For a Stage IV cancer survivor I’ve got a lot going for me:
— Clean brain MRIs for more than a year; cancer free from the neck down for more than two.
— My older son is getting married in a few months. My younger son, who graduated last May, just got word he’ll be teaching in Austria next year on a Fulbright program.
— My wife and I support each other, and we’ve weathered the storm of a Stage IV cancer diagnosis, surgeries, radiation treatments, forced semi-retirement, and the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis.
Despite my good fortune at being a complete responder, so far, in a clinical trial that I am fortunate to be part of, I can’t shake feelings of unease.
Continue reading Beating the Worry that Comes with Cancer
This may seem like an strange mix to you, but a website for cancer patients, a guided imagery CD by a retired engineer from Texas, and audio books and CDs by a leading advocate for reducing stress through mindfulness meditation have greatly helped me cope with advanced stage cancer.
Here’s an overview of these valuable resources. Maybe they can help you, too. Continue reading These Three Resources Are Helping Me Beat Cancer
With cancer, the anxiety that lurks beneath the surface of everyday life comes rushing to me unbidden at unpredictable moments. Of course I get nervous when I’m waiting the results of my latest brain MRI or CT scans, but anxiety can strike at any time.
Continue reading Coping with Anxiety, aka FEAR