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.
WOW, Am I Ever Angry!
by Gary McClain, PhD
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get angry. And there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, anger is a basic human emotion, like sadness or happiness. Certain situations evoke angry feelings by reminding us that life isn’t always fair, that it doesn’t always go the way we think it should. No one knows this better than someone who is living with cancer.
Life After “The News”
by Alexandra Gee, PsyD, and Teresa Deshields, PhD
So you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Your mind is flooded with questions, and waves of difficult emotions wash over you. Or maybe you’re feeling nothing at all, stricken with numbness or disbelief. The days following your diagnosis are a blur as you try to process the news and prepare for what’s to come. It’s difficult to think of anything other than cancer and what it means for your life.
Finding Comfort in the Midst of Fear
by Deborah Seagull, PhD
Many survivors worry about cancer recurrence every day, which isn’t surprising. A cancer diagnosis can rupture your sense of security. It seems to make no difference if your cancer is early or late stage, once you’ve been diagnosed with the disease, it can be difficult to control your fear.
Quiet, Please ...
by Elizabeth Lenegan, PhD
Bombarded – that’s the word survivors often use to describe what happens to you right after finding out you have cancer. You barely have time to absorb the shock of the diagnosis before you’re hit with complicated medical information and instructions, a calendar full of medical appointments, and a cascade of phone calls.
Be the Author of Your Story
by Rosemary E. Newnham
Ten years ago, I experienced some sudden, scary changes in my health. I went through nine months of doctor’s appointments and countless blood tests before I learned the cause of these changes. At first, I felt as if my life was orbiting out of control. Then I started writing about it. On the page, I emerged as a brave, truth-seeking warrior. No longer a scared, wounded victim, I was the author of my own life again.
Forgiveness Is within Your Reach
by Everett L. Worthington Jr., PhD
Sometimes we don’t know how to get past the hurt and grasp the freedom of forgiveness. Whether you need to forgive yourself or someone else, here are some things you can do to set yourself on the path to forgiveness.
The Grief and Mourning of Cancer
by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
I was riding my bike through the gorgeous mountains outside Aspen, CO. The day was bright and beautiful. The furthest thing from my mind was my recent biopsy, or anything else related to cancer, for that matter – but that was about to change. Just as I was rounding a slight bend on the bike trail, my phone rang. The woman on the other line didn’t mince her words: “I’m sorry to have to tell you this on the telephone, but your biopsy results came back. You have prostate cancer.”