As many of you may know, one of my biggest cancer “pet peeves” (nice pun since today’s post centers around my pets) is the positive attitude thing. You know the one. The one that implies if you just stay positive enough, you can beat cancer.
Umm, no, obviously this is not true, but still the subtle message is out there, unintended or not.
This does not mean I am a pessimist or a negative person. I’m neither. As I keep saying, I think of myself as a realist.
Just for fun, and OK maybe to brag just a little about my dogs, today I’m sharing an article I wrote (about optimism no less!) that was recently published in Animal Wellness Magazine.
I’m mentioning the positive attitude thing because if you choose to read the article, you will notice that under the photo it says, “Sophie and Elsie help the author maintain a positive attitude.”
When I read that, of course it rubbed me the wrong way… I know, I know. I’m too sensitive, but I can’t help it.
I only inserted one teeny-weeny sentence about my cancer in the article (it was even in parentheses) and lo and behold, the editor made the leap to the positive attitude thing…
So just a head’s up, those particular words were the editor’s words, not mine. Editors always have the last say. I would have said something slightly different…
Below is the link if you’d like to read about “optimism of a different kind.” If you do, I hope you enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing it.
Do you have a special pet?
Has your pet helped you cope with cancer, or any difficult situation?
(Am I too sensitive?)
Reprinted with permission of Animal Wellness Magazine. @2009, www.animalwellnessmagazine.com