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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