Category Archive: Survivorship

Sometimes there are just no words…

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Many people struggle with what to say to a person who has been newly diagnosed with cancer. In fact that person may quickly become a magnet for platitudes! Things such as “sure anyone… Continue reading

Battling cancer again

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While no one who has survived a few rounds in the fight against cancer, wants to think about going back into the ring again, the reality is, that as cancer patients live longer, the… Continue reading

Public information session

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The Annual General Meeting of Europa Donna Ireland, will be held in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2 on Saturday 23 May at 12 noon. Following the AGM there will be an Information Session  at 1.30… Continue reading

Hope is beautiful

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The Look Good…Feel Better programme, which many women have had an opportunity to avail of in the cancer support centres or hospitals where they received treatment, is celebrating their 20th anniverserary this year. In 1989,… Continue reading

Ignoring lymphedema

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Many women who experience abnormal swelling of the arm or shoulder area following treatment for breast cancer — a condition called lymphedema — suffer in silence, according to the results of a recent survey. Lymphedema… Continue reading

A survivor’s story

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I am one of those people who cannot bear to throw a newspaper or magazine away until I have at least glanced at the content, in case I may miss a good feature story.… Continue reading

Cancer and depression

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The good news of course is that improvements in the early detection and treatment of cancer have resulted in longer periods of survival. As a result, researchers are focusing new attention on the… Continue reading

After treatment ends, real healing begins

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I have written many times of my belief that the real healing work of cancer begins after treatment ends. Cancer strikes a severe blow at our sense of self and our sense of… Continue reading

Report claims not enough being done for cancer survivors

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A report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies documented what almost every cancer survivor already knows: not enough is being done for cancer survivors as they… Continue reading

Doodling

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    There are many ways in which we learn to cope with the stresses and anxieties of cancer or indeed any serious disease. Some people find journalling helps, others art or meditation.… Continue reading