by Jacki Donaldson
When my husband first threw the word “blog” at me in November 2004, it was as foreign as the cancer terms that had been swirling in my head – stage, grade, nodes, margins. So I barely paid attention to his recommendation that I document my breast cancer journey online. Once I started really listening to him, however, his idea made a lot of sense.
Keep Your Spirits Up
by Jim Pesoli Sr., Founder of Kids Fight Cancer
It’s no secret that battling cancer is tough. After successfully fighting cancer four times in my life, I have gotten used to dealing with the difficulties associated with the disease. Based on my own firsthand battle, I have put together some tips to help you keep your spirits up.
Study Finds Financial Burdens of Cancer Care Can Cause Severe Post-Traumatic Stress among People with Cancer and Caregivers
According to a study by the Research and Training Institute at the Cancer Support Community, the financial strain related to cancer treatment makes people with cancer and caregivers vulnerable to post-traumatic stress syndrome, with symptoms that include extremely high levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
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.