So, here are my two most recent finds:
- Find #1: this article - What Your Friends with Cancer Want You to Know
I think it covers a truly important set of topics regarding what we, as patients and survivors, don't tell our friends and family. It is, however, those very things we don't talk about that are the most important to share with our support systems.
But, what I like the most is the straightforward way in which she addresses the reasons why cancer patients fight like they do. I always got frustrated by those who called me inspirational and brave because, "frankly" as the article's author said, I did not really have a choice. With cancer, it's literally do or die.
"Our fight is simply a willingness to go through treatment because, frankly, the alternative sucks. Strength? We endure pain and sickness for the chance to feel normal down the road. Brave? We build up an emotional tolerance and acceptance of things we can’t change. Faith kicks in to take care of the rest."
- Find #2: In this video, the American Cancer Society has a good summary of issues you may encounter when returning to "real life" after cancer treatment and provides some supportive comments on how to make that transition positive for you.