Cancer: Restringing the Beads of Our Own Story
Presented by Michael Eselun, BCC
About the Lecture
Michael Eselun, BCC, certified inter-faith chaplain for the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology will explore the power implicit in our own stories—the journey of our lives. That power that lies within our stories can help us explain us to ourselves and others, it can even sustain us… or it can sometimes haunt us. Either way, a diagnosis of cancer not only adds a new chapter to the story of our lives but it can sometimes insist that we reinterpret a previous chapter or two. How we interpret those stories can even help us to make spiritual sense of our lives… how do those stories intersect with our beliefs about any larger truth or reality? We might think the meaning of our story is fixed and unchanging or we might be surprised by what we find when we revisit it yet again.
About the Speaker
Michael Eselun, BCC, certified inter-faith chaplain, serves as the chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. He recently hosted and presented at the first Spirituality and Medicine Conference at UCLA to an interfaith group of community religious leaders. He’s been invited many times to speak to students, doctors, nurses, social workers, and faith communities about his work as a chaplain and the spiritual dimension of the cancer experience.