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Dr. Geret Giles

Dr. Geret Giles is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  He received a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Giles works with individuals, adolescents, children, and couples suffering from a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties.  He is often asked to address psychological issues for large groups in the community.  He has the reputation as a knowledgeable and engaging speaker.  In January of 2007, he lost his best friend to cholangiocarcinoma.

Ask Dr. Giles: I’m angry at my parents’ friends who have done nothing to help them

Lisa asks: Dr. Giles, My father is close to the end with this disease after about 6 months of being sick. I am so grief stricken and angry. The grief is overwhelming at times and I think things like, it would be better if we all died the minute we were born rather than live…

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Ask Dr. Giles: How do I move past the “what if’s”?

Tiffany asks: Dr. Giles: I’m fighting CC. I have a friend named Liza that is also fighting cancer (liver). She and I were friends before cancer. She is only 24, and I’m 30. Liza isn’t doing good. In fact she is about to die. How to I protect myself while show support to her family?…

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Ask Dr. Giles: How do we even begin to deal with this?

Cindy asks: My mother was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma in June 2007. She has surgery to remove a tumor the size of an orange in the right lobe of her liver. She then underwent 9 chemo treatments. In June of 2011 she was diagnosed with stage 4 cholangiocarcinoma that metastized to her lungs and lymph nodes,…

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Ask Dr. Giles: My niece doesn’t know the extent of her cancer, should we tell her

A Concerned Aunt asks: Hi, My 29 year old niece was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma about 2 weeks now. The doctors here in PH told us it already on stage 4 and surgical procedure is no longer an option. My niece is all in high spirits though we see her health deteriorate day by day. My…

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Ask Dr. Giles: What emotional support can we give our brother

Angela asks: Our offers to help our brother-in-law and his family seem empty but very much appreciated by them. We live an hour away, so its difficult to assist with coordinating meals, errands, and pick-up/drop-off for their daughter. We’ve hosted mass intentions for him, but feel that’s about all we can do. What emotional support…

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Ask Dr. Giles: My husband glares at me and doesn’t speak to me as if he’s angry.

Charlotte asks: I am a 67 year old female with CC diagnosed in Jan 2010 and doing very well from a cancer perspective. I am having a lot of hip pain requiring a walker so my husband has to help with carrying laundry up and down stairs and going to the grocery. He says he…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I’m scared that something will happen to my husband and I’m not ready

Missy asks: My husband Kevin has cc and won’t do chemo any more. I want him to do chemo and the natural healing stuff together because I feel go at it with both. He tells me chemo isn’t a cure. I’m honestly not convinced that naturally is. My husband is a very strong man but…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I was involved in the beginning, but now I feel like a spectator

Courtney asks: My Father has survived one year so far after surgery for Klatskins CC. He has had non stop complications ranging from infections, to bleeding ulcers, to anorexia type behavior…I am 7 hours away and my step mother is his main caretaker. It is very complicated and confusing to try to keep up with…

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Ask Dr. Giles: My cancer is gone, but I don’t know how to regain my joie de vie.

Donna asks: In late 2007 I was diagnosed with cancer. Originally it was described as adenocarcinoma, stage 4, terminal. I had been going to the DR for 4 years complaining of pain and/or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Lots of blood work was done but nothing was identified. In August of 2007 I say a…

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Ask Dr. Giles: I worry that I may be pushing my grandmother too far

Courtney asks: My grandmother has cc! I was raised by my grandparents, I just recently lost my mother of a heart attack she was 44. My grandmother is such a strong woman and has had surgery, right liver resection portion of left all that goes with that. She did complete i round of radation and…

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