Meditating My Way through Treatment
by Janis L. Silverman, MA
When I learned that I had breast cancer, it felt like a blow to the gut, and to the heart. I was navigating uncharted waters – new doctors, unfamiliar medical terms, so many appointments. It was a lot to digest, but I was determined to remain positive. I had been using guided imagery meditation for years before my diagnosis. But when I searched for meditations specific to my thoughts and feelings about breast cancer, I found nothing.
You Can Move Past Mood and Anxiety Disorders
by Isabel Schuermeyer, MD
The first step to overcoming mood and anxiety disorders after a cancer diagnosis is to recognize them. Mood and anxiety disorders are very common among people with cancer, even for those who never experienced these types of issues prior to their cancer diagnosis. Many factors can play into the development of these disorders, including the stress of the illness, the cancer itself, and its treatment. Those without strong social support systems are at higher risk of developing mood and anxiety disorders.
A Special Message of Encouragement for Men
by Chris Frey, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
As I move through the world of aftercare, cancer prevention, and cancer research, I am amazed and impressed by the organized presence of breast cancer survivors. I have asked myself how this particular group of fellow travelers has created such a powerful voice amongst the multitude of survivors.
Hitting a New Note in Cancer Care Support
by Leanne Flask
Well before Larry Carter received his lung cancer diagnosis, he had already witnessed the role therapeutic music can play in healing the body, mind, and spirit. Larry, activity director for the Victoria Nursing & Rehab Center in Victoria, TX, with 86 people in his care, was an early adopter of therapeutic music delivered through web-enabled devices. He’s seen people connect and light up with old memories, relax and be comforted by the music, and even be inspired to get up and start dancing around the room.
3 Steps toward Survivorship
Incorporating just three easy steps into a daily routine can increase a person with cancer’s chance at survival, according to a physician who specializes in cancer survivorship.
How to Find Joy in Your Life
by Patrick R. Harrison, MA, Jennifer L. Smith, MA, and Fred B. Bryant, PhD
From making sense of complex medical information and navigating the dizzying array of treatment options to managing stress and struggling with worry, the host of challenges brought on by cancer is enough to tax even the most resilient person. Clearly, there’s much to be gained from finding useful ways to handle the adversity that a cancer diagnosis often brings.
by Caroline Peterson, ATR-BC, LPC
For those who have lived it, no words can fully convey what it feels like to receive the diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening illness. That is why many people diagnosed with cancer have turned to art therapy to explore their experience beyond the realm of words. This process often leads to a greater clarity about their own feelings. And understanding your emotions is essential for living well.
Don’t Dismiss Your Distress
by Michelle Riba, MD, MS
For all the physical side effects that cancer can impose on the body, its psychological toll is often just as distressing. Though it’s not as frequently and openly discussed. Potential triggers for depression and anxiety lurk throughout the cancer journey, from the stress surrounding diagnosis to the physical and mental demands of treatment to the persistent uncertainties that accompany the possibility of recurrence.