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Surviving for Those Who Didnít - Choose

By Amelia Owen
(Page 4 of 4)

Because of this privilege, I have a special place in my heart for cancer patients and their caregivers. I am currently working on my masterís degree in counseling, hoping to use my experience and training to provide psychosocial and emotional support for cancer patients and their caregivers. I am also a licensed massage therapist. I received National Certification for massage therapy so that I may provide therapeutic touch for those dealing with the effects of cancer, and someday work in research on the benefits of massage and psychotherapy for cancer patients and caregivers.

What seems to be a very tragic and traumatic event at the time can turn into something very positive. I was not damaged by being left alone with my mother in the hospital at a very young age during her recovery. I was not traumatized by observing the severe effects of the life-threatening disease of a loved one. I was not injured by being a witness to the battle of cancer. I was blessed. I had the opportunity to care for her the way she did for me when I needed her mostówhen I was weak and vulnerable and could not take care of myself. What better way to repay the person who gave me life.

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