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“Social Distancing” does not need to be Social Isolation

In this day of uncertainty, there is one thing I know for sure, “Community is stronger than COVID-19”. As the Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Montana, I have been witness to the ill effects that social isolation plays in the wellbeing of people, since this can be a common affliction when people are touched by cancer. Across all cultures, races, ages and genders, humans have basic needs for social and emotional connection.

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Talking to Children about Cancer

By Becky Franks & Sarah Skoglund –    

A cancer diagnosis is a difficult time for not only the patient, but also for their family. If you have cancer and are the parent or guardian of a young child, you may wonder whether it’s a good idea to discuss your illness with your child. Child psychologists agree that it is usually best to give your child accurate, age-appropriate information because when left to their own thoughts and ways of understanding, kids can blame themselves or make up ideas about what mom or dad are going through and what the outcome may be. Talking to a child about cancer is not easy, but it is necessary and important.

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Conversations About Cancer: Debunking the “Right” and “Wrong” Words

By Ali O’Grady –

Since launching Thoughtful Human in 2017, I have had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of people about their journeys through adversity. From cancer, to addiction, mental health, and beyond, one thing has become clear — amidst our greatest challenges, we all find ourselves in moments where we are simply at a loss for words.

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