Walking Along the Breast Cancer Journey: A Pastoral Response to the Spiritual Needs of Breast Cancer Patients
Catherine Susan Sims
The author researched a theological reflection method of processing women's experience of breast cancer and its treatments through the image of pilgrimage. In addition to a supportive process the project sought to address the spiritual dimensions of the cancer experience. Three models for reflection were tested: Jesus' Paschal Mystery, the religious practice of pilgrimage and the stations of the cross. Using surveys, as well as discussion and observation over six weeks, data show an improvement in how the women saw their experience. This project enabled the women to choose how they would respond to the diagnosis of breast cancer.
Degree Granting Institution
Thomas A Baima
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