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Coping With Cancer

Coping With Cancer

Talking to Your Children About Cancer

*July 2021*  Written by Tess Taft, MSW, LICSW, and oncology psychotherapist.© “I feel like I’m doing something terrible to my family even though I didn’t ask for this.” “My friends and family don’t get it. They can’t. I finally let them off the hook.” “My teenager wants to know ALL…
cece
September 6, 2021
Coping With Cancer

Still Living With Uncertainty

*May 2021*  from Lungcancer.net, written by Ivy  Elkins This past February 13th marked one year since having an upper right lobectomy that resulted in me reaching NED (No Evidence of Disease). Fortunately, I am still considered NED and hope that this status will last a long, long time. Oncologist visits…
cece
June 21, 2021
Coping With Cancer

The Wisdom of Mortality

*May 2021*  by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved “Finally, death itself is not the worst thing that can happen.” “Everyone who loves me has heart fatigue. When I die their hearts will be tired in another way. But me? I’m curious about what’s next. I’m diminishing here, but…
cece
June 20, 2021
Coping With Cancer

WILL I BE NEXT? COPING WITH FEAR WHEN FRIENDS DIE

*April  2021* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved “I’m in my dark place. I’m stuck in cancer thinking. I don’t want my life to be minor distractions from fears of my own death.” KS, coping with cancer “If you see a piano falling, push me under it.” MR,…
cece
June 19, 2021
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Hope, That Double-Edged Sword

*March 2021* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved “Every single time I go to the oncology clinic I wonder: will I gain hoped today or lose hope today?” “My cancer is blissfully boring right now- it’s a nice break between recurrences. My hope always rises when that happens.”…
cece
March 22, 2021
Coping With Cancer

How Do I Handle This Cancer Part 7

*December 2020* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved This is the seventh part of a series on how people cope with cancer. The first installment discussed GRIEF, DEPRESSION, and ANXIETY. The second installment included thoughts on ANGER.The third installment spoke to people who manage their feelings by WITHDRAWAL and RESIGNATION. The fourth part addressed how people handle…
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January 6, 2021
Coping With Cancer

How Do I Handle This Cancer Part 6

*November 2020* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved This is the sixth part of a seven-part series on how people cope with cancer. The first installment discussed GRIEF, DEPRESSION, and ANXIETY. The second installment included thoughts on ANGER.The third installment spoke to people who manage their feelings by WITHDRAWAL and RESIGNATION. The fourth part addressed how…
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January 6, 2021
Coping With Cancer

How Do I Handle This Cancer Part 5

*October 2020* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved This is the fifth part of a seven-part series on how people cope with cancer. The first installment discussed GRIEF, DEPRESSION, and ANXIETY. The second installment included thoughts on ANGER.The third installment spoke to people who manage their feelings by WITHDRAWAL and RESIGNATION. The fourth part addressed how people…
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October 16, 2020
Coping With Cancer

How Do I Handle This Cancer Part 4

*September 2020* by Tess Taft, msw, licsw ©all rights reserved This is the fourth part of a six-part series on how people cope with cancer. The first installment discussed GRIEF, DEPRESSION, and ANXIETY. The second installment included thoughts on ANGER.The third installment spoke to people who manage their feelings by WITHDRAWAL and RESIGNATION. DENIAL “I think…
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October 16, 2020