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.
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.
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.
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.
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.