Beat the Odds

A Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Program


Program Schedule:

Class 1     Increasing strength and vitality   

  • Discovering what you already do to effectively deal with stress
  • Increasing energy with mindful breathing and natural relaxation
  • Identifying activities that increase meaning, joy, deep fulfillment and peace of mind
  • Belief Work: resolving emotional distress


Class 2     Imagery: Transforming fear into peace of mind

  • The use of the imagination in health
  • Exploring beliefs about: the disease, treatments received, healing systems of our bodies
  • Practice of guided imagery
  • Opening a door to the exploration of our non-conscious health attitudes


Class 3     Developing and strengthening hope and trust

  • Understanding hope as a belief that desirable things are obtainable regardless of the remoteness of the probabilities
  • The role of ritual in developing trust and faith and in maintaining hope
  • Protection from doubt and despair
  • Exploring spiritual/religious/philosophical/existential beliefs


Class 4     Stress management, meaning of illness

Homework Assignment

  • Insurance for recurrence – what to do?
  • Exploring individual patterns of adapting to changes in our lives
  • Understanding benefits of illness as the needs we allow ourselves to meet only in disease
  • Exploring the meanings of illness
  • Addressing attachment to outcome


Class 5     Integrating health and illness, life and death

  • The purpose of this class is to increase our energy for living life today
  • Exploring beliefs about death and dying
  • Replacing fear and other negative emotions with peace of mind


Class 6  Strengthening support and communication skills

Homework Assignment

  • Clarifying the role of the supported and the supporting
  • Communicating concerns while resolving fear
  • Dealing with hopelessness
  • Balancing care and attachment to outcome


Class 7     Developing a Personal Health Plan

  • Getting priorities straight and healthy
  • Setting healthy goals
  • Balancing life and exploring the role of:
    • Play
    • Nutrition
    • Creative thinking
    • Social support
    • Physical activity
    • Purpose in life
  • Developing a fail-proof health plan to help understand what I can do today to move in the direction of health
  • Play and Unconditioned Laughter


Class 8    Symptom Self-Management

  • How to effectively handle pain, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, etc
  • Comfort with no deprivation and no fight


Class 9    Common Negative Emotions

  • Effectively resolving of worry, fear, despair, resentment, anger and guilt


Class 10   My Path – Moving Forward  

  • Review of cognitive neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) in Beat the Odds
  • Revision of 2-Year Health Plan
  • Evaluating and using your available resources
  • Recognizing the health value of people around you
  • Finding the support that suits you
  • Protecting hope and energy
  • Utilizing support groups