Cancer : Individuals and family members/supporters
A cancer diagnosis is not something anyone ever wants to hear. Physical, mental, and emotional systems may go into overdrive, exacerbated by the lack of previous experience in managing such a load. The immediate world quickly becomes consumed with medical appointments, financial and insurance concerns, job stability issues and, of course, fear. These concerns are shared by family members and others in the diagnosed person's life. A ripple effect can quickly become a tidal wave of worry, anger, resentment, and dread. Anxiety and depression may manifest in any or all touched by the cancer diagnosis. 23 years of emotional and social support in oncology has brought me insight into the challenges and changes that cancer brings. As a Program Director and support group facilitator at both Gilda's Club Metro Detroit and Grand Rapids, in addition to my role as Michigan Patient Services Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I've walked alongside many on their cancer journeys. I've witnessed tears, laughter, and everything in between. I've been privileged to facilitate families and friends coming together for logistical (transportation, meals) and emotional support (cards, calls, visits). It has been my great honor to share in the trials and tribulations, the joys and triumphs, that individuals, families, and supporters experience on a cancer journey. You and/or yours may benefit from awareness of perspectives, beliefs and reactions to a diagnosis. With a deeper understanding of yourself and others, conscious choices in responding to life circumstances become possible. Having cancer appear in our lives is never the chosen path, yet having someone to walk beside you is a possibility.
Anxiety can be pervasive and overwhelming, and it can be managed. As a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), I can assist you in defining personalized goals to create lasting change through evidence-based therapies.
There is no end to grief, yet learning to make it a part of your life's rich experience is possible. Honoring your loss and defining the person's or pet's past and present role in your world can help. "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." Havelock Ellis
You are a treasure in this complicated world. Find the essence of your true being, and live the real story of your life. It is all there beneath the experiences and pain and hardship. The journey of discovery is there for the taking with your willingness to explore.