For this concluding piece I offer clinicians a patient handout to edit and use whatever way serves them well in their practice. Here's a snippet:
One of the challenges of life after cancer is uncertainty -- uncertainty about what is happening now, what will happen in the future, and what we can do.
Problems arise if your normal reactions to uncertainty interfere with your ability to make wise decisions. Or if your thoughts and feelings make it difficult for you to feel hopeful, communicate with family and friends, enjoy celebratons or pursue pleasurable activites.
This handout offers insights and tips on healthy ways to manage your reactions to uncertainty.
After offering a useful paradigm, I introduce a key force of healing: hope. A long list of specific hopes for different situations leads to my conclusion:
Whatever happens, keep in mind that cancer didn't make life uncertain. Cancer merely exposed the uncertainty of life.
Every step of the way, let's work together to change what can be changed and to accept the things we cannot change. Let's find and nourish the many hopes that can help you get good care and live as fully as possible today, tomorrow, and every day.
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