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Faith, Spirituality, and Chronic Illness

Last updated: July 2019

When it comes to living with a chronic illness, people rely on different things to help guide them through their daily struggles. Some people in the community have mentioned that their faith or spirituality is the main reason they are able to get through a difficult treatment or cope with the challenges of their diagnosis. Others have mentioned that they do not identify as being a faithful or spiritual person. Take the polls below to share if faith has been a helpful tool for you.

Where do you find strength?

The challenges that come with prostate cancer can be scary to face alone. Some people find strength from their loved ones, their fellow prostate cancer patients, or their faith.

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What gives you the most strength?

Read about where Todd finds inspiration in his article The Power of Hope.

Faith guiding you through diagnosis

Faith can not only help people find strength and hope in difficult times, but faith can also help people navigate other areas of their prostate cancer diagnosis.

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Has faith/spirituality helped you cope with your diagnosis?

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Has your faith/spirituality changed since your diagnosis?

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Does your faith/spirituality guide your healthcare decision making?

Read about how Will focused on mind, body, and spirit to help him through his diagnosis in Mental Health: Mind, Body, Spirit.

Accepting prayers from others

Offering prayers is one way people show support, but not everyone identifies as a faithful or spiritual person.

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How do you feel when someone offers to pray for you?

Healing isn’t a straightforward path. Read about Diane’s outlook on her father's diagnosis and how they cope with the day-to-day in Positive Transitions To Healing With Prostate Cancer.

Hear more about faith and prostate cancer

If you’d like to explore more about living with prostate cancer and faith, check out these stories from community members:

  • A community member on faith guiding them through diagnosis in Trusting in God.
  • Share how your faith or spirituality has made a difference in your life since prostate cancer in a special Q&A topic.

How has your faith or spirituality guided and supported you through your experience with prostate cancer? Share your story in the comments.

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What emotions have you experienced from your prostate cancer journey? (select all that apply)