Lived experience of survivors of leukemia or malignant lymphoma

Lena Persson, Ingalill Rahm Hallberg

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    Individuals (n=18) in remission from acute leukemia or highly malignant lymphoma were asked to narrate their lived experience of falling ill, of being under treatment and life following this event. The transcribed texts were analyzed from a phenomenological-hermeneutic perspective, expanded by their medical and social history as related in interviews. The analysis revealed three themes: (1) Believed in life, fought for it and came through stronger, (2) Life went on, adapted and found a balance in the new life, (3) Life was over, felt out of control and lost belief in life. Participants in the first two groups viewed their quality of life as improved and stated that the struggle had been meaningful and that the experience had made them grow, as a person, related to the experience of gaining new insight or strength. The third group of survivors viewed their quality of life as decreased. They found no meaning in their experience and evaluated the situation with bitterness. To help people retell their experiences may be one way of processing the experience of the disease and treatment and to regain a balance in life.             

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)303-313
    Number of pages10
    JournalCancer Nursing
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • Lived experience of cancer
    • acute leukemia
    • malignant lymphoma
    • quality of life.


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