In memory of my mother, Marion Haddow Catto, who taught me the meaning of human rights and personal dignity. To the six people interviewed for this book whose courage, struggle, and honesty are a source of inspiration and to all my clients who continue to teach me by sharing their mystery, agony, and beauty.
I work as a psychotherapist in Toronto, Ontario, and during the past few years, I have been seeing many clients with psychogenic illness-illness manifested by physical symptoms, but thought to originate in the mind, in emotional or psychological conflict.
Preface: This book is about life renewal: a dynamic, inner change that affects one's quality and style of living as well as one's physical health.
Introduction: The theory that psychological factors influence the etiology and course of human cancer dates back at least to the time of Galen in A.D. 200.
The search for health, the search for life, the discovery of the changes we need to make in order to live are all based on a faith inspired by the beauty and wonder of and reverence for nature, life, and spirit.