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You Are Not Alone A Practical Guide for Maintaining Your Quality of Life While Living with Cancer You're Not Alone

Compassion - III. Psychological And Emotional Support

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Compassion is the desire to diminish or eliminate the suffering of another. It involves our inner spirit, how we feel towards other human beings, and how we act to support them during times of trial and difficulty. Acting with compassion requires giving of yourself, your warmth, your inner strength, to help sustain another. People who are ill often find that their sense of compassion is enhanced by their own suffering and that feeling and expressing compassion for others becomes a sustaining force for them. Compassion for oneself, especially in a time of great difficulty, can also be a powerful healing force.

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