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Cancer, Finitude and Life Configuration

By Vladimir Chrz, Ivo Cermák and Veronika Plachá

Abstract

Cancer is a radical confrontation with the finitude of human being. The aim of\ud our research is to understand the experience of women who survived breast\ud cancer. The sample consists of seven women with a diagnosis of breast cancer\ud who participated in the Mamma-Help program. We used narrative interviews\ud to obtain a spontaneous articulation of this critical point in the women’s life. In\ud our paper we deal with the breast cancer experience of women from the\ud perspective of the whole. We pay attention mainly to how the experience of\ud this disease is configured by narrative means such as figures, plots, or life story\ud genres. The particular life stories suggest that confrontation with the finiteness\ud of life is a key tool for narrative configuring of the woman’s life. We also\ud found that a substantial aspect of narrative configuration is the stipulation of\ud some sphere of influence over, active participation in, and responsibility for,\ud the progress of her life

Topics: BF, RC0254
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4912

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