Did your friends, family and neighbors struggle with how to talk to you after your cancer diagnosis?
Cancer can be a touchy subject. It dominates patients’ lives, but does not have to dominate their relationships.
Cancer patients strive for normalcy, but many times, the people around them — even the people who love them the most — struggle to find the right words to say.
Their loved ones want to show that they care, but are unsure of the boundaries when it comes to conversations about cancer.
“Is it rude to ask about his/her condition?” “Is it rude not to?” Many people tiptoe around cancer patients in fear of saying the wrong thing.
To shed some light on this mystery, a young adult cancer patient shares his thoughts on the matter.
This active-duty Navy serviceman, currently receiving treatment for stage IV lung cancer at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, discusses his take on the “right” and “wrong” things to say to cancer patients.