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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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Five Things You Should Be Sure to Tell Your Kids about Cancer (So It’s Less Scary)

by Beverlye Hyman Fead

Giving your children clear, honest information from the start will ease some of their anxieties and help them feel less afraid. Here are five important things to tell the children in your life about your cancer.

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Five Simple Rules for Talking About Cancer

by Mary Beth Hall

After experiencing many times when telling someone about my breast cancer diagnosis and the person immediately telling me all of their problems in great detail, turning me into the counselor again and again, I wondered what was happening. Why were people putting me in this position when I was already tired from the cancer and the shock? It was completely wearing me out.

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When a Parent Has Cancer

by Paula K. Rauch, MD

Experts consider open parent-child communication the most effective means for supporting a child whose parent has cancer. It is understandably upsetting to children and teenagers to learn about a parent’s cancer diagnosis, but open dialogue about diagnosis, treatment, and the effect cancer will have on the family dynamic is essential. Quality communication can be the difference between a parent’s cancer simply being challenging for a child or it becoming traumatic.

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