, couples, families, as well as schools and corporative situations. This method Metta4All, is the culmination of her life’s work as a speech therapist and clinical psychologist.