Cancer: Survivorship and sailing on - Talk and discussion

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Cancer: Survivorship and sailing on - Talk and discussion

Postby Josefine » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:18 pm ... -speyer-1/

“Sailing on...This is at the heart of the big question which confronts anyone given a potentially life-threatening diagnosis. There is of course the wish to survive, and then the accompanying thought: what is survivorship for? How does one regain a sense of thriving in this new world opened up by diagnosis? As Bion said (1982, p.128) the fears can be numberless ‘I see them in the watch-fires of a thousand sleepless nights, for the soul goes marching on’.

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Judith was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and after the initial shock of diagnosis she set up the site which is now an international group built site accessed in 48 countries. In this talk, using her personal story, Judith looks at the concept of survivorship and how post-diagnosis cancer patients can regain their sense of hope and optimism, in order to carry on with their lives and help others in the process. The site was created in order to try to fill a gap in what was available on the Web, and it links too with Judith’s own work over the years as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

The talk will be followed by Q&As and a discussion. Delicious afternoon tea and cake will be served. Gluten and dairy free options can be provided on request. An inspiring and thought-provoking afternoon in an intimate setting.

Dr Judith Edwards is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who has worked at the Tavistock Clinic and elsewhere for over thirty years. She is published internationally, and her Selected Papers, Love the Wild Swan have been published by Routledge in their World Mental Health Series. She has also published a memoir: Pieces of Molly: An Ordinary Life, and is the founder and moderator of

To book your place please contact Josefine and she will send you details. If you have not been to one of Josefine's Salons before or you have not already met, please briefly introduce yourself. Thank you! Email:

Josefine Speyer is the host of the Natural Death Salons. She is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with a special interest in grief, loss and death education. She has hosted salons at her home for many years, also as part of the Natural Death Centre’s educational program.
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