Internship… Internship… Internship… Following is the letter I was asked to write addressing my interest in working with the Support Group Sessions for Cancer Patients.
I am hoping that through my experience as an intern, my graduation project would be able of introducing a glimpse of a different perception to “death”. This will be achieved through a disease that is normally correlated to death. However, any other chronic and death-leading condition may be included to the equation.
To whom this may concern,
The fragility of our existence in this world has constantly been one of my interests as an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. The diversity of this fragility, in all its forms, from the love of being to the fear of death and detachment has inspired me to explore more about the human existence and mind.
I am engaged in research that may not belong to the professional world of scientific discoveries, but to the personal zone of growth, understanding and insight. One of the phenomena constantly related to death and existence is Cancer, a medical condition classified by a class of diseases characterized by out-of-control abnormal cell growth.
Cancer has always been, specially recently, the concern of so many elderly and nowadays, the younger generations. Many preventions and techniques have been implemented to avoid and prevent this outrageous monster. I have also witnessed a number of people directly going into chemotherapy to treat what is known to be a medical and biological condition, however, ignoring the psychological wellbeing of the patient. Moreover, the stressful environments that in many ways have set the foundation to the growth of uncontrollable abnormal cell.
I constantly wonder if chemotherapy is actually a cure or a silent treatment? Whether it should be replaced with support group sessions, music, play therapy and time spent with loved ones? Or whether these elements should go hand in hand with the chemotherapy as a medical intervention?
“Death as a form of creation” is also what captures my attention. Cancer is perhaps significantly feared because it is highly correlated with the concept of death, loss of a loved one or detachment. From this point on, through a transformation in the natural state of death and through the direct observations and research recollections, through which I hope to gain from my experience with cancer patients in Support Groups, I wish to take this opportunity of the coming three months of internship to enhance my humble understanding of the phenomenon, advance in future projects from there on, in addition to contributing what may be helpful and supportive to the area.