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The Daily Zoo

by Chris Ayers

When I started drawing an animal a day in 2006 on the one-year anniversary of my April 1st leukemia diagnosis (that’s right, I was told that I had cancer on April Fools’ Day!), I certainly had no idea that I would still be adding to this collection over three thousand days later. In fact, at that time, I wasn’t sure whether I would still be alive nine years later.

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The Aftermath of Cancer

by Val Jones

Four years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did my best to muddle through treatment – mostly clinging to the notion that it would all be over soon and I’d finally be able to put it behind me. However, the “end” I so fervently awaited never actually came.

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Surviving the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer

by John Leifer, with Lori Lindstrom Leifer, MD

For many people with cancer, the emotional roller coaster that began at the time of diagnosis may con­tinue well into treatment. It’s hard to imagine not feeling distressed when facing a life-altering disease. However, emotional distress often goes unaddressed during the early stages of diagnosis and treatment – a time when, ironically, intervention may be most beneficial.

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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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The Ten Commandments

by William Penzer, PhD

 

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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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