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Cancer Through a Child’s Eyes

by Maryann Makekau

When a woman is diagnosed with cancer, it has a powerful ripple effect on all those who know and love her. Hearing those dreaded words, “you have cancer,” conjures up thoughts and emotions that can be paralyzing. Sharing the news with others can be even more debilitating, especially when you haven’t even had the chance to swallow it yourself!

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Supporting Your Partner Through Cancer

Many couples today face the challenge of battling cancer together. “Cancer not only affects those diagnosed, but also the partners who love and care for them,” says Robert Miller, MD, radiation oncologist at Wellspring Oncology in Pinellas Park, FL. “Thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer every day, and thousands more step into a new supportive role.”

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Safeguard Your Family Tree by Creating a Family Medical History

by Catherine Credeur, GSW, OSW-C

Cancer survivors often wonder whether their family members will also experience cancer. I have asked this question myself as a member of a family that has a long can­cer history. I also hear this concern from survivors in my role as an oncology social worker. The good news is there are things you can do as a survivor to protect your family.

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We Really Need to Talk

by Paul J. Donoghue, PhD, and Mary E. Siegel, PhD

Whether you have cancer or love someone who does, you need to talk. You have to voice your feelings of fear, discouragement, and anger, as well as feelings of relief, appreciation, and concern. When you don’t allow yourself to let out what roils inside your heart and in your brain, you isolate yourself, and you permit feelings and thoughts to overwhelm and depress you.

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A Little Help from Your Friends

by Pat Godfrey McRee

Strong, invincible women get through breast cancer with a little help from their strong, invincible friends. The friends who show up to do something, even when the only time they hear your voice for weeks is on that answering machine!

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Camp Kesem

by Camp Kesem staff

On the surface, Camp Kesem looks like any overnight summer camp – days filled with skits, songs, sports, and tie-dying t-shirts. But the camp, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, week-long overnight camps for children who have a parent who’s been diagnosed with cancer, is anything but typical.

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What You Can Do for a Friend with Cancer

by Denise Hazen

Finding out that a friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. For most of us, our first response is to make a chicken casserole or to offer, “Call me if you need anything.” These are both kind gestures, but what your loved one really needs is for you to take action.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

by Melissa Donahue, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CST

Sex is normal human behavior; however, it can be an intimidating topic to discuss with your doctor. It is important to remember that we are all sexual beings whether we are with a partner or alone.

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