Knowledge is power Katherine Puckett PHD, MS, MSW, LCSW

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<ul><li> 1. We Can Change the Course of Breast Cancer Looking at Intimacy and the Lingering Effects of Breast Cancer Katherine Puckett, PhD, MS, MSW, LCSW National Director of Mind-Body Medicine Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Illinois 2013 Rising Tide </li> <li> 2. Meet Jayne Mid-40s, married with kids Found lumps but waited 6 months to tell anyone Why? Many fears 2 </li> <li> 3. The stress of cancer can cause 1,400 chemical changes in the body! To the body, stress is a perceived threat to survival. When sustained over time, stress can decrease healing and survival rates. 3 </li> <li> 4. Unmanaged Fear and Stress: Impact all our Relationships Fear is a stressor especially when prolonged Fear and stress impact Relationship with ourselves Relationships with others 4 </li> <li> 5. Women with Breast Cancer: Common Perceptions Activate Stress This cancer will take my life. It must be my fault. God is punishing me. Life as I knew it is over. My partner wont be attracted to me any more. Treatment is dangerous and ineffective. 5 </li> <li> 6. Perceived Stressors: Real Threats or Not? Stress is not out there. It is our emotional response to something out there. Perceived stress often more impactful than actual stressors. 6 </li> <li> 7. Knowledge is Power: Understanding How to Manage Fear Caring relationship support Keeping breast cancer in perspective Knowledge and communication 7 </li> <li> 8. Remember Jayne First-hand knowledge and experience of: Facing fears in context of caring relationships Communicating openly with loved ones Practicing self-care and feeling better Feeling hopeful about her future 8 </li> </ul>


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