“I Love Pumpkins”: The Role of Therapeutic Recreation in Oncology

Authors

  • Judith E. Voelkl

Keywords:

Oncology, Cancer, Therapeutic Recreation, Casual Leisure, Self-Protection, Self-Restoration

Abstract

The purpose of this narrative is to recount my personal journey with bile duct cancer, focusing on the experience during a 12 day in-patient stay on a surgical unit. The surgery, the Whipple procedure, consisted of the removal of the bile duct and gallbladder and small parts of the liver, pancreas, and stomach. Within this narrative I examine the role of recreation and leisure during the in-patient recovery process, with an emphasis on the role of casual leisure (Hutchinson & Kleiber, 2005). Casual leisure allowed for the buffering of stress and maintenance of aspects of my personal identity. Implications for CTRSs working in oncology are discussed.

Published

2008-10-21

Issue

Section

Practice Perspective