11-06-19 Cancer, Communication, and How Writing For Life Can Help You with David Tabatsky
Cancer, Communication, and How Writing For Life Can Help You and Your Loved Ones Through The Fear and Isolation of a Cancer Journey
Sadly, cancer is one of our most common diseases, and more than likely you, or someone you know will be touched by cancer in some way. Instead of hiding our fears, instead of withdrawing into isolation, what would it be like if we talked? Or even wrote about our experiences? Could we break down the fear and isolation faced by those in any kind of health crisis simply by communicating honestly about it? Could we take better control of both our situation and our feelings?
Research conducted at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University indicates that expressive writing––dealing with ones deepest thoughts and emotions––may contribute to improved physical and emotional health. A study in The Oncologist medical journal found patients who participated in a single 20-minute writing session improved their outlook on cancer and physical quality of life.
For millions of people worldwide, a cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event. Everything comfortable and familiar may be called into question. But what if a diagnosis of cancer actually inspired you? What if it meant a call to community outreach, a mended family relationship, or a fresh perspective on life’s priorities? What if you sat down and began to write about your experience? Expressing your feelings may just bring you, your loved ones, and those surrounding you in the medical community, the courage and strength to face life head-on.
Write for Life aims to provide people affected by cancer (patients, caregivers, family, friends, medical community, etc.) the opportunity to explore personal expression through writing, with the hope that it becomes a substantial and meaningful tool in the fight against cancer. We are dedicated to promoting the art and craft of writing as a means of communication that can inspire and facilitate healing.
David Tabatsky is a writer, editor, teacher and performing artist, based in New York City. He has coached, co-written, and edited several inspirational memoirs of people surviving cancer, stroke, abuse, and conversion therapy, as well as numerous self-help guides. David is the co-author of several books about cancer, including Rx for Hope, (Rowman & Littlefield 2018) Reimagining Women’s Cancers and Reimagining Men’s Cancers (HCI 2016), The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support and Love (Chicken Soup for the Soul 2009) and the author of Write for Life: Communicating Your Way Through Cancer. He is currently completing two memoirs, a short story collection, and a revised version of Write for Life, all to be published in 2019.
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