Hope - the Inner Strength
- Defines the meaning of hope and its contribution to human survival
- It critically examines whether or not hope is the essential key to survival
- Case studies and evidentiary support of the potentially powerful impact on surviving a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness
- Explains how nurses can harbor and spread hope to their patient
- Distinguishes 'unrealistic hope' from 'realistic hope'
Rather than presenting definite and clear-cut answers, this chapter sets out to explore the premise that hope is complex, multidimensional concept of considerable importance to people with potentially terminal conditions, including cancer. The fact that this chapter raises more questions that it answers suggests that continued questioning of the assumptions underlying this debate is a must for nurses and others associated with those suffering from cancer.
- The Meaning Of Hope
- Is Hope The Essential Key To Survival?
- When The Prognosis Is Not So Good ...
- Nursing The Hope
- Hope As A Reality-Based Belief ... But Whose Reality?
- References and suggested reading