Lessons of a Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Survivor: Dr. Diva Nagula Explains Strategies for Health


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Aug 01 2020 35 mins   4
In 2014, physician Diva Nagula was surprised to face a startling diagnosis. His medical and personal journey is now a part of stage 4 lymphoma survivors' stories and he shares some of what he's learned post cancer treatment. He shares with listeners How he handled his diagnosis and cancer treatment, from a fight-or-flight response to anger; How he was able to find the spark again and claim a healthy place and lifestyle for himself; and How he advises patients to do the same for themselves. Dr. Diva Nagula is an author, physician, and stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. He adds his particular experience as a physician to other stage 4 lymphoma survivors' stories and now brings a different outlook to his own patients. He began his career as a board-certified osteopathic physician and has extensive knowledge and training in Integrative and Functional Medicine. He tells listeners the different phases of his diagnosis, from his first doctor visit to his waiting period before undergoing chemotherapy. He describes spiraling into a fight-or-flight mode at this time as well as an angry phase that left him alone and without social support. He transitions to his cancer treatment and eventually remission. But he adds that he then landed in a phase of depression. Though he was happy the cancer was in remission, it had been his only relationship and such a sharp point of focus for so long. After the treatments he found himself basically alone and asking "what's next?" He talks about how the "spark" eventually came back to him through a chance encounter with a previous trainer. He then describes his own lifestyle changes, from eating choices to exercise to mindfulness and spiritual practices. He's written a book about the experience and offers consultations for patients through his website. For more, see his website at fromdoctortopatient.com. Available on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/2Os0myK