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Keeping Up Appearances

by Terri Tate, RN, MS

Where I come from, looking good was all that mattered. In Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in the 1950s, what you wore to church on Sunday was more important than how you behaved during the week. My mother never tired of telling me that girls like me needed to “do the most with what they had.” Looking back, I can see that I was a pretty child, but at the time I couldn’t see beyond my freckles and slight chubbiness.

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I’ve Just Been Diagnosed with Cancer.
Now What?

by Sarah Rosenbloom, PhD

A diagnosis of any type of cancer can be shocking and devastat­ing, even if it is treatable or curable. When you first learn you have cancer, you may feel as if your life is out of control. You may wonder if you’re going to live, your normal routine is disrupted by doctor visits and treat­ments, you may feel like you can’t do the things you enjoy, and you can feel helpless and lonely.

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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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