Category Archives: So, You Got the News

What is Anticipatory Grief?

People living with terminal illness face grief and loss long before death occurs

When Dr. Elizabeth Kubler Ross released her seminal book, “On Death and Dying” in 1969, she based her writings on the experiences of people who were facing certain death. Through a series of interviews and conversations with terminally ill children … Continue reading

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You Don’t Need to be Brave

A cancer survivor reminds us that courage is no protection against terminal illness

I just read a wonderful story in the July 21, 2017, issue of Time. Written by cancer survivor Josh Friedman, it’s about an ordinary man who got a cancer diagnosis and didn’t take it particularly well. In fact, his behavior … Continue reading

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The Endless Waiting of End Stage Renal Disease

Thousands of people are living on borrowed time awaiting a kidney transplant

End stage renal disease is the medical term for kidney failure, a condition that happens when the kidneys are no longer able to filter excess fluid and waste products from the blood. Untreated kidney failure is uniformly fatal. Other than … Continue reading

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Guilt and Shame at the End of Life

Living with a life-limiting illness can be much harder when you blame yourself

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. ~ Henry David Thoreau Joe sat in his living … Continue reading

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Cancer Treatment and Body Image

Treatment related changes in appearance are deeply disturbing but rarely discussed

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” ― Simone de Beauvoir Some of the most distressing issues that people with cancer face are those related to body image. Cancer surgery, in particular, can be extremely … Continue reading

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How Can Cancer Survivors Deal With Chronic Pain?

Many patients face years of persistent pain even after treatment is complete

“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Cancer pain has many causes. In the early stages of treatment, pain is most often the result of a tumor pressing on muscles, bones or … Continue reading

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