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Dancing in limbo : making sense of life after cancer

Author: Glenna Halvorson-Boyd; Lisa Hunter
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ed
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"Over eight million people have survived cancer. This poignant reflection by two health-care professionals and cancer survivors provides insight and reassurance for the difficult times these survivors face after the physical disease has subsided."--Publisher.
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Glenna Halvorson-Boyd; Lisa Hunter
ISBN: 0787901032 9780787901035
OCLC Number: 32509031
Description: xi, 177 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Breaking the silence. Entering the unknown --
The beginning of our stories --
What's different about surviving cancer? --
Discovering limbo --
Dancing in limbo --
The dance: chapter by chapter, step by step. 2. Waking up in limbo. What is limbo? --
The logic of limbo --
We're not alone in limbo --
How we got here: psychological defences --
Nothing happened: denial --
This cannot be happening to me: dissociation --
I have so many other worries: displacement --
Just don't think about it (and it won't go away): repression. 3. Why me? Why ask why? --
The wish to undo --
Almost forty questions --
The importance of self-pity --
Our questions serve a deeper purpose --
When to stop asking --
Survivor guilt. 4. Taking the first steps: fears of recurrence. The fears change but never end --
Signals from within, or am I turning into a hypochondriac? --
Regression in the face of fear --
Learning to live with fear --
Seeing the other side of fear. 5. Beginning to dance: grieving our losses. Physical losses --
Practical losses --
Intangible losses --
Mourning it all --
A short course on grief --
Grieving in limbo --
Life is full of unacknowledged losses --
If you have survived other traumatic losses --
Sadder is wiser and stronger. 6. Sidestepping the dance: The illusion of control. The craving for certainty --
Illusions of control --
Where did these ideas come from? --
The mind-body connection --
New age thinking: an oversimplification --
Your illness as a catalyst --
Finding a balance. 7. Social dancing after cancer. Fear can cripple the dance --
Impossible expectations and magical allies --
Renegotiating intimate relationships --
There are no perfect families --
Dancing with your friends --
A place where people understand: support groups. 8. Making sense of life. Telling time --
Revising our lives --
Creating meaning --
We fought for our lives --
Time on our side --
Spiritual questions --
Giving each other courage --
Life and death and limbo.
Responsibility: Glenna Halvorson-Boyd, Lisa K. Hunter.
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