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I Am Strong, I Am Not

By on December 10th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I describe my year of cancer as sleeping with an enemy, unrelenting and omnipresent. I couldn’t shake its presence, even in those brief moments of relaxation. It was always worse at night. My husband was asleep and my daughter at college, and in the darkness, the house almost silent, except for the usual creaks and groans, nothing could be denied. To the world, I presented …

Managing the Emotions Around Metastatic Breast Cancer

By on October 29th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

Shock, anger, terror, loss of control — these are just some of the feelings that can hit when a person is diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. And most people living with metastasis would agree that there are very few individuals who truly understand the depth of those emotions.

To find out more about ways to navigate the sometimes overwhelming feelings that can come up, I …

Imerman Angels: Free One-on-One Cancer Support Wherever You Are

By on October 23rd, 2014 Categories: Community Knowledge, The Breast Cancer Journey

The pain was sudden and excruciating. Jonny Imerman, 26, doubled over and dropped his pool cue. He managed to leave the Ann Arbor, Michigan bar that Saturday night in 2001 and get to an emergency room, where he was diagnosed as having an infection in his left testicle. This would soon turn out to be an incorrect diagnosis.

Imerman worked in commercial real estate and …

Crows or Eagles: Which Will You Choose?

By on September 24th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I submitted this essay years ago to the book Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul. It was not chosen for inclusion (I never heard back), but as I recently re-read what I wrote, I could still see everything about that moment, along with remembering my subsequent thoughts and feelings. I also remember the enjoyment of writing the article. I enjoyed reading it again, and …

Dispatches From the Fifth Year: The Labyrinth

By on August 27th, 2014 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

The picture on the website of the walking labyrinth is what convinced me to actually book a weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, an idea I’d toyed with, to pause and process the fifth anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I started noticing these labyrinths the year I was going through treatment — at a fancy hotel at a Florida beach; in the financial …

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