It’s astounding to me still how hearing those three little words, you have cancer, or in my case four words, you have “a” cancer, changes things. Once you hear them, you can’t go back. Your old life, your pre-cancer life, is over. Cancer is one of life’s great divides, at least it has been for me. The words, you have cancer, were first attached to my mother and six years later they were attached to me. My life has not been the same since.
April 29th marks five years since I heard the words, you have cancer, spoken specifically to me and about me. I have been contemplating what to write about this particularly unique, impending “cancerversary” (don’t like that word, but…) for quite some time now. Lots of thoughts are bouncing around in my head and will hopefully formulate into a coherent blog post or two that I will share on other days, but for this day and this post, I will re-share the second blog post I wrote over four years ago in which I wrote about what it was like for me to hear the words, you have cancer, the words that change everything. Five years have passed since hearing those words, so it seems fitting to share them again.
I struggled with taking ownership of the words, you have cancer, five years ago. I continue to struggle with the impact they brought and continue to bring into my life today.
You Have Cancer
If you ask any woman on the street what disease she fears most, she will likely say breast cancer not heart disease, diabetes or something else. No, breast cancer is the disease that conjures up the most fear in a woman and creates feelings of anxiety over body image alterations, illness and even death that no woman is prepared to face.
I was no different…
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How long has it been since you or your loved one heard “those words”?
What’s one way your life has changed since hearing those words?
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