Category Archive: Survivorship

Laura’s Story

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I first encountered Laura Morefield online through a comment she had left on another blog. On it Laura spoke of something she calls “cancer face”. I was so taken with her comment, and… Continue reading

Defining survivorship

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I have written a lot about the concept of cancer survivorship and it is a word that is used extensively in literature and elsewhere, so I thought it would be helpful to explore in… Continue reading

Survivor guilt

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You would think that surviving cancer would be like holding a winning lottery ticket. After all, you’ve “beaten death” haven’t you? You get to live. You should be elated but it doesn’t always… Continue reading

Intimacy after cancer

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I wrote yesterday on the subject of body image and how we perceive ourselves in a seemingly image obsessed world. Once a woman has been treated for cancer, she may develop a negative body… Continue reading

Survivor loneliness

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I have written before of a certain  unique description of loneliness experienced by breast cancer survivors that has been termed survivor loneliness, which can go hand in hand with depression during and after treatment. In today’s Irish Times,… Continue reading

The post-treatment let-down

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Dana Jennings is a reporter and editor at The New York Times. His postings on coping with prostate cancer appear each week at nytimes.com/well. Here Dana writes of an unexpected side-effect of cancer… Continue reading

The story doesn’t end here…

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I am returning to this question again of what happens to us once treatment ends, as it is one that fascinates me and I never tire of hearing how others experience not just… Continue reading

Dr Wendy Harpham “On Survivorship”

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I have just been reading the bio of Wendy S. Harpham, M.D. on her blog, “On  Survivorship”. Having  posted last week on writing your own life mission statment,  I am particularly taken with her mission statement: “To… Continue reading

Looking for the positives in cancer

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Can there be a positive side amidst the panic, anxiety and hopeless feelings that often accompany the word cancer? The answer is yes according to Dr. Patricia Mumby, associate professor Loyola University Chicago… Continue reading

Julie, a survivor’s story

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I have just been reading some of the inspiring stories on the Voices of Survivors website and was particularly struck by Julie Blackman’s story. It resonated with me because she was diagnosed with… Continue reading