Grappling with cancer can be one of life's greatest challenges. Lauren has worked with the cancer community since 2004, and is aware of the many issues that cancer patients, cancer survivors, and caregivers face.
Counseling may help you work on the following challenges:
Learn tools to feel less overwhelmed and more in control
Manage depression, anger, and anxiety
Learn how to manage pain, fatigue, and "chemo brain"
Learn to communicate assertively and effectively with your health care team
Address relationship and sexual issues related to cancer and treatment
Actively explore options about important decisions
Explore financial concerns
Talk about concerns you have about treatment as well as how your life may be impacted after cancer
Explore what your cancer experience means to you
Explore any existential questions you may have
Aside from individual counseling, there are many other helpful sources of support available -- you may want to look into online support groups, cancer support centers, and group therapy.
weSPARK Cancer Support Center - www.wespark.org
Cancer Support Community - www.cancersupportcommunity.org
Tower Cancer Research Foundation - http://towercancer.org
American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
Peer Support Network - www.peersupportnetwork.org
Cancer Research Institute - http://www.cancerresearch.org