Cancer hit me with guilt the moment it came into my life. Even now, six years later, it's still part of my cancer experience.
Tag: survivor’s guilt
What Are You Struggling With?
The triumph can't be had without the struggle. Wilma Rudolph In the five years since my cancer diagnosis, I've struggled with a lot. At first I struggled alone with loneliness, anger, survivor's guilt, fear, body image and grief. Even though I had supportive friends and family, no one really understood what I was going through. It took some time but, eventually, [...]
Empathy, Connection & Healing for Cancer Survivors
https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw You need to watch this video. It's less than three minutes long and, trust me, it's worth every second. I'll wait right here until you get back. I'm so glad you watched the video. Now we can talk. Brene Brown is my favorite academic. She's a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College [...]
Love & the Vastness of Cancer
For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan The greatest gift of WWGN for me is my interaction with you. Sharing our stories tears down, brick by brick, the emotional wall we inevitably hit on our cancer journey. A WWGN reader left a powerful comment that eloquently sums [...]
Look Good … Feel Better
As a graduate of Look Good ... Feel Better, I want to share this with you because I've experienced the power of LGFB. Initially, I didn't think it would help me feel better because I didn't have chemotherapy or radiation. I felt ugly when I looked at my naked body, which no amount of make-up [...]
Running on Empty – Coping with Cancer Stress
Army of Women Wednesday – How Andrea Mitchell Reminded Me That We Are All At Risk
Today I have to talk about the firestorm ignited by Andrea Mitchell, who announced that she is “now among the 1 in 8 women in this country -- incredibly 1 in 8 -- who have had breast cancer." She went on to say that, "For you women out there and for the men who love [...]
Cancer Survivor’s Guilt & Its Ugly Cousin
Someone finally said it out loud. I’ve been thinking it since my diagnosis and, finally, someone actually said it. She was an older woman, who was obviously upset and angry about her battle with ovarian cancer. We came together while I was manning a table in the lobby of the cancer center with Sarah Mandel. We [...]