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The Sound of Healing

by Lisa M. Gallagher, MA, MT-BC

The treatments for cancer are often long, uncomfortable, tiring, and boring. But they don’t necessarily have to be. There are things that can help you get through it. Music therapy is one of them.

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Holding on to Hope

by Clare Butt, RN, PhD

Hope. This one little word can hold great meaning, especially for cancer survivors. Though holding on to hope after a cancer diag­nosis can sometimes be challenging, many survivors find their hope grows through the experience.

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The Role of Ritual in Celebration and Healing after Cancer

by Richard Dickens, MS, LCSW-R

Hearing three dreaded words – you have cancer – is the shared experience connecting all can- cer survivors. The myriad treatments, thoughts, and feelings that follow, however, are unique to each individual, changing often and giving meaning to the common metaphor of cancer as a roller-coaster.

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Stop Keeping Up (and Down) with the Joneses

by Andrew J. Roth, MD

It’s easy to compare yourself to men who look healthier than you and wonder if you will have their good luck. You may make negative self-comparisons with others who look stronger and healthier and wonder, How come my luck was not as good? It is even more unsettling to see someone who looks more ill than you and wonder if that is the road you will be heading down, and when.

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Creating a Cancer Legacy Project

by Paulette Kouffman Sherman, PsyD

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized that my life might end up being shorter than I had originally thought. And it became the push I needed to accomplish my dream of leaving behind a legacy of books.

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After Cancer, Looking Forward Gratefully

by Amy Lynn Dee, EdD

How did this happen to me? I fol­lowed all the rules, consumed healthy food, exercised regularly, got routine check-ups, went to church, volunteered, and generally felt vigor­ous and well. Still, cancer marched in and made itself a home in my lym­phatic system.

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Take Control of Worry

by Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, CST, and Drucilla Brethwaite, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Lauren, a devoted mom of two young children, committed part­ner, competent professional, diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, arrived in the office pleading, “I don’t want to feel like this anymore. This worry is taking too much of my time.” When faced with a cancer diagnosis, even the most resilient individuals can find themselves experiencing strong emotions resulting from distressing thoughts unlike any they have ever experienced before.

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How Walking a Labyrinth Helped Me to Heal after Cancer

by Robin B. Dilley, PhD

As a breast cancer survivor, I found the end of treatment to be absolutely terrifying.I needed something to help me cope with the emotions I was experiencing in the wake of cancer. It just so happened that as my treatment ended, a beautiful labyrinth was permanently installed in downtown Phoenix, AZ, near where I live.

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