Research thus far has been an amazing learning experience for me. I started off my journey by exploring various databases’ as well as my local public library, so that I could fully educate myself on the various types of traditional treatments. Gaining knowledge about the different types of traditional treatments was a great segue for me to further explore supplemental treatments and the impacts it has on Cancer patients. I’ve noticed that as I continue to do more research, I gain a stronger attachment and curiosity towards our topic. This constant growth of curiosity and excitement is what helps me generate more ideas towards each of our subtopics.
Searching through databases’ and books before conducting interviews has helped Mia and I form great questions to ask our interviewees. So far, each interview I’ve done has backed up the literature that I’ve found. I find it so interesting to see how personal experience overlaps with scholarly sources. Being able to compare and contrast our literary findings with personal experiences is one of the many things I love about this project. For example, I interviewed various Cancer patients and each of them practiced a different religion. I asked them questions about spirituality and how it plays a roll in their fight against Cancer. After meeting with each interviewee, I reflected on each conversation and it was interesting to see that although each person practices a different religion, they all turn to their faith to stay hopeful and maintain strength as they’re going through traditional treatment. Each person stated that Cancer doesn’t only effect the body physically but it also takes an emotional toll. Therefore, spirituality is a great supplemental treatment because it helps patients maintain the strength needed to keep on powering through their treatment.
Whenever I schedule an interview with someone, I get so excited to hear their story. Being able to incorporate their experience to be a part our research feels like such an honor. This journey of exploring the perceived impacts of supplemental treatments for Cancer patients has allowed me to develop even stronger problem solving, organizational and communication skills which are important professional and life skills to have. I could proudly say that the research I’ve done thus far has given me a whole new perspective on life and I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I’m eager to dive even deeper into the research for our topic. My overall goal is to learn as much as I can so that I could share my knowledge and make a positive impact on the lives of many.