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Mindful Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR)

Intended Audience

All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

A cancer diagnosis brings about many uncertainties: What treatment is offered? Will it be effective? What will life look like in the future? What if cancer returns? With no definitive answers, many struggle with these uncertainties and their diminished sense of control.

Mindfulness is defined as present moment nonjudgmental awareness of your current experience. Mindful Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) is an evidence informed mindfulness training program designed to bring the benefits of this practice specifically to those living with cancer. Created and scientifically tested by Dr. Linda Carlson and Dr. Michael Speca at the University of Calgary, this program is well established and endorsed by the medical community. Over the past two decades, MBCR has brought immeasurable calmness and stress relief to thousands of people, and Wellspring Calgary is honoured to be able to bring it to our members. To learn more visit the Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery site.

Benefits and Impact

Mindfulness practice can help those living with cancer and their loved ones cope with their fears and uncertainties by helping them shift their focus to the present moment and attend to the here and now with acceptance and compassion. Extensive research on MBCR indicates that the benefits of this practice are numerous, including improvements in stress, depression, anxiety, fear, fatigue, sleep and other symptoms and side effects of cancer and treatment.

What to Expect at a Session

MBCR is a 10-week program that introduces participants to a range of meditation and yoga techniques to help train them to use these practices to achieve a sense of calmness and acceptance of what is.

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