Here’s Why Cancer Survivorship Becomes Lonely

Here’s Why Cancer Survivorship Becomes Lonely
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer There's a well-kept secret you'll discover on your own about living as a cancer survivor. Most of us learn this painful lesson after many unsuccessful attempts to receive understanding and support from our healthy friends and family. A cancer survivor asked this question in a cancer support group: "Does anyone ever feel like they're alone in life?" One person answered: "Every day."  Another answered: "All the time." At some point in the journey as a cancer survivor, I believe everyone feels some degree of isolation or loneliness. I remember the first (and last) time I shared how much I hated living in diapers. I thought sharing my experience with a group of women in my church would increase the odds of someone understanding my struggles. The first unhelpful remark minimized what I was going through. A woman said: "Living in diapers isn't so bad." For me, losing urinary control and living in diapers was the most awful, life-changing event in my lifetime. Her remark was miles apart from how I felt. Another woman said: "What's the big deal? It's temporary." Prior to surgery, my urologist warned me that I could be in diapers for the rest of my life due to my pre-existing urological issues. I had no reason to think or believe that living in diapers was a temporary condition, and neither did she. I was annoyed with her attempt to help me put things in perspective when she ha
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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