Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Talking about Cancer

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Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer... a helpful, hopeful book for kids
I find myself telling people I know, care about, and people I know I will see in the next few months.

Yesterday I told our Dr. Beach, our Vet.  Today I told the chiropractor.  I figure these people will see me in a couple of months when I may not look like l do today (understatement.)

Is it that I am looking to avoid uncomfortable or awkward situations? Maybe, but I also believe that when people know what we are facing, they can support us in ways we may not even think of.

Heck, that's why I am blogging about cancer.  The more we talk about things, the more we hope to gain some sort of undertanding.

We are fortunate.  There is not the stigma of cancer that was common in the day when Susan G. Komen, and later her sister, Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure were diagnosed with breast cancer.  I remember reading a story that a neighbor of Susan G. Komen's crossed the street to avoid her on her street.  What she really needed was a hug- I've been getting lots of them.

Thank you.


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

I came here to check on you, Nanci. I will be back and will look forward to hearing some hopeful news after your surgery. Warmest thoughts.

Ellen McVicker and Nanci Hersh said...

Thank you Alyson. Good to hear from you. I am feeling much better now that I have the surgery scheduled. There were alot of unknowns, but I feel confident with this surgeon at Sloan Kettering.

Still Skyping with my Blog Triage Buddies, they are a great source of support as well. Thank yoU!