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Gain Control of Your Anxiety and Depression

by Maria Rueda-Lara, MD

A cancer diagnosis can cause enormous anxiety, sadness, and uncertainty about the future. These feelings are normal up to a certain point; however, when sadness and anxiety take hold and don’t go away, it can lead to depression or an anxiety disorder that requires professional help.

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Putting Stress in Its Place

by Bonnie A. McGregor, PhD

The diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from cancer is a continuum. When your doctor tells you that you’re cancer-free, there’s a sense of relief. However, even though the treatment is over, the emotional and physical recovery is only just beginning.

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High Places of the Heart

by Rev. Susan Sparks

I’ve done many crazy things in my life, but there are two that stick out: performing stand-up and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Both were intimidating. And both made me throw up. But there’s a third similarity (and this is the reason I attempted either of these crazy things): both comedy and Kilimanjaro provide high places – places that bring an entirely new sense of perspective.

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The After-Treatment Blahs

by Bob Riter

For many people, the months following cancer treatment are more difficult than the treatment itself. During treatment, your “job” is to be in treatment. You’re busy with appointments, and you see the same doctors and nurses almost every week. At the same time, friends bring you meals, family members take on extra duties, and you’re left to focus on getting better.

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Treating and Defeating Depression

by Caryl Fulcher, MSN, RN, CNS-BC

We have all heard the word depression, and each of us likely has our own definition of it. For some, it is a momentary feeling of more “down and blue” than usual or a mood caused by something frightening, like cancer. For others, it is a clinical condition that includes unwelcome changes in sleep and appetite, loss of interest in usual activities, poor ability to concentrate, forgetfulness, and sometimes feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.

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Caring for Your Mind and Body through Cancer

by Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, and Diana Sadtler, BS, CPT-NASM, CES

People making the journey through cancer treatment find that life changes in many ways. The road to recovery is different for everyone, but taking care of your mind and body is critical.

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Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

by Betsy Kohn, MA, PC, and Mary Fisher Bornstein, LISW-S

What does it mean to be grateful? Does living a life where you practice gratitude change your perspective? Do you notice any changes in your relationships with others or with yourself when you practice an attitude of gratitude? These questions often arise for those who focus on the concept of gratitude. For those on the cancer journey, these questions may surface both during and after treatment, as this is often a time of reflection and contemplation.

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The “Write” Way to Heal

by Pamela Post-Ferrante, MED, MFA, CAGS

When I experienced one diagnosis of cancer after another over the span of five years, my life looked like a disaster, especially with a divorce and lost home thrown into the mix. I might have gone under. Instead, writing saved me. It put the pieces of my life back together. It slowed me down and let me feel the joy of creating. Writing had always been at the helm, but this time it was healing me.

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