Being diagnosed with a blood cancer is not in anyone’s life plan, so when it happens it can be a shock for you and also the people around you. It can be a scary time and your life can change quite drastically. These mindfulness podcasts have been specifically designed for people with blood cancers, in order to support with managing the uncertainty that this can often bring and to help you to better manage your physical symptoms.
These podcasts can also be used by the carers and family of people living with blood cancers. This can be an emotional and stressful time for everybody involved and it is very important that the wellbeing of the carers and family is looked after.
The mindfulness resources have been developed by AbbVie UK, with the support of the CLL Support Association, Leukaemia CARE, the Lymphoma Association and Bloodwise.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation that is used throughout the world – bringing attention and awareness more fully to the present moment. There have been several studies showing that mindfulness can be helpful if you are living with a cancer diagnosis.1,2
Mindfulness can be done anywhere, at any time. You can practise it formally, setting time aside daily to do it on your own, or you can practise it in the midst of everyday situations - at moments that you find difficult or overwhelming. You may find these mindfulness podcasts useful:
- at night, if you are having trouble sleeping
- before difficult conversations with loved ones
- in a waiting room before an appointment
- awaiting test results
- approaching or after treatment
- in the infusion room
- coping with the
uncertainty of the ‘watch and wait’ period