Cancer & Depression
by Edward Leigh, MA
Cancer and depression – those two words seem to belong together. Wouldn’t everyone be depressed if they were diagnosed with cancer? Is being depressed considered “normal” after receiving the diagnosis? Of course, people feel a variety of emotions after a diagnosis, but when is depression considered a “goes with the territory” reaction versus one that requires treatment?
The You Beyond Fear
by Audrey L. Vitolins, MSW
Feeling in control is one of the main issues for cancer survivors. And there are ways to be in control during and after treatment. Worrying, although understandable, isn’t one of them. Interestingly, worry is only a perceived sense of control and has not ever, and will not ever, prevent or change outcomes. I say “interestingly” because most of my clients spend at least 90 percent of their brainpower worrying – with not one satisfying result.
Finding Hope and Healing in Cyberspace
by Sigourney Cheek
A year of cancer and chemo is wrenching. Yet, from another angle, my struggle was exhilarating on every level.
Any cancer survivor can tell you a story about a life-altering experience. You stand at the door of death and then survive and have another shot at life. The rigors of treatment and joys of winning the war change who you are.
Surviving the Storm
by Gregory W. Lester, PhD
A cancer diagnosis is a transformational event, in other words, an event that changes everything. It changes how we feel, how we think, and how we see ourselves, others, and even life itself.
Cancer and the Holidays
by Joyce Hendershott, MSW, LISW-S, ACSW
It’s that time of year – busy schedules, high expectations, and increased stress. As a cancer survivor, you might be asking yourself how you can balance the demands of the holiday season with the limitations caused by your illness and treatment. With a little preparation (and maybe some delegation), you can be in control of how you celebrate the holidays this year.
Every Day Is Thanksgiving Day
by Roger Cawthon
Many have called former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani “America’s Mayor” for his courageous leadership on 9/11 and throughout the terrible days that followed. When he put his arms around those who had lost loved ones on that most awful of days, his compassionate touch reached out to every American and reminded us that we were all in this together and that there were people in charge who would work hard to make things right again.
Tips for Caregivers
Helping Your Loved One Cope during the Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But the demands of the holiday season can overwhelm even the healthiest and most energetic among us. For individuals battling chronic pain, holiday stress and anxiety can be magnified, making symptoms even worse.
by Suzanne M. Miller, PhD
Denial can be good. As one of the psyche’s primary defense mechanisms, denial is a natural way of distracting from or selectively editing out a painful reality. Since the late 19th century, however, when Sigmund Freud described denial in his psychodynamic theories as a maladaptive coping defense, the common wisdom has asserted that if we deny negative aspects of our lives, such as a threatening medical situation, we’re probably harming ourselves by not taking actions that could improve our health.