The Spiritual Side of Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
Being a parent of a child with cystic fibrosis or having the disease you is stressful and frustrating. Because the disease attacks some of the most important organs in our body, patients can stress about their inability to digest their foods, the need for physiotherapy, and the discomfort and pain that comes with the disease. Stress often worsens the symptoms of the disease. A patient already struggling for breath can panic and their stress can make breathing even more difficult.
Is there a spiritual answer for this disease? Many believe in divine healing and that is possible. A strong spiritual life, meditation, prayer, and relaxing activities can help ease the stress of having a disease for which there is no known cure. There are many incidences of prayer by a support group; church family, or spiritual advisor has helped ease the stress a cystic fibrosis patient feels.
Your personal God can help you relieve stress and help you deal with cystic fibrosis.
Meditation and prayer will relax your body. When your body relaxes the major organs the disease affects will also react by relaxing. Yoga and prayer will slow your body and mind and ease breathing problems.
Statistics prove that those who are involved in a spiritual group, attend church on a regular basis, and pray or meditate have better health. Not only do you have the power of your spiritual side, but also you also the support of friends and family who can encourage you and help you cope with the symptoms of your disease. Spirituality will give you peace of mind, encouragement, and allow you to have faith in your future. A spiritual awareness has been proven to prolong life and improve the quality of your life.
Meditation regimes that combine meditation and stretching routines also will slow your mind, calm your spirit and relieve stress. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax, meditate, and calm your spirit. You may not be able to physically perform all of the stances or moves but those that practice yoga report they are calmer, more self-confident, and better able to cope with the stress of life.
A relaxed and stress-free body will allow your lungs to work better, easing tension will relax the airways, and being calm helps keep your breathing passages open. Stress also attacks the intestines and when you are calm, your digestive tract will give you less trouble.
Having a spiritual advisor may also help when you need someone to talk to, discuss concerns with, or need a person who is open to talking to you about your disease and prognosis. It is hard to deal with the fact you have a disease for which there is no known cure. You don’t have to go through that alone. Find a support group in your area, find a church home, and spend time in prayer and meditation. All of those actions will help you cope with the disease you have or that is affecting a member of your family.