Coping with Cancer is Hard

We're often left to deal with the emotional effects of cancer on our own.
That's The Big Ordeal.

The Art of Letting Go

Finding grace by losing control.

You Are Not Alone

Panic, fear of death, stress, anxiety, a sense of isolation and depression are common cancer emotions.


Param turned adversity into advocacy after his diagnosis with leukemia.


A strong support network and years of meditation helped Christina deal with the terror of a second cancer.

Finding Resiliency

Resilience is a muscle built by practice. Here are some things you can try to strengthen your resiliency.

Military training helps Jeremy get the care he needs for his rare cancer.



When cancer happens, doctors rush to start treatment. But we’re often left to deal with the emotional effects of the diagnosis on our own.

That’s The Big Ordeal.

For most of us, cancer is an unexpected ordeal that takes over life. If we’re lucky, it consumes us for a short time before fading into the background. If we’re unlucky, it remains in focus, or worse, becomes the centerpiece of our remaining days. But none of us gets through it without some lasting impact.

The emotional toll may be subtle or dramatic. It may influence our personal or professional lives, be on display for all to see, or buried deep within our souls. But there’s no denying it. Everything is different when we hear we have cancer.

Nothing can truly prepare you for the roller coaster of emotions unleashed by diagnosis. But, The Big Ordeal will help you anticipate, understand and manage the turmoil ahead. It will help you understand why you feel the way you do, making coping with cancer a little easier. In Coping Insights you will find information on neuroscience, psychology and oncology to help demystify the experience. And, you will find suggestions from professionals and fellow patients who have been there.

The Big Ordeal is also about patients and survivors, sharing stories to help reduce the sense of isolation, inspire hope, combat fear and encourage healing. You can read Patient Stories to see what others have shared and share your own story. Join us. There’s a good chance, if you are reading this, you’re already a member.

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  1. I have lost a younger and older brother way too early due to this beast. I’m excited about what this site will yield.I look forward to updates and comments in the future!

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