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What I’ve Learned from Watching “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

When I first started watching the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies on Monday night I wasn’t sure I agreed with calling cancer an emperor. It seemed to be such a positive and powerful term to place on something with such a negative impact. But after two nights of tuning in and live tweeting, and as I get ready for the third, I get it. Cancer is a disease like no other, even within itself it never seems to be the same way twice—it’s smarter than that. Giving a powerful disease a powerful name pays respect to the millions of people who take on “The Emperor” every year–a respect greatly earned by all who are affected.

But that isn’t the only thing that struck me while watching the first two nights of the film.

3 Things to Know About Oncology Social Work: #31daysofSW

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cancer Support Community Helpline counselor Justin Short shares how he copes with the emotional turmoil of the cancer experience and the best part of his job as a counselor.

A Day in the Life: #31daysofSW

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cancer Support Community Helpline Counselor Charli Prather, MSW, LCSW, answers questions about her career, her work as a helpline counselor and why she loves what she does.

A Day in the Life: #31daysofSW

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I have been an oncology social worker for 25 years. There are many lessons I have learned but probably the one that has transformed my life is to try to live each day with as much presence in the moment as I can. I admit that this isn’t always easy but the closer I stay to living in the moment, the more I experience the joy of being alive and the less I worry about what’s to come or trying to control what’s beyond my control.

Why I Became a Social Worker - #31DaysofSW

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back in the 1960s, as a young, newly married man, I felt a sense of hope for the future – if someone would just do something. I felt that I was up for the challenge. I was naïve. Had no idea of what would lie ahead; how my “liberalism,” idealism and good wishes were no match for engrained experiences and intractable behaviors that resulted in often disastrous consequences.

Preventing Cancer—It’s in the Numbers

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prevention and early detection are the most important keys to the future health and wellbeing of individuals and families around the world. Since February is Cancer Prevention month, it is not only a time to reflect on the progress we have made in the fight against this disease, but also to take bold steps toward dramatically decreasing the number of lives impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Remember That Cancer is Not "Beyond Us"

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Today is World Cancer Day, an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer and its impact on local communities all over the globe.

This year’s theme is “Not Beyond Us.” This tagline can be interpreted and applied in a few different ways. One idea that came to my mind is the impact that cancer continues to have even after a person is finished with treatment. Life doesn’t just go back to normal. Cancer survivors are often faced with challenges even after they’ve been declared cancer-free.

Advice for the Newly Diagnosed: Tips for You, By You

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

On several occasions, we asked our Facebook followers to share with us what advice they would give to anyone who is just beginning their cancer journey. Below are some of the amazing and inspirational responses we have gotten so far. Take a look—it just might be what you needed to hear today!

Support from a Distance - 5 Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Often, long-distance caregivers may feel guilty for not being there in person, struggle with coordinating support for their loved one or worry about emergency situations. It’s important for these far-away loved ones to remember that they are not alone—In fact, it is estimated that 7 million people in the U.S. are long-distance caregivers. Many of these people are family members of someone with cancer—daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. Below are a few tips for supporting your loved one and yourself even when you can’t be there physically.

5 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

If you are coping with the loss of a loved one, you are not alone. Here are a few tips for managing grief this holiday season.