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Emotional Support


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Express Yourself
Tools for Communicating Your Needs and Emotions after a Cancer Diagnosis

by Julie Larson, LCSW

A cancer diagnosis can change how you seek support from others. You may look to close friends for lighthearted distraction, or unwavering reassurance, in stressful moments. Supportive family members can be integral in helping you make difficult decisions. And sympathetic colleagues can make profound differ­ences in your transition back to work. However, all too often, relationships become complicated and fraught with hurtful misunderstanding when some­one is diagnosed with cancer.

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Nourishing Your Emotional Health
during Breast Cancer

by Linda M. Sutton, MD, and Donette W. Vicente, MD

There’s no doubt about it; a cancer diagnosis – of any kind – has a way of challenging your emo­tional well-being. For breast cancer survivors, in particular, the emotional journey can feel like a roller coaster, with many expected highs and lows, as well as unexpected twists and turns.

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by Sharon Roth-Lichtenfeld, CPC, PPC, ELI-MP, Paula Holland De Long, ACC, CPCC, and Tambre Leighn, MA, PCC, ELI-MP

Everyone experiences it. Some people fear it, desperately seek­ing to get out of it quickly. Others wrap it around themselves and sink deeply into it, sometimes for years. It’s more than just a feeling – it’s a process. It is grief. Grief is the conflicting feelings and inner turmoil caused by the end of – or change in – something. Many people have this notion that they can avoid grief. But, guess what? You can’t. It’s part of the human experience.

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