The Sacred Body is the memoir of Mavis Himes, a psychoanalyst working in the field of supportive cancer care. As a psychologist and analyst, she became fascinated with the conscious and unconscious meanings of cancer in people's lives, and soon realized that her medical autobiography and her professional training were directly linked.
The Sacred Body is the story of a therapist's journey through cancer. It is a head-on reckoning with illness, death, and dying; alternative medicines and radical treatments; the causes of cancer and their implications for cure or healing; and the meaning of suffering, religion, and the spirit in everyday life.
Told with uncommon power and compassion, The Sacred Body is also about the hope that arises out of suffering, the strength that can be found in the midst of pain, and the power that the human spirit has to overcome the most heart-rending events. At its core, it is the story of one woman's search for meaning ad understanding of these issues.