Today it is World Cancer Day.
In Muscat daily, one can read, that according to the WHO (World Health Organization) in 2030 the cancer rate in the region could be doubled.
In the article ‘Cancer’s other impacts’ two specialists talk about the psychological journey of patients, their families, caregivers and the prevailing attitudes in Oman towards the illness. One can read that Psychologist and psychotherapist Dr Nishat Shams, who works at the Ministry of Health and volunteers at the Oman Cancer Association (OCA) says that the first and most common emotion of patients is denial. Next is uncertainty. The third stage is depression. The next stage is anger – they may have been completely healthy, or been fervently religious….. Uncertainties bring anxiety, as the immediate thought is of death. Acceptance comes late, which depends upon the coping skills of the patient – through family support or spiritual comfort. This cycle is called grief period in terms of psychology and mental health. This is a universal cycle of reaction regardless of the type of cancer.
Also the four women, Sayyid Mithal, Mina, Racha and Raya…. who testified about the way how they discovered and how they try to live with the knowledge of their cancer published in ‘Whispers of Oman,’ went through this cycle. To help other women and men they all became volunteer in the OCA, Oman Cancer Association founded in 2004 by Honorable Yuthar Al-Rahawy, a fourth time cancer survivor.
To read their full story for more awareness, ‘Whispers of Oman’ is available in Al Batra bookshops Muscat and Salalah and in Family bookshop Muscat.