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Burst Out of the Dead Land by the Help of Spirituality: A Case Study of Living with Blindness and Cancer

(2017) Burst Out of the Dead Land by the Help of Spirituality: A Case Study of Living with Blindness and Cancer. Journal of Religion & Health. pp. 896-906. ISSN 0022-4197

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Abstract

Blindness is one of the most complex problems related to health throughout the world. The condition is worse when such stress is accompanied with cancer. The aim of this case study was to introduce a patient with both these conditions who could come over her problems well. A phenomenological hermeneutic approach influenced by Ricoeur was used to explore the experience of the patient. Data were collected through unstructured and deep interview and by checking patient medical records. The patient is an Iranian 58-year-old teacher residing in Kerman who became blind at age 32 due to bloodshed inside the eye and was affected by breast cancer at age 52. The patient could come over these divine tests through the help of spirituality so that she believed blindness and cancer was the best events in her life. Spirituality is one of the human aspects that give meaning and purposes to life. Health care providers are suggested to implement spiritual strategies such as instructional workshops for increasing spirituality in settings, such as oncologic wards for patients to pass stages of adaptation to such great stresses easily and rapidly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Blindness Cancer Spirituality Religion posttraumatic growth breast-cancer physical health adjustment impairment survivors iran Public, Environmental & Occupational Health Religion
Page Range: pp. 896-906
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religion & Health
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 56
Number: 3
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0284-x
ISSN: 0022-4197
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.rums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4382

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