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Full story: is.gd Expressive writing or journaling is a method of therapy that has been used for many years. Patients with asthma, cancer and other chronic conditions are encouraged to write about their thoughts and feelings. This therapy has been studied extensively; results of those studied have been mixed, Susan Bauer-Wu, of Emory University, explains. Background In her new book, "Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion and Connectedness," Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor of nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, offers practical guidance on using mindfulness meditation for coping with physical pain and life changes or when faced with serious conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease or caregiver stress. Links "Emory Expert Offers Tips for Coping with Life-Threatening Illnesses in New Book" (news release) shared.web.emory.edu "Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion and Connectedness" (book) www.newharbinger.com Susan Bauer-Wu (profile) whsc.emory.edu