David Victorson on The Importance of Nature and Mindfulness in Post Cancer Treatment


It can take young adult cancer survivors a decade to get back into life after treatment. David Victorson is the founder of True North Treks (TNT). He, along with the team at TNT want to help young adults reconnect not only with themselves but also with nature after the most unnatural of treatments. 

Three things are left out of the healthcare equation when it comes to cancer treatment: 

  • Connecting to nature after the unnatural experience of cancer treatment
  • Connecting to other people who have experienced the same
  • Help people get to know themselves again through meditation and mindfulness practice

At True North Treks, they take kids into the outdoors and keep them safe, dry, warm, and well-fed and connect them with others, drop in some mindful training, and not be too support group like. 

David is an associate professor at the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is licensed in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. One area of his research focuses on the health benefits of mindfulness meditation and yoga and their stress reducing and quality of life enhancing effects for people with cancer.

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The following was referenced in the podcast and was written by his grandmother shortly after she lost her son. 

Forest Cathedral

By Delilah Victorson

Oh how I love to walk out in the woods
In it's calm and still beauty I have long understood
As I look at the wonders our creator has made
All the hustle and bustle of this world seems to fade
Down in the meadow you hear the call of a lark
While high on the hill some deer feed on bark
There's winter green berries and wild onion shoots
An abundance of flowers and trailing green roots
Now if you go in the forest with the world you're off key
And you're quiet and still and you sit and you see
Here you know of God's love and you know by his grace
Of all worldly issues, you're able to face

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