Grit & Grace

Grit and Grace
Amanda Aris
Amanda Aris is the Cancer Care Coordinator at Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center. As part of the psychosocial services team at TCC, she navigates patients through the specialty pharmacy process of obtaining oral chemotherapies, coordinates all referrals to outside institutions, and works closely with the cancer survivorship programs and events. Although she has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Secondary Education, she previously worked with cancer clinical trials as a Certified Clinical Research Professional in Philadelphia. Amanda is Baltimore born and an avid Brené Brown groupie. Her hobbies are as eclectic as her background and include all things true crime related, performing in the local theater, traveling as much as possible, eating fabulous meals that other people cook, and writing all about it in any one of a dozen half-full notebooks she keeps scattered around, just in case a brilliant thought strikes.
Pink Ribbon
It’s that time of year again, where everything turns pink. Sometimes breast cancer is called the glamour cancer—NOT because anything about it is glamorous, but because the awareness surrounding it is very pink and attention grabbing. But let’s look at the reality of it. The statistics show that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer, and it is the 2nd leading cause of death (for women)....
new beginnings, life after cancer
I know we talk a lot about life after cancer—how you might feel, what to expect, and all about your new normal. We have classes to prepare you for re-entry into the world as a cancer survivor. And we talk a lot about your feelings. It may seem overdone and exhausting, but I think it’s necessary and above all—it’s positive. It means that survival is up and people are looking to live a better,...
Reaching out to a friend
Friendships ebb and flow no matter what age you are or circumstance you’re in—that is just reality. My co-worker and I were discussing all the “best” friends that we’ve had throughout the seasons of our lives. Rarely have the friendships “ended,” rather our lives shifted and distance and time got the better of us. It takes effort and communication (with any relationship), but I think all too often...
The fear of cancer recurrence is a weighty burden that everyone with cancer has to carry. Some personalities lend themselves to dealing with the anxiety better than others, but the truth is that we are not born knowing how to cope with cancer.
Because we have come a long way in cancer treatment, a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. But for many, it becomes a life sentence. Even when you beat it and go into remission, the anxiety of the 6-month appointment or the yearly scan can be all consuming. The fear of cancer recurrence is a weighty burden that everyone with cancer has to carry. Some personalities lend themselves to dealing with the anxiety better than others, but the truth is that we are not born knowing how to cope with cancer.
stress relax image for cancer blog
Did you know that April is national Stress Awareness Month? Did you know that was a thing? I didn’t. I couldn’t tell you why April was chosen to represent stress. Maybe it’s because (at least here in Delaware), April holds the last unpredictable push of winter that has overstayed its welcome, and everyone feels on edge waiting for sunshine. Or…it’s probably because April is tax month. Nevertheless...
Amanda blog couple on beach
Love in Longsuffering I see you. I know you. I am you. I know that you are in agony, you’re overwhelmed. You feel out of control, yet you feel like you don’t have a right to own this pain. You don’t have cancer, right? No, but you do have to watch someone you love suffer. It’s not your story, but it is…it may be a little different; but your feelings, your pain, and your part in this are valid and...
Fight or Flight Cancer Blog Fed 2018
Everyone has that moment in life that is burned into their brain—the exact instant frozen in time—the place, the smell, the people, and the words. Many patients say that the moment when they received their cancer diagnosis is forever embedded in their memory. But what happens after that? How do you cope in that moment of life-changing news? How do you know what to do next? Processing a Cancer...