· Accessible workbook format encourages self-reflection
· Focuses on survivorship rather than palliative care
· Addresses questions commonly raised by patients' partners, family members, and friends
· Offers a humanistic psychological perspective to help cancer survivors tell their stories
Surviving the Storm presents a humanistic psychological perspective on how to support cancer survivors by offering an individualized narrative structure designed to help them tell their stories. This is a book for people who need to tell the story of how they've beentouched by cancer. It doesn't tell what to eat, or how much to exercise, or what to think and feel. Instead, it introduces a contemplative perspective and gives readers a pragmatic structure to help them tell their unique story of surviving or living with cancer. It helpsthem discover their authentic voice, giving them a way to speak in their own words. Workbook sections are the core of this book and offer a narrative structure created for patients, partners, families, and friends with an emphasis on the different needs and questions of each group.
This book focuses on the whole person, their potential, and their natural drive toward authenticity. A contemplative perspective emphasizes shared human needs such as love, belonging, and personal meaning, and expands beyond the learning-based behavioral and psychosocial resources that are currently available to cancer patients and their families. The book provides options that differ from the support group and medical models of treatment, opening up an alternative to the mode of managing or tolerating the issues of cancer into the realm of awareness, exploration, acceptance, and transformation. While it is tempting to find solutions and try to <"fix a problem,>" there is much to be gained from learning how to live with uncertainty and from delving more deeply into theemotional residue of cancer.
Included are definitions of the different phases of cancer survivorship, material that gives survivors a viewpoint that normalizes the challenges they face, and current research and literature. Personal stories of cancer survivors are highlighted, and poetry and writingsrelated to cancer are interspersed throughout the book to make it more personal.
Table of Contents
1. Sometimes I Think About It: The Experience of Survivorship
2. A Secret World: The Invisible Wounds of Trauma
3. Layers: The Process of Inner Searching
4. What If: The Fear Of Recurrence
5. Dealing with Uncertainty: Steering Through Darkness with No Stars
6. What Do I Do? What Do I Say? What About Me? Partners, Families, and Friends as Survivors
7. Please Listen! How to Talk to Your Healthcare Team
8. Pink Has a Shadow: Dark Humor, Bad Lines, and Cancer
Cheryl Krauter, Psychotherapist
Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, and guiding people in telling their cancer stories. She strongly believes that there is a need to bring attention to emotional healing in survivorship and is committed to making quality survivorship care accessible to all people who have suffered from cancer.