The blog by Fredsonic (Secondaries) reminded me that somebody suggested a couple of weeks ago that it might be helpful to signpost some poems and other material that people have found helpful at various times. Telling your story can often be really helpful to others. There can be positives in adversity and silver linings to dark clouds, even though it often does not really seem like that to us, and certainly not at the time.
As well as 'Reaching for a Rainbow' there is a story by Alan Bennett called 'An Average Rock Bun' in his collection 'Untold Stories'. The rock bun is a reference to the size of the tumour in his colon as it was described to him.
For poems (and we sometimes get drawn mysteriously to the phrase that really meets our need), try cancernet.co.uk/poems.htm
There is a poem called 'Cancer is So Limited' in that collection, which also appears in godswork.org/index.htm Religious faith (even when challenged by our situation) can be a real blessing at these times and this website is indeed religious in its overall nature.
For some useful insights, wherever you are on the journey, try the Cancer Counselling trust website and Dr Peter Harvey's article on 'After the treatment finishes - then what?' There are little chapters on, say, going back to work, dealing with fears, fatigue and so on. cancercounselling.org.uk/no...
And another of Peter Harvey's gems is 'The Perils and Pitfalls of Positive Thinking' cancercounselling.org.uk/no...$FILE/Article.pdf?openElement
So having started this, here is your chance to copy and paste your favourites!