S1: E6 Where Spirit and Body Meet: Spirituality and Chronic Illness

Spirituality, faith, community: whatever you call it, Kelly and Sarah cover it. In The Unchosen Fork’s first guest episode, Kelly and Sarah tackle the big questions with one of their spiritual gurus, Megan Swett.

As a future priest, Megan discusses the many sides of spirituality, how her own Unchosen Fork influenced her faith and how chronic illness can deepen the understanding of community. And, no surprise to anyone, Sarah needs the tissues again.

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Spirituality and Chronic Illness

Kerstin Stieber Roger & Andrew Hatala (2018) Religion, spirituality & chronic illness: A scoping review and implications for health care practitioners, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 37:1, 24-44, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2017.1386151

Jimenez-Fonseca, P., Lorenzo-Seva, U., Ferrando, P.J. et al. The mediating role of spirituality (meaning, peace, faith) between psychological distress and mental adjustment in cancer patients. Support Care Cancer 26, 1411–1418 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-017-3969-0

Kamijo, Y, Miyamura, T. Spirituality and associated factors among cancer patients undergoing chemotherapyJpn J Nurs Sci. 2020; 17:e12276. https://doi.org/10.1111/jjns.12276

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Turner, Kelly A. Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer against All Odds. First edition. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2014.

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