Holding on to Hope
by Clare Butt, RN, MSN, AOCN, PhD(c)
For most people, hope is important throughout their lives’ journeys. However, it can become even more so after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Cancer can change a person’s view of life, and holding on to hope during these times of change can be a challenge. Surprisingly, however, many people find their hope becomes stronger because of cancer.
Finding Humor in the Midst of Cancer
by Jim Higley
Cancer isn’t funny. And I wasn’t doing any laughing the first few days after I received my confirming biopsy results.
Sunday was the surprise call from my doctor.
Monday was the day of research.
Tuesday was meeting with the doctor to finalize plans.
Wednesday was sharing the news with friends.
The Importance of Hope
by Lois M. Ramondetta, MD
Although there are many definitions of hope, my perception of hope involves a dynamic response to the rough waves on the sea of life. It is the expectation that good will come despite challenging circumstances. Although some have described hope as a passive process, it is most certainly an active internal process requiring motivational energy. That said, one’s ability to foster hope is, without question, deeply affected by the external state of affairs and by other individuals.
Overcoming the Emotional Challenges of Cancer
by Dawn Speckhart, PhD
Many different emotions arise after someone is diagnosed with cancer. Like most people with cancer, Greg wanted to continue with life as if nothing was wrong. He was willing to complete necessary treatments, but minimized everything. Most people want to play down the impact of their cancer diagnosis so that they don’t worry their family and friends. In truth, this strategy is an attempt to deny that they are worried themselves. What this strategy really does is leave the person with cancer to worry alone.
Creativity and Coping
by Monica Armstrong
Picture a visual artist painting her way through life, focused on beauty and meaning and cherishing the peaceful process of creative work. One evening the phone rings, and the word “cancer” drains all the colors away. Bleakness enters as fear blackens her vision of life.
Depression & Cancer
Depression not only affects your brain and behavior – it affects your entire body. Dealing with more than one health problem at a time can be difficult, so proper treatment is important.
Live in the Moment
by Dave Balch
Dealing with cancer is not just about cancer; it’s about life with cancer. It’s about all of the stresses, joys, and responsibilities you already had in your life, in addition to the new stresses and responsibilities that come with serious illness. It’s easy to get bogged down.
When Life Hurts, Writing Helps
by Sharon A. Bray, EDD
I’d come to the writing workshop after completing radiation treatment for early-stage breast cancer two weeks earlier. Despite an intensive week of writing, I had avoided any mention of cancer. To write about it was an admission of vulnerability. Denial was a comfortable overcoat, and I had no desire to discard it.