Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dr. Rick Wirtz's Posts

The Elephant in the Bedroom, Part 3

Over the past two weeks I have addressed some of the physical issues that are involved in the sexual difficulties of individuals with chronic illness. This week I want to mention briefly another of these common issues and then touch on some of the emotional issues that have to be tackled.Among the physical difficulties is an often over looked... Read moreChevron

The Elephant In The Bedroom, Part 2

Although we know so much more about serious, life threatening diseases than we used to there are still many unanswered questions and many myths and fears that live on unnecessarily. We might find ourselves laughing at the idea that cancer is contagious and could be passed back and forth between people, but trust me, if you have had at least a... Read moreChevron

The Elephant In The Bedroom

Having cancer or any other chronic illness brings lots of changes to our lives. In fact, not very much is left unchanged once we have received the diagnosis and undergo surgery or treatment. So it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that our sexual lives will be affected!Let’s face it, we have such a hard time talking about sex and negotiating... Read moreChevron

Reactions to a Diagnosis of Cancer (Part 3)

During the past two weeks I have written about just a few of the reasons why people some times “shut down” or stop talking about their thoughts and feelings after receiving a diagnosis of cancer or some other life threatening disease. If you are a family member or loved one this can be very disturbing because you have no way of knowing for... Read moreChevron

Reactions to a Diagnosis of Cancer (Part 2)

Last week, in an attempt to address a question that a colleague of mine posed, I wrote about just a few of the factors that may cause someone to not want to talk about their illness and their thoughts and feelings about the process of testing, diagnosis, and treatment. If you missed it, you might want to go back and take a look before you read... Read moreChevron