Friday, March 14, 2008

The Power of Words for Cancer Patients

'When my mother was first diagnosed with cancer, she did something she had never done before. She started to write down her feelings. My mother had always been too busy for something she felt was as indulgent as keeping a journal, but in the early days of her cancer diagnosis, she found that writing down her thoughts helped her cope with the prospect of dying. This month, a medical journal confirms what many cancer patients intuitively know. Expressive writing, which involves writing down your deepest thoughts and feelings, may improve the quality of life for cancer patients, according to a new report in The Oncologist.'
--from columnist Tara Parker-Pope's excellent new health blog, Well, on the New York Times website. To read the entire piece, go
here. Her first commenter responded: "some of my closest friends have been introduced to blogging via cancer. It’s a wonderful outlet and it connects them to a larger circle of people that care." You'll find the entire journal article to which she refers here.


At 8:41 PM, Blogger Wordsanctuary said...

The Oncology article is excellent, John. Thank you for linking to it. I'm glad when research supports what many of us sense intuitively and observe "in the field" and in our hearts as teachers and writers.

At 6:35 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Well said, Maria.


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