Putting Pen to Paper

High school friends who wound up at the same college: the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

High school friends who wound up at the same college: the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Writing scores of poems and countless different pieces throughout my cancer battle softened the blow of what was going on around me. Then, I read this article in one of my psychology textbooks in college that I certainly agree with, despite naysayers. I LIVED IT FIRSTHAND.

I’m merely posting a tiny tidbit of the article, titled “Writing to heal,” but you can click on the link to read the whole thing. http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun02/writing.aspx

“Writing to heal”

By helping people manage and learn from negative experiences, writing strengthens their immune systems as well as their minds.

By BRIDGET MURRAY Monitor Staff

June 2002, Vol 33, No. 6 Print version: page 54

Writing is no stranger to therapy. For years, practitioners have used logs, questionnaires, journals and other writing forms to help people heal from stresses and traumas.

Now, new research suggests expressive writing may also offer physical benefits to people battling terminal or life-threatening diseases. Studies by those in the forefront of this research–psychologists James Pennebaker, PhD, of the University of Texas at Austin, and Joshua Smyth, PhD, of Syracuse University–suggest that writing about emotions and stress can boost immune functioning in patients with such illnesses as HIV/AIDS, asthma and arthritis.

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