Cancer strips you bare. You may lose body parts, hair, friends, libido and, along the way, your sense of identity. Here are some voices on the topic: Book:…
Cancer simply wears you down. How do you cope with cancer as a chronic disease? Here’s some reality and inspiration:
Blogger: Susan Gubar
Blog Post: More Life to Be Lived
“Occasionally I feel so worn down by the exigencies of cancer and of aging that I believe the time has arrived to face the end, though I dearly wish to be proven wrong…
Note: please take the time to read the comments to this post. Many are from other people living with cancer and they are very moving.
Blogger: Ronnie Allan
Blog Post: Keep Your Light Burning
“Neuroendocrine Cancer can damage or take our body parts, cause us pain and discomfort, disrupt our lives through constant treatment and surveillance, giving us much uncertainty and anxiety in the process. It will most definitely try to kill us. Despite that, we must keep our lights burning as bright as we can. The flame of hope never goes out.”
Blog Post: Does It Ever End?
“When, exactly, do we “get over” this? At what point does the calamity of cancer lose its potent punch? I’d like an ETA on the return of peace and tranquility. Can someone please tell me when to expect an easing from the powers of the cancer calamity? Because I need to know that at some point, cancer will no longer upend my day like a sucker punch and leave me reeling, wondering why I feel as I’ve been run over by a truck.”
Blogger: Linnea Olson
Blog Post: How many ways can cancer break your heart?
“Loss was a word that soon figured largely in our everyday existence, with bodies that suddenly looked and felt very different as cancer became part of our identity on both the meta and purely physical level.
Stress and anxiety—our finances, interpersonal relationships, jobs. Everything was suddenly at risk.”
“It’s hard to explain to someone who has no clue. It’s a daily struggle being in pain or feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside.”
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