Hi, Samantha. I firmly believe that we need research in all aspects of cancer, including the psychological and emotional aspects - I benefited from psychotherapy earlier in my own illness cycle, and I could do with some more at the moment.
However, I was EXTREMELY disappointed to see that your internet survery was entirely US oriented. Did it not occur to you that the internet and cancer are global things, not everyone is North American, and you could have been reaching out to a larger audience here?
I am actually shocked and angry. You could usefully have gained information here, but you have chosen to limit your studies to the North American population only. You do not state that in your survey preamble. I can quite understand that as a student you need to set limits to your study: but I believe these limits are simply due to in-built suppositions that, really, the USA is the only country that exists. If that is not the case, then you should have had the basic courtesy to state your project scope (limitation) at the outset.
The good side of that is that is has made me feel so angry, it's taken my mind off wanting to cry because I think I'm going to die in less than 5 years. So you can give yourself a big pat on the back. Great counselling. Walk into the room with a massive set of preconceptions.
Oh - one of the effects of coping with cancer can be making people rather short-tempered and over-sensitive because they don't have much in the way of emotional walls left. You might want to remember that one. Also, I'm British, we suffer from excessive sarcasm. You might need to deal with that too.
If you're lucky, the moderators will moderate me.