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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.

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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.

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The Ten Commandments

by William Penzer, PhD

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Life After “The News”

by Alexandra Gee, PsyD, and Teresa Deshields, PhD

So you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Your mind is flooded with questions, and waves of difficult emotions wash over you. Or maybe you’re feeling nothing at all, stricken with numbness or disbelief. The days following your diagnosis are a blur as you try to pro­cess the news and prepare for what’s to come. It’s difficult to think of any­thing other than cancer and what it means for your life.

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Manage Your Stress with Meditation

by Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, and Kira Taniguchi, MA

These days, mindfulness is in. The hot topic even made the cover of Time magazine’s February 3, 2014, issue, and since then, more and more experts have been weighing in on the purported benefits of this practice.

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