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We Can Help: Resources from Living Beyond Breast Cancer

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. As the National Breast Cancer Foundation says on their website, “2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds true when it comes … Continue reading We Can Help: Resources from Living Beyond Breast Cancer

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Talking with your health care provider about the future

Periodically we re-post articles that have been especially helpful for our readers. This article is one of them. It is important for you to be able to talk openly with your doctor and medical team. We hope this article is beneficial. Talking about your illness, your goals and wishes, and planning for the future is an important part of your care. Healthcare providers like to start talking … Continue reading Talking with your health care provider about the future

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“I don’t know what to tell my kids”

Families with young children, teens, or even adult children, often are concerned about how their children will react to a diagnosis and treatment of cancer in a family member. That is understandable, for our responsibility as parents is to serve our children’s emotional and physical needs. We shelter, nourish, protect, and care for our children as they grow and develop. So, when faced with a … Continue reading “I don’t know what to tell my kids”

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 6

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the final post, six out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 6

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“Why am I so stuck?” – Taking care of safety needs in uncertain times

Maybe in a book or in a school course you saw a “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” pyramid. Did you know, Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) never drew any images or schematics for his psychological theory? It seems that the drawing was made up by textbook publishers as a learning aid. Well, perhaps it worked, and many people do remember the hierarchy of needs which describes in day-to-day … Continue reading “Why am I so stuck?” – Taking care of safety needs in uncertain times

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 5

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the fifth out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting on illness, … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 5

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Diarrhea: What’s nutrition got to do with it?

Nutrition Education for Diarrhea: One of the realities for many during our cancer journey and treatment is diarrhea. Yuck. Diarrhea just makes us feel awful. We thought it might be helpful to take a look at what Diarrhea is and what we can do about it. What is it? Diarrhea is frequent, watery stools.  It has many possible causes.  Diarrhea may be due to medications, … Continue reading Diarrhea: What’s nutrition got to do with it?

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Mental and Emotional Health Services Available – Welcome Psychology Interns!

In addition to our Oncology Social Workers, Oncology Nurse Navigators, and directory of Online Support Resources, we are proud and excited to continue our psycho-oncology (a.k.a. therapy for people impacted by cancer) program! This program has been operating for several years at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital and is now adapted to provide care during social distancing. We would like to introduce several … Continue reading Mental and Emotional Health Services Available – Welcome Psychology Interns!

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On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 4

Welcome back to the Caring Connection series on grief and loss in cancer. This is the fourth out of six posts.  Frank Ostaseski, in his book The Five Invitations (2017), offered five “mutually supportive principles, permeated with love”, five “bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened”. He wrote about hospice experiences in that book. In this series, I (humbly) apply Ostaseski’s ideas to cancer experiences during Covid-19, reflecting on illness, … Continue reading On Grief and Loss in Cancer: Part 4

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WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Pennsylvania Hospital and the American Red Cross Blood Drive Every 2 seconds, someone needs blood. You can make a difference in your community. Perhaps you have been considering donating for the first time, or maybe you’ve donated in the past but you are unsure if it’s safe to donate blood at this time.  We hope this page will answer your questions. Donating blood products is … Continue reading WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER