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Insights Into Cancer: “It Could Be Worse”— A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme?
Date: 11/18/2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level Room B130
757 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California 90095

SimmsMann CenterOnce a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions. 

November 18, 2014
“It Could Be Worse”— A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme?

Michael Eselun, certified inter-faith chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology explores a common coping strategy used throughout the larger circles of life, but especially within the world of cancer, by both patients and caregivers alike—“it could be worse.” Embracing that frame of mind is often presumed to snap those struggling back into “an attitude of gratitude,” so the burden doesn’t seem so heavy. As one contemplates the universe or even one’s understanding of God, “it could be worse” might seem to balance out one’s perception of the scales of justice and fairness. But what are the implications? What does it say about our view of suffering and the suffering of others? What is the cost of clinging to “it could be worse,” as a way of getting through our challenges?

Michael Eselun, certified inter-faith chaplain, serves as the chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. He recently hosted and presented at the first Spirituality and Medicine Conference at UCLA to an interfaith group of community religious leaders. He’s been invited many times to speak to students, doctors, nurses, social workers, and faith communities about his work as a chaplain and the spiritual dimension of the cancer experience.


Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

UCLA parking is $12 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.