Just a Moment: Pivotal Points in the Cancer Maze
Presented by Jeff Tirengel, PsyD, MPH
About the Lecture
The stories that we tell ourselves about cancer can affect our experiences of the disease. Our personal answers to such questions as, “How should I live my life now?” can influence our moment-to-moment thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiology. Although each individual diagnosed with cancer has a unique path through the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual challenges associated with the disease, we also have some points where our paths converge. This presentation will offer a framework for making sense of the commonalities and differences in our stories about our cancer journeys, with illustrations from books, movies, and the presenter’s own experiences as a psychologist, cancer patient, and family caregiver.
About the Speaker
Jeff Tirengel, PsyD, MPH is a Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He also directs psychological services for the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Dr. Tirengel began his career in Washington, DC, serving public and private organizations including the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the National Association of Community Health Centers.