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Coping with Cancer: Survivors Speak Out
On Coping’s 30th Anniversary, Survivors Share Knowledge, Hope, and Inspiration

With this anniversary issue, Coping with Cancer showcases some of the memorable quotes by cancer survivors who have been featured in our pages.

So whether you’re a Coping reader, writer, or advertiser, take a moment to congratulate yourself. You’ve helped make 30 years of service a reality for Coping with Cancer magazine.

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When Words Heal
Writing Your Cancer Story

Fifteen years ago, numb from treat­ment for early-stage breast cancer, I signed up for a weeklong writing workshop at the urging of a friend. While I looked forward to it, I had mixed emo­tions, and on the first day, I entered the classroom full of doubt and anxiety.

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The Language of Commitment
What Being There Really Means

In times of illness, we of­ten need to depend on the help of others, and rely on them to follow through. But when someone backs out at the last minute or breaks a promise, even for understand­able reasons, we are left worried, stranded, or vulnerable.

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Ways to Help Your Child Cope with Cancer in the Family

The diagnosis of cancer is often unexpected and daunting. How­ever, many survivors and their families come to find a source of strength in the community they come to know, a sense of support in the guidance they receive, and a feeling of empowerment in the strides and discoveries made every day. These connections can be helpful not only to adults but to children as well. It is up to you to foster these connections with your child when someone in the family is diagnosed with cancer.

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Depression
The Unwelcome Guest

When people think about the side effects of cancer treat­ment, physical effects like fatigue, hair loss, and nausea and vomiting are often what come to mind. However, cancer survivors are at risk of developing another rarely discussed, and far less visible, side-effect – depression. This unwelcome, and often unexpected, guest can even affect people who may normally have healthy coping skills.

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Cook for Your Life
When you have cancer, cooking isn’t just about healthy eating.

I love to cook, and I live to eat. Two cancer diagnoses couldn’t put a dent in that, but they did get me thinking about food. When you have cancer, cooking isn’t just about healthy eating; it is also about feelings, both physical and men­tal.

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Take a Hike
The unexpected advice that helped me learn how to live after cancer

by Patti McCarthy

In September 2012, I was on top of life. My husband and I cel­ebrated 25 years of marriage. Our three kids were in college, all doing well. I was awarded a top honor at my job. I couldn’t have been happier, more successful, or healthier. Then on October 4, I got the call: “Patti, you have invasive breast cancer.”

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