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Embracing Survivorship

by Jolene Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C

It may surprise you to know that there are now 15.5 million can­cer survivors in this country. Needless to say, much has changed for cancer survivors in recent years. We have increasing knowledge about late and long-term effects of both cancer and its treatment. We even know more about how to prevent cancer recurrences and extend survivorship after treatment ends.

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Post-Traumatic Growth

by Pamela J. Ginsberg, PhD

Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most devastating and frightening experiences a person may ever face. Cancer can completely disrupt your life, sending you into a tailspin of fear, uncertainty, and loss of control. It will bring on a myriad of psychological and logistical challenges. And they all must be confronted at a time when you feel vulnerable and destabilized.

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You Can Choose What to Do
with Your Next Chapter.

by Beth A. Williams, CPC, ELI-MP

No matter where you are in your cancer journey, you can choose what the next chapter will look and feel like. The day I learned I had brain cancer changed my life.

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Say YES to Your New Possibilities after Cancer

by Caitlin Glenn, MSW

When you’re diagnosed with can­cer, your entire world is shaken. Your identity is altered, your priorities shift, and tremendous change occurs in almost every area of your life. These changes can be anxiety pro­voking and, at times, frightening. But somewhere in the midst of these un-certainties, something beautiful happens – a space for newness and fresh ideas opens up.

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Journaling through Cancer in the 21st Century

by Deborah Ludwig

Marni visited me in the hospital during one of my admissions for chemo in the spring of 2004. I was bemoaning the difficulty of responding to all the emails I’d received from people who’d reached out to inquire about my health. She suggested I start a blog. I could write whenever I felt like it, posting health updates and giving my family and friends one central place to go for information.

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Navigating the Journey after Cancer Treatment

by Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN

The end of cancer therapy is often a long awaited milestone that many cancer survivors joyously celebrate. However, your last day of treatment doesn’t signal the end of your cancer journey. No, the end of active therapy simply marks the start of a new voyage, one where you will traverse the uncharted path to survivor­ship. Here are some navigation tips to help you SURVIVE your first year after treatment.

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Live the Life You Love

by Wade Brill

Holy shit, I am a cancer survivor. Five years after my diagnosis, I am finally able to embrace those words.

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Adopting a New Normal after Cancer

by Kathleen McBeth, MA

After my doctor told me I had cancer, the rest of the visit was a blur. I was told that I would eventually discover a “new normal,” but this concept was lost on me. I just wanted to have my old normal back.

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