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December 2020 Vol 6 No 6

A Different Dance This December
Issue Introductions
Rounding up this strenuous past year, Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG, gives us a glimpse into the December 2020 issue of CONQUER magazine, which, she says, features a “great deal of wisdom, ‘aha’ moments, inspiration, and hope.”
My Eccentric Companion
Patient Stories
Mary Trouba, who was encouraged by her sister to write about her experience as a patient with metastatic breast cancer, tackles the importance of the words we use when discussing cancer, explaining her problem with the phrase “battling cancer.”
SOAR Beyond the Trauma of a Cancer Diagnosis
Ovarian CancerSurvivorship
Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 3, Tiffany R. Easley learned the power of owning one’s story, detailing her powerful “SOAR” survivor mindset.
Music Is a Tool for Healing
Music Therapy
Dan Quick, MT-BC, explains how music therapy combats the stresses of dealing with cancer, noting that listening to and creating music increases our bodies' production of dopamine and oxytocin, which act as natural painkillers.
My Metamorphosis Through Stage IV Colon Cancer
Colon CancerPatient Stories
Crystal Ortner, PsyD, chronicles her difficult experiences with advanced-stage colon cancer and offers a heartfelt affirmation on the power of love.
Caring for My Husband as He Battles Skin Cancer
CaregiversSkin Cancer
Caring for her husband Bill as he deals with skin cancer, Cathie Balthazor shares the importance of being there to listen to your loved one and care for his or her emotional life.
Painting Allows Me an Escape After a Cancer Diagnosis
Art TherapyEsophageal Cancer
After he was diagnosed with stage III esophageal cancer in 2017, “Art became my love,” says Larry Taylor.
A Man’s Roadmap to Surviving Throat Cancer
SurvivorshipThroat Cancer
After being diagnosed with throat cancer, Ed Rossman kept in contact with others through the online CaringBridge service, remaining hopeful through music sessions and practicing a weekly mantra.
Staying Positive
Breast CancerPatient StoriesSurvivorship
Neelam Shinde, a 2-time breast cancer survivor, reflects on the power of positive thinking and remembering that setbacks are integral parts of life.
Poor Communication Affects Patients: Doctors Should Talk with the Patient and Each Other
Family MembersGynecologic Cancers
Mark Ryan, RN, emphasizes the importance of communication between doctors and patients, using as an example the stressful time his wife Anabel had because of miscommunication related to the results of a CT scan.
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