Emotional Support

 

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Steps toward Rebuilding a Positive Sense of Self after Cancer

by William Penzer, PhD

In an ideal world, after your last cancer treatment your doctor would offer an infusion of self-esteem, a magic potion to plug the holes in your self-image left behind from your journey through Cancerville and replenish your reserves of self-confidence. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. If cancer has left your self-esteem in shambles, the task of reclaiming a healthy sense of self will be a unique chal­lenge – but it’s definitely a doable one.

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Leaving Fear and Uncertainty Behind

by Merle H. Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Barbara B. Germino, PhD, RN, FAAN

Everyone experiences feelings of uncertainty now and then. But as a cancer survivor, you may find yourself wrestling with a unique type of uncertainty – the possibility of cancer recurrence. This fear of your cancer returning can linger long after treat­ment ends.

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Write Your Way through Cancer

by David Tabatsky

Expressive writing can be a wonder­ful tool for clarifying your thoughts, relieving stress, and improving communication skills. Each of these benefits alone is a great reason to write. Who can argue against clearing up the haze of our daily overload of informa­tion, stimulation, and trepidation? Who can object to writing their way to relax­ation? Who can rail against the benefits of better communication?

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