Support Tools: Healing With Words

Therapeutic Writing and Brain Tumour Patients

Expressive writing can help brain tumour patients and family members cope with the diagnosis. Expressing oneself through writing can be a very therapeutic and effective way of :

  • Releasing strong emotions and innermost feelings
  • Organizing thoughts
  • Identifying what needs to be addressed
  • Taking control of one’s diagnosis
  • Listening to one’s own voice

You can choose to write in a variety of forms including:

  • Journaling
  • Blogging
  • Writing poetry
  • Story writing
  • Keeping a daily or weekly diary
  • Recording important events or milestones

Recent research has shown that expressive writing or journal therapy may be an alternative source of healing in cancer patients and it can boost mental and physical health in patients. Writing down one’s thoughts and feelings is a very individual experience. Some people may write pages and pages, while others find writing only a few words or sentences helps them greatly.

You can write down whatever is on your mind, in whatever way you choose. You might choose to keep your writing to yourself while others want to inspire and help others through their own writing journey.

Some stories and blogs of brain tumour survivors and their family members who have found healing through writing can be found here. You can get started today but submitting your story.

Another way to share is through the Hats Tribute. Each hat and story represents the many faces of brain tumours - and the unique experience for everyone. Each hat belongs to a diagnosed patient who has taken the courageous and life-changing journey with the disease. Included with many of the hats is a story which shares the personal triumphs and challenges of the individual affected by a brain tumour. The process of writing these stories can be very therapeutic for patients, survivors and family members.  Some examples include survivor Gary,  or Christine, who shares her mother's story. You can write your story or the story of loved one and share it with a contribution to the Hats Tribute here.

You can also find people expressing themselves through short bursts of writing through the micro-blogging tool Twitter, you can find many by searching the 'hashtag' #BTSM (that stands for brain tumour social media).


For more information about support on the journey with a brain tumour, please contact us:

Cheryl Bauer
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 400

Todd Goold, RSW
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 237


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