Dancing in Limbo: Making Sense of Life After Cancer / Edition 1

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Dancing in Limbo is the intimate and inspiring account of authors Glenna Halvorson-Boyd and Lisa K. Hunter's real-life experiences of surviving cancer. They are straightforward about what life is like after the whirlwind of doctors' visits and radical treatments comes to an end. In the aftermath of this intensely focused period, survivors are often unprepared for their feelings of confusion and disorientation. Questions such as "If I am one of the lucky ones, why am I feeling so blue?" are surprisingly common. As this thoughtful book reveals, for those who survive cancer, life is never the same again.
Dancing in Limbo weaves the authors' stories with those of other survivors who tackle the difficult question of what it means to really live. To recreate lives of meaning and purpose, survivors face a myriad of emotional issues. The book shows how survivors deal with loss, fear, anger, hope, and grief. Using personal examples, the authors offer down-to-earth advice on topics including:

  • Loneliness of survival.
  • How to live with uncertainty without going crazy.
  • Fears of reoccurrence and the wisdom of those worries.
  • The losses that must be grieved in order to move forward.
  • The courage to live with fear and uncertainty without falling into despair.
  • The effect of survivor issues on our most intimate relationships.
  • and much more.

Dancing in Limbo is written for the more than eight million people who have survived cancer, their families, friends, and caregivers.

The book contains no figures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901035
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/9/1995
  • Series: Health Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 352,719
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

GLENNA HALVORSON-BOYD is a national consultant to health care organizations and has a doctorate in Human Development. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband. She survived oral cancer over ten years ago. LISA K. HUNTER is a partner in Health and Education Communication Consultants, Berkeley, California. She earned her doctorate in Human Development. She lives in Healdsburg, California. She is a three-year survivor of melanoma.

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Table of Contents

Breaking the Silence.
Waking Up in Limbo.
Why Me?
Taking the First Steps: Fears of Recurrence.
Beginning to Dance: Grieving Our Losses.
Side-Stepping the Dance: The Illusion of Control.
Social Dancing After Cancer.
Making Sense of Life.
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