Existential challenges in young people living with a cancer diagnosis
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing, ISSN 1462-3889, E-ISSN 1532-2122, Vol. 24, 54-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: In Sweden, approximately 500 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. When someone is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, existential issues are easily triggered. Young adults are in a developmental phase of life and are exposed to an extra amount of pressure. The Internet and social media are a daily part of the life of young adults and the use of blogs is common. The aim of this study was to elucidate the theoretical framework of Yalom and his four 'givens' expressed in blogs written by young adults living with various cancer diagnoses in Sweden. Method: This study used a qualitative method in which written stories from six public blogs were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: The findings offer valuable in-depth knowledge about the existential issues in this population. The results can be described as a journey with several existential challenges and with death as an impending threat. The bloggers' awareness of their mortality was described as creating a sense of loss and existential loneliness. Conclusions: This study shows that young adults are empowered by the writing of blogs and that blogs can play an important part in increasing wellbeing and a sense of coherence within this population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 24, 54-60 p.
Cancer, Existential needs, Quality of life, Rehabilitation, Young people
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13421DOI: 10.1016/j.ejon.2016.08.005ISI: 000393541200008PubMedID: 27697277ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84985937241OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13421DiVA: diva2:1080733