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What to Say – and What NOT to Say – When They Tell You They Have Cancer

So many of us don’t know what to do or say when we find out someone we care about has cancer. My ongoing experience with breast cancer has given me an opportunity to find out first hand what was helpful, and what not. Before I get to my list of what NOT to say to...

7 Tips to Share From the Cancer Closet

Now that I’m out of the ‘cancer closet,’ I’d like to share some of the tips I picked up from the experience. None of this process is fun, but it can be less difficult. 1. Get the deodorant before it’s necessary. The day before radiation treatments started one casually mentioned to me that most deodorants...

Why I’m Coming Out Of The Cancer Closet

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer. There was no anger, no “why me?” I went straight to self-blame and a list of what I didn’t want. I didn’t want people to know. I didn’t want people who love me to hurt. I didn’t want to be called a ‘cancer victim.’...