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12 Tips for Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

by Kaylene Chadwell

For most, the holiday season is a wonderful time of year, filled with cherished traditions and time spent with loved ones. However, when you’re dealing with cancer, the holiday hubbub can become exhausting and stressful. While there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate, here are 12 tips to help you have a joyful, stress-free holiday season.

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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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I Survived Cancer

by Kimarie Knowles, LCSW-R

Survivor guilt is common among survivors of traumatic events – such as war, natural disasters, epidemics, and illnesses like cancer. Survivor guilt is a deep sense of guilt felt by people who have survived an experience that others did not.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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