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What is Recreation Therapy?

by Gretchen M. Gerhardt, CTRS/R

Think about the role recreation has played in your life. Where does it fall on your priority list? Where would you like it to fall? Perhaps recreation no longer seems like a possibility. The good news is there is a type of therapy that may provide assistance in helping you to prioritize recreation while also enhancing your health.

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Overcoming the Fear of Treatment Side Effects

It is normal to fear the unexpected and worry that treatment will be difficult. In fact, fear of treatment side effects is common after a diagnosis of cancer. It is important to acknowledge these feelings, identify the underlying reasons, and share your concerns with your healthcare team.

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Acknowledging the Grief and Loss of the Cancer Journey

by Kathy Allen, LSW, OSW-C

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a life changing experience for most people. Like Dorothy during the twister in The Wizard of Oz, you are tossed and turned, not knowing where you are going to land. The whirlwind of doctors, appointments, tests, information, and decisions often causes confusion and the feeling of being overwhelmed. This is especially disconcerting because, prior to diagnosis, you were living your day-to-day life never expecting to find yourself standing on the edge of a very scary cliff.

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by Anne Lawton

I’ve been an oncology nurse for 17 years. People ask me all the time, “How can you stand your job?” Or they comment, “It must be hard,” and “I couldn’t do it.” I love my job, and I love my patients. What people don’t realize is that it’s an honor to be a nurse, especially an oncology nurse. I live with hope every day.

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Creating a Safe Haven in Your Home

by Eileen Coan, MA, MLS

If you or someone you love has cancer, it can feel like you are surrounded by chaos. Your schedule, lifestyle, and plans for the future might be turned upside down. Amidst all this, you should have one place that feels safe – home. You can create a healing room, or even a corner of a room, in your house where you can relax, be quiet, regroup, and refresh.

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Know Thyself

by Sharon Roth-Lichtenfeld, BFA, CPC, ELI-MP

We all have thoughts that invoke emotions and actions. There really are no idle thoughts. They all have a consequence resulting in our attitude, which is positive or negative, healthy or unhealthy. Positive or negative does not necessarily mean good or bad; it is just what is. Since we are all individuals, each of us reacts in our own unique way.

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Pregnant, with Cancer

by Christine M. Bylewski, LCSW-R

A diagnosis of cancer while pregnant is one of the most confusing emotional experiences for a woman. The juxtaposition of new life in the face of this diagnosis simply does not seem possible at a time when tremendous joy and expectation are the norm. Pregnancy is usually accompanied by a myriad of reactions: Will it be a boy or a girl? Will it be healthy? Whom will this baby resemble? What kind of personality will this child have?

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What Are You Doing to Beat the Odds?

by Morry Edwards, PhD

In the 35 years I have been involved in cancer care, I have seen many people make liars out of statistics – outliving their prognoses or going into complete remission. I always wonder what factors enabled that person to be an outlier and successfully beat the odds. Shouldn’t we study them more closely?

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