A person's cancer journey can be a
time of deep reflection, a time for
peacemaking and a time to express
fears, hopes, and dreams. Often by
merely writing about feelings, a
person can attain a sense of
perspective and inner peace. For
this reason, patients are encouraged
to explore journaling during their
cancer treatment and beyond.
Journaling is a very private
experience where you are safe to
write about whatever you are
feeling. There are no rules other
than you shouldn't worry about the
rules of formal writing. "Proper"
spelling, punctuation and grammar
should not be the focus of your
writing. Think of journaling as
sharing your feelings with your
dearest friend who will never judge
you and never think less of you
regardless of what you write.
You may organize your journal
any way that is comfortable for you.
Some people write daily - others
only when they feel the need to
express themselves. Some journalists
divide their journal into sections
that range from Feelings to Family
Memories to My Favorite Things to
Sources of Inspiration and so on.
Thus, the journal becomes a resource
for empowerment and inspiration as
well as therapeutic. Whatever works
best for you is what you should do.
Journaling can be a powerful
tool toward healing. We hope you
will try it.