Journal Getting Started
The Journal has been designed to allow for several different ways to journal. Journaling can be done by:
- Classic free-form writing: open an empty “page” and typing whatever comes to mind
- Facilitated writing: allow CanSurround to provide a thought-provoking question to stimulate self-exploration
- Photo journaling: Record inspirations, events or the journey by uploading photos from your mobile or desktop.
The Checklist Main Page
The Checklists in this feature are designed to help you understand cancer care within the health care delivery system. Some may be more applicable to you depending where you are in your cancer journey. The checklists do not need to be used in any particular order. Click any checklist that you think is pertinent to you and explore away.
Navigation Within the Checklists
Within each checklist you often have the ability to click on different areas for more information, but it is not necessary if that area does not interest you.
You also have the ability to “check off” items on the checklist that you feel you have completed or understand.
Links within the checklists: in some checklists there are links to other resources. Clicking on these links will display the resource in another window. CanSurround will remain open in the previously existing window
Thought Inquiry Getting Started
Thought Inquiry is a simple yet powerful process that teaches you to identify and question the painful thoughts that cause you stress of any kind. It’s a way to understand what’s hurting you, and to address the cause of your problems with clarity. CanSurround’s Thought Inquiry feature is based on “The Work” of Byron Katie. This process has helped millions worldwide for almost 30 years.
CanSurround has adapted “The Work” into an online format that walks you through four questions and a turnaround and invites you to see (and listen to ) the answers shared by others who have taken their stressful thoughts through the inquiry process. Thought Inquiry allows you to work on one thought at a time.
Thought Inquiry Selecting Thoughts
The next screen will offer you a selection of common stressful thoughts often associated with the cancer journey. These may be the thoughts of a patient, their caregiver, loved ones or friends. Simply read through the thoughts and notice if any resonate with you. Are you currently believing any of the thoughts listed here? click on the thought and the facilitated process will begin.
Thought Inquiry Process
You will have an opportunity to:
- read the thought inquiry and the answers from others, with intermittent, optional invitations to write your own answers to the questions and rate your distress
- listen to an audio version of the thought inquiry by clicking the orange play button or
- scroll though the written words as you listen.
Support Network Getting Started
Strong social support has been shown to reduce stress and improve health care outcomes. We invite you to add up to 5 supporters (your friends or family) to participate in your experience on CanSurround. Your supporters will be able to view only the parts of CanSurround you have chosen to “Publish” to them. They will be able to comment on or “like” what you have published. Supporters will also be able to see your other supporter’s comments or likes. Supporters will not be able to see any parts of your CanSurround that you have not published!
Inviting Supporters & Publishing
Journals are a great place to write down your thoughts and emotions. Share them with your supporters or send them to the vault.
Checklists are a great way to organize, think, and learn about everything you need throughout your process. Your progress will be stored here.
Thought Inquiry is a process of reviewing your frame-of-mind and converting negative ideas and feelings to positive ones. Give it a shot, you’ll be surprised.
Your support network is a vital aspect to your recovery and healing process. Invite 5 of your closest supporters to join you in your journey.