The purpose of this narrative is to recount my personal journey with bile duct cancer, focusing on the experience during a 12 day in-patient stay on a surgical unit. The surgery, the Whipple procedure, consisted of the removal of the bile duct and gallbladder and small parts of the liver, pancreas, and stomach. Within this narrative I examine the role of recreation and leisure during the in-patient recovery process, with an emphasis on the role of casual leisure (Hutchinson & Kleiber, 2005). Casual leisure allowed for the buffering of stress and maintenance of aspects of my personal identity. Implications for CTRSs working in oncology are discussed.
Author Judith E. Voelkl
Volume Vol 42, No 4 (2008)