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.
Be the Author of Your Story
by Rosemary E. Newnham
Ten years ago, I experienced some sudden, scary changes in my health. I went through nine months of doctor’s appointments and countless blood tests before I learned the cause of these changes. At first, I felt as if my life was orbiting out of control. Then I started writing about it. On the page, I emerged as a brave, truth-seeking warrior. No longer a scared, wounded victim, I was the author of my own life again.
Forgiveness Is within Your Reach
by Everett L. Worthington Jr., PhD
Sometimes we don’t know how to get past the hurt and grasp the freedom of forgiveness. Whether you need to forgive yourself or someone else, here are some things you can do to set yourself on the path to forgiveness.
The Grief and Mourning of Cancer
by Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD
I was riding my bike through the gorgeous mountains outside Aspen, CO. The day was bright and beautiful. The furthest thing from my mind was my recent biopsy, or anything else related to cancer, for that matter – but that was about to change. Just as I was rounding a slight bend on the bike trail, my phone rang. The woman on the other line didn’t mince her words: “I’m sorry to have to tell you this on the telephone, but your biopsy results came back. You have prostate cancer.”
Getting the Psychosocial Support You Need to Get through Cancer
by Nancy W. Fawzy, RN, DNSc
Cancer is not just life-threatening; it is also life-altering. Cancer and its lifesaving treatments often cause psychosocial issues that last long after cancer treatment has ended. Dealing with these psychosocial issues can be tricky. They affect people differently, depending on age and health status. They also may change or evolve as you journey through diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.
Steps toward Rebuilding a Positive Sense of Self after Cancer
by William Penzer, PhD
In an ideal world, after your last cancer treatment your doctor would offer an infusion of self-esteem, a magic potion to plug the holes in your self-image left behind from your journey through Cancerville and replenish your reserves of self-confidence. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. If cancer has left your self-esteem in shambles, the task of reclaiming a healthy sense of self will be a unique challenge – but it’s definitely a doable one.
Leaving Fear and Uncertainty Behind
by Merle H. Mishel, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Barbara B. Germino, PhD, RN, FAAN
Everyone experiences feelings of uncertainty now and then. But as a cancer survivor, you may find yourself wrestling with a unique type of uncertainty – the possibility of cancer recurrence. This fear of your cancer returning can linger long after treatment ends.
Write Your Way through Cancer
by David Tabatsky
Expressive writing can be a wonderful tool for clarifying your thoughts, relieving stress, and improving communication skills. Each of these benefits alone is a great reason to write. Who can argue against clearing up the haze of our daily overload of information, stimulation, and trepidation? Who can object to writing their way to relaxation? Who can rail against the benefits of better communication?