Let me begin this new blog for Psychology Today by introducing myself. I'm a Harvard doctor whose work focuses on helping people to recover from injuries and illnesses. I'm a medical doctor (M.D.) and have post-medical school training in a small specialty that many people haven't heard of called Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Doctors who specialize in this field of medicine are called physiatrists.
Though I treat people will all kinds of injuries and illnesses (from sprained ankles to strokes), some of my work is focused on helping cancer survivors recover from what are often very toxic treatments. In fact, I am a breast cancer survivor and have written a couple of books specifically for cancer survivors. One is titled After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger and the other book, just released by the American Cancer Society, is called What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope.
Since this is the last day of October (yes, it's Halloween, and I'll be taking my kids trick or treating!) and thus the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'll focus this blog on what the survivors I interviewed for my new book told me really made a difference to them as they went through cancer treatment. If you know someone who is going through cancer treatment and you really want to help him or her, then here are some suggestions:
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