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Denial: the most maligned of coping strategies (1 post)

  • Profile picture of rick rick said 5 years, 9 months ago:

    “I have a highly developed sense of denial” Gwinneth Paltrow

    At a recent survivorship celebration a gentleman shared that after 6 year of survivorship, a counseling session brought out the revelation that his radiation treatment markings (tattoos) were an all too constant reminder of his cancer and its treatment. Conventional wisdom would tell us that this is a classic coping mechanism, denial, getting in the way of somebody actually addressing the issue. Others may offer that you’ll deal with your issue when you are ready to deal with it, so denial gives you the space and time needed until you are ready to cope.

    Have you noticed a time, even many years after the event when denial actually protected you until you were ready to deal with a painful cancer memory?