A cancer sufferer from the south-west of Queensland has made the decision to become a “mindful-care provider” after discovering a connection to mindfulness meditation.
A former nurse, Jessica Campbell was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013.
She spent six months in a mental health hospital in Queensland before she was moved to Brisbane’s Westmead Community Hospital in 2015.
“I had been suffering from depression and anxiety for a long time,” Ms Campbell told News.org.au.
The 36-year-old said she was diagnosed at a young age with a range of mental health conditions.
When she was 12 years old, her mother died of cancer, leaving her in a state of emotional upheaval.
Ms Campbell, who now works as a receptionist, said she began studying mindfulness and meditation to help her cope with her emotions.
“[It] helped me deal with my sadness, but also with the anxiety and depression that came with it,” she said.
Over time, Ms Campbell said she felt more comfortable in her environment, even travelling to work.
In the early days of mindfulness meditation, she said she would take a break from her work and go to a quiet place.
After learning the practice, she says she became more aware of the mental health issues her mother had been dealing with.
It helped her cope and become more mindful about her health, she added.
During a visit to the hospital in 2015, Ms Padgett noticed her daughter’s mood had improved, and was surprised to see that she had stopped smoking.
Her daughter had been smoking for six months, she explained.
Within a few weeks, she had quit the habit entirely.
Later that year, Ms Mitchell found out that Ms Campbell had recently moved back to her hometown of Townsville.
Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping other people with mental health problems.
Mr Padgetth told Newsorg.AU Ms Campbell has since started a new job at a mental illness centre, and she is now working with the Queensland Mental Health Alliance to help people who have been diagnosed with mental illness.