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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160833
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Inner Strength: Women's Experiences of Living with Cancer
Abstract:
Inner Strength: Women's Experiences of Living with Cancer
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Purdue University
Title:School of Nursing
Contact Address:502 N. University St., Johnson Hall of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, USA
Contact Telephone:765-406-9027
Co-Authors:R. Schweitzer, School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;
Statement of Problem: As medical science has developed new technology, medications, and surgical procedures, life span has lengthened. Also, many issues related to quality of life have surfaced: loss of functional or financial independence, living with long-term side effects of lifesaving medications or treatments, and increased uncertainty. The purpose of this pilot study was to learn from the wisdom of women living with cancer who have meaning and purpose in their lives and have found inner strength to persevere in the face of illness. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework: Watson's Theory of Human Caring (1979) is the framework utilized. Watson's framework addresses transcendent elements explored in this group of women cancer survivors. They have been able to maintain a sense of well being through the treatment process and beyond, while finding meaning and purpose in their lives. Participants: The purposive sample consisted of five women cancer survivors, age 25-55, who had been identified as "strong" or "spirited." Methodology: Focus group methodology was used for this pilot study. The group of women was asked to share a brief life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives. Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing. Response were clarified and validated as appropriate. The session was audio taped, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results/Conclusions: Themes resulting from this study included: 1) Life's most difficult and joyous moments in perspective; 2) The meaning of inner strength; 3) Resources for thriving through illness/treatment process; and 4) Importance of spirituality and religion in daily life. Findings from this study highlight different ways women experienced cancer in their lives, and commonalities and unique perspectives on quality of life/inner strength as cancer survivors. This information can increase nurses' sensitivity to women living with cancer and serve as the basis for targeted interventions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInner Strength: Women's Experiences of Living with Canceren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160833-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Inner Strength: Women's Experiences of Living with Cancer</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schweitzer, Roberta, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Purdue University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">502 N. University St., Johnson Hall of Nursing, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">765-406-9027</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">rschweit@purdue.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">R. Schweitzer, School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Statement of Problem: As medical science has developed new technology, medications, and surgical procedures, life span has lengthened. Also, many issues related to quality of life have surfaced: loss of functional or financial independence, living with long-term side effects of lifesaving medications or treatments, and increased uncertainty. The purpose of this pilot study was to learn from the wisdom of women living with cancer who have meaning and purpose in their lives and have found inner strength to persevere in the face of illness. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework: Watson's Theory of Human Caring (1979) is the framework utilized. Watson's framework addresses transcendent elements explored in this group of women cancer survivors. They have been able to maintain a sense of well being through the treatment process and beyond, while finding meaning and purpose in their lives. Participants: The purposive sample consisted of five women cancer survivors, age 25-55, who had been identified as &quot;strong&quot; or &quot;spirited.&quot; Methodology: Focus group methodology was used for this pilot study. The group of women was asked to share a brief life review, and the meaning of inner strength and spirit in their lives. Guiding questions were used to facilitate sharing. Response were clarified and validated as appropriate. The session was audio taped, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using Colaizzi's method. Results/Conclusions: Themes resulting from this study included: 1) Life's most difficult and joyous moments in perspective; 2) The meaning of inner strength; 3) Resources for thriving through illness/treatment process; and 4) Importance of spirituality and religion in daily life. Findings from this study highlight different ways women experienced cancer in their lives, and commonalities and unique perspectives on quality of life/inner strength as cancer survivors. This information can increase nurses' sensitivity to women living with cancer and serve as the basis for targeted interventions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:11:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:11:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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