Thursday, May 5, 2011


Maggie, a woman in our cancer support group, told a touching story yesterday.

She has breast cancer of a type similar to what a friend had. The friend died after a particularly unpleasant course about twenty years ago, leaving a young daughter, Amy.

Maggie had been reluctant to see Amy, fearing she'd reignite Amy's memories and her fears of going the way her mother had. But they did meet recently, and after they'd spend some time together, Amy said, "You're going through this differently than my mother did. It seems to have made you stronger and more dignified. Watching you, I'm no longer frightened of breast cancer."

I've heard that there's more than one of us on the planet so we can be examples for one another.


  1. Breast cancer treatment has changed in the past 20 years - new treatment options and better facilities. There's hope for better outcomes, and I think this contributes to a change in everyone's attitude, including those of medical professionals and patients. I was treated with dignity and courtesy during my treatment, treated as a partner in the healing process. Patients respond to positive treatment.

  2. So true, Anne. The cancer world has seen steady humanitarian progress.

    One reason I got into this field in the first place was the experience of watching several relatives go through cancer in the 1950s and 1960s, when the word itself was hardly mentioned. They didn't just suffer from cancer, but from the terrible silence around it, and that needn't have been. As you wrote, look how far we've come.

  3. Oh thats really a heart touching story. I hope this should not happen with any body else.