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Tips for Hope and (Emotional) Survival

MayaStern2by Maya Stern, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

This month, I am celebrating the fifth anniversary of receiving a heart transplant, and the beginning of a new life. In light of this milestone, I have been reflecting on how I have mentally and emotionally made it through the long-term effects of childhood cancer to this point, in spite of the times when I felt that nothing would ever go right. I have been granted so much luck by the universe and by the privilege into which I was born, however there were many moments when I was unsure if I could handle any more. These were the moments when I had no hope for change.

 

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Part Two – Caregivers’ Choice: Take It on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

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by Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the second of a 2 part series….read part one.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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Part One – Caregivers’ Choice: Take it on the Chin, or Chin Up [1]?

hopeby Deborah J. Cornwall, Author, Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out

This is the first of a 2 part series….read Part 2 here.

Caregiving is hard. There’s no doubt about it. It’s hard for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you’re in emotional turmoil most of the time, dealing with unknown and unpredictable variables, in a relentless juggling act, without any certainty about what’s coming around the next bend in the road.

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Even Death Unites Us

A Patient

by Terri Wingham, Cancer Survivor

 

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Taylor

Has my title scared you off yet? The topic of death, especially for anyone who has lived through hearing the words, “you have cancer” can make even the most resilient of us squirm in our chairs. With a chalky mouth and a thready pulse, we look for an exit from the room, the conversation, and the risk that one day we will wake up with an unexplained pain and a doctor will pull an x-ray out of its sterile envelope, slide it onto a lit surface, and show us a colony of little metastases hunkered down deep in our bones.

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