Chronic Sorrow in Stage 4 Cancer: A Spiritual Challenge

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Living with Stage 4 cancer impacts how individuals conceptualize themselves and how they conduct their everyday lives. Within this synopsis, I describe my experiences living with progressing Stage 4 breast cancer. The construct of chronic sorrow is applied to my experiences. I suggest that grief and chronic sorrow are largely spiritual issues and give examples of my spiritual practices. Finally, recommendations are offered for healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Patient Experience
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan. 2024


  • cancer
  • challenges
  • clinician–patient relationship
  • spiritual/integrative care


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