“I Love Pumpkins”: The Role of Therapeutic Recreation in Oncology
Keywords:Oncology, Cancer, Therapeutic Recreation, Casual Leisure, Self-Protection, Self-Restoration
AbstractThe 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.
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