The Ten Commandments
by William Penzer, PhD
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.
Writing Your Cancer Journey
by Ali Zidel Meyers, MSW
The cancer center feels more like a modern art museum than a hospital. Hardwood floors bathed in natural light and a piano player greet me at the entryway. If not for the thin, bald cancer survivors ambling amid the ubiquitous scent of sanitizer, I could easily forget where I am.
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.
Manage Your Stress with Meditation
by Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, and Kira Taniguchi, MA
These days, mindfulness is in. The hot topic even made the cover of Time magazine’s February 3, 2014, issue, and since then, more and more experts have been weighing in on the purported benefits of this practice.
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.