Emotional Support

 

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Listen to music, dance, laugh, meet a friend for coffee. Participating in activities that promote positive emotions will help limit the perception that cancer is taking over your life.

Take Control of Worry

by Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, CST, and Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Lauren, a devoted mom of two young children, committed part­ner, competent professional, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, arrived in the office pleading, “I don’t want to feel like this anymore. This worry is taking too much of my time.” When faced with a cancer diagnosis, even the most resilient individuals can find themselves experiencing strong emotions resulting from distressing thoughts unlike any they have ever experienced before.

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Top 5 Journaling Myths Busted!

by Sharon K. Swanson, MFA, MPA

As a writer working in a hospital, I have seen first-­hand how intimidating a cancer survivor’s list of “shoulds” can be. That’s why I prefer to offer journal­ing as a comfort or a distraction during and after cancer treatment, not as one more thing you “should” be doing as a cancer survivor.

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The Aftermath of Cancer

by Val Jones

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did my best to muddle through treatment – mostly clinging to the notion that it would all be over soon and I’d finally be able to put it behind me. However, the “end” I so fervently awaited never actually came.

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