Cancer doesn’t just affect a person physically.
It affects many aspects within their life – self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, ability to work, relationships with family, and the list continues.
This is why Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC), along with the rest of the hospitals and cancer care centers within Cone Health network, offer support services and programs to help cancer patients cope with their diagnosis and promote overall wellbeing.
A cancer diagnosis can raise many questions of a spiritual nature for the patient.
Spirituality is about understanding one’s interrelatedness to self, family, friends, work, the community, the world and to the divine, as these give meaning and purpose to one’s life. A cancer diagnosis can impact one or all of these.
Chaplains are available to assist cancer patients in exploring and coping with the spiritual disruptions created by their diagnosis, and, discovering how to use their spiritual tools and support system to cope with their illness.
Along with 24/7 chaplain services, ARMC offers complimentary, one-on-one counseling sessions with a licensed therapist.
A therapist can work with cancer patients to address their emotions surrounding the diagnosis, as well as address any underlying behavioral health issues, such as depression or anxiety.
Healing Touch is another form of therapy offered by ARMC’s Pastoral Care & Counseling Center.
Healing Touch is an energy-based intervention that helps balance an individual’s energy fields, in turn promoting well-being and reducing levels of pain, anxiety and fatigue.
Reverend Jackie Allen is the director of the Pastoral Care & Counseling Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Allen received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1981, and received a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1986. She completed her clinical pastoral education residency at UNC Hospitals in 1987.