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Bosom Buddies: A Practical Model of Expressive Disclosure
Journal of Cancer Education 20(4):251-5 · February 2005

Abstract
A writing and theatre workshop, conducted in northern New Hampshire with 8 post-treatment breast cancer survivors, utilized expressive disclosure in a nonscientific environment. Through writing, the participants have explored both negative and positive feelings about cancer and its impact on their lives. Through theatre games and rehearsals, the participants have had the opportunity to learn new expressive skills. In performance, they have helped others by telling their own stories. Participants reported a feeling of transformation and a renewed sense of well-being as a result of the workshop, as well as an ongoing desire to positively affect others with their work. The facilitators and participants agreed that the results of this work have been transformative for all involved. The facilitators are encouraged by the idea of further practical exploration of these methods. This article is a blueprint for this type of work and an exploration of the scientific background that supports this method as a valid tool to aid in emotional recovery.

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Thoughts On Edutainment
Journal of Cancer Education 21(3):140 · Fall 2006
Every time we turn on the television, we are presented with edutainment. It is the basis for successful commercials around the world; and it is so pervasive that most of the time we do not even realize it’s happening.

Think about the most successful advertising campaign you can remember (the measure of success in this context is that you remember the commercials and the product they were advertising.) What sticks in my mind is a campaign from Taster’s Choice that ran for several years during the 1990s.

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The Color “Doctor”
Rural Roads

A journal of the National Rural Health Association
Fall 2007

What is the color “doctor”? Is it a level of knowledge that separates physicians from their patients? Is it an air of professional detachment? How is the color “doctor” different from any other shade of the color “human”?

For the past several years, I have been facilitating workshops for women who have been on the receiving end of a life-threatening diagnosis. Recently, I had the opportunity to lead a writing workshop in northern New Hampshire with those who are on the other side of the diagnosis: female doctors.

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