Emory-Tibet Partnership’s website defines CBCT as a “…training that deliberately and systematically works to cultivate compassion… [O]ne gains insight into how one’s attitudes and behaviors support or hinder compassionate response […] It also helps increase personal resiliency by grounding one in realistic expectations of self and others.” Through his own compassion training, Dr. Fernandez-Carriba learned how to persevere through this difficult time and his depression began to fade; he was determined to not let his cancer define him.
A year ago, Dr. Fernandez-Carriba’s cancer returned. Instead of slipping back into a depressive state, he used his CBCT skills to see life in a positive light. He tells himself that “life can get more difficult, but it does not mean it will get worse.” And he continues to live his life, regardless of his diagnosis. He uses his story in order to help others: to help his patients and their families. He uses his health narrative to show others that meditation is a powerful tool that can reduce stress and improves the lives of many.