Great example of the power of art therapy for people with chronic disease

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Anxiety, Art, Depression, Talking about difficult topics |

This short video shows the power of art for a girl with cystic fibrosis who spends much of her life in the hospital. She expresses herself through painting with the aid of an art therapist. She’s reducing stress and dealing with the impact of her physical symptoms, sometimes with talk, sometimes without. http://cnycentral.com/news/local/canastota-woman-looks-to-art-therapy-to-cope-with-chronic-disease Share...

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How thoughtless compliments can hurt: noticing thinness when weight loss was unintentional

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Anxiety, Body image, Cancer, Depression, Talking about difficult topics |

This moving essay (below) describes a distraught mother, coping with her daughter’s cancer, being envied because of her weight loss. What is the message to this woman’s daughters: one who is dealing with illness and the other with illness of her beloved sister? We’re so obsessed with thinness in our culture that we value it, by any means necessary. What a travesty. As the author says, “If you want to know how someone is,...

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One Step at a Time: Coping with Cancer’s Depression and Anxiety

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Anxiety, Body image, Cancer, Depression, Talking about difficult topics |

In the past few decades, research has shown time and again that the state of  the body and the state of the mind are intertwined, with our mental and emotional health affecting our physical health, and vice versa. In this beautifully written essay, Robin Browne shares her experience of depression and anxiety with a cancer diagnosis. Many of us who have had cancer, not to mention the arduous treatment for it, have known both the shock of the...

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A young person dealing with cancer

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Talking about difficult topics |

I was very moved by this article by Robin Browne, a young woman with cancer, sharing her honest feelings of isolation and how she found connection with others. She also shares useful resources, as well as wonderful wisdom from “Mr. Rogers,”: “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less...

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