I want to share a wonderful presentation by Dr. Jennifer D. Irwin, Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Western University. It is entitled Survivorship: How do you want it to be? Dr. Irwin is a survivor as well as a Health Behaviorist (one who does research on health-related behaviors) and brings a dual perspective to the cancer experience. She discusses the physical and emotional impact of cancer from the moment of diagnosis: the sudden lack of control of one’s own life, the feelings of isolation and loneliness, the feeling of “horrific betrayal of one’s own body,” the sense of estrangement from all the normal daily life experiences, and how Dr. Irwin learned to regain a sense of control in her life.
Thank you to Breastcancerauthority.com for e-mailing me this presentation. Breast Cancer Authority is a also an extensive source of information for survivors.