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Emotional Support

 

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Our minds have the unique ability to allow us to journey to pleasant places without leaving our homes.

Tools for Coping with Stress
When You or a Loved One Has Cancer

by William Penzer, PhD

Let me be blunt. I am seventy-three-and-a-half years old. In 2005, when my 31-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, I came undone. I was flooded with stress and anxiety for the better part of a year. The aftershocks lasted a couple more. And I am a skilled psychologist who is used to helping people through difficult journeys. It was undeniably the very worst experi­ence of my life.

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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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