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Finding Comfort in the Midst of Fear

by Deborah Seagull, PhD

Many survivors worry about can­cer recurrence every day, which isn’t sur­prising. A cancer diagnosis can rupture your sense of security. It seems to make no difference if your can­cer is early or late stage, once you’ve been diag­nosed with the disease, it can be difficult to control your fear.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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