Spirituality and Prayers to Improve Quality of Life
Spirituality and prayers has been found to be important for both physical as well as functional well-being. The feeling of having a positive relationship with God or the Higher Power is said to give you a sense of self-acceptance, hope and an emotional comfort of belonging as well as courage to deal with breast cancer. Most women with breast cancer feel that spirituality can provide inner security and help discover your true self and rid you from the fear and negative feelings. It can help you connect with yourself and come to terms with your illness.
Many studies have indicated that spirituality buffers the anxiety and depression associated with negative life events such as breast cancer. Religious involvement and spirituality improve health-related quality of life and enhance recovery from illness.
In a study on the role of religion and spirituality in coping with breast cancer in Chilean women, the researchers concluded – “Women viewed religion and spirituality as primary resources for themselves and others to use in coping with breast cancer. Women's use of religion and spirituality was manifested in praying, in their perceived dependence on God to intercede and guide them through their illness, and in obtaining social support from other persons in their faith community. Half of the women reported that their cancer prompted an increased emphasis on religion and spirituality in their lives by deepening their faith in God. Almost all participants endorsed the belief that spiritual faith can help cancer patients to recuperate.”