You would think that Deb may be a little off her rocker if she's celebrating Christmas in August. Or, you would think she is completely lazy for not taking down the tree eight months ago. But, no, Deb is neither crazy nor lazy. Deb... is dying.
Denial for a short period can help caregivers and patients to cope. Yet when prolonged denial begins to stand in the way of the patient's treatment, comfort, or well-being, it's no longer helpful to anyone.
Getting cancer as a young adult seems so unfair. And holding all these conflicting and difficult emotions inside can cause an emotional cancer that takes almost as great a toll as the physical disease itself.
Is it possible to transform anger, guilt, loss and grief into acceptance and forgiveness? Can you be peaceful in the face of the relentless life threat of cancer? In Valleys: Episode 5, Amy struggles with this conflict as she tries to find release from tormenting anger and guilt.
A cancer diagnosis doesn't just happen to you. It also happens to your family, friends and community. People who were directly or indirectly impacted by my illness sought to identify their roles in my treatment, to figure out what they could contribute to the experience.
Cancer awakens our ability to experience impermanence, including our own mortality. Valleys: Episode 4 -- 'Letting Go' -- awakens us to the realities of impermanence and the notion of letting go of what we want or what "may be" and instead embracing "what is."