Do You Know the Members of the Cancer Committee Inside Your Head?

Do You Know the Members of the Cancer Committee Inside Your Head?
As kids, we were taught to say: "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me." When tears are in your eyes and you're feeling crushed by a cruel remark, you discover the truth. Words have the power to cause long-lasting harm. That's the reason it's important to familiarize yourself with the committee inside your head that speaks to you about your life as a cancer survivor. I've heard a lot of unhealthy and relationship-damaging advice from some of my committee members. Despite my warnings, they continued to share their thoughts and opinions until I gave them their pink slip and fired them. These are persistent folks who travel far and wide seeking to join the committee of every cancer survivor. I'll introduce a few of my committee members so that you can accept or reject them if they come to you asking to join your committee. Wendy Worrier: Her favorite time to visit is at nighttime. She enjoys keeping you awake when you'd prefer to sleep. She carefully evaluates the challenges you face and presents you with the worst possible outcomes. Her specialty is fomenting recurrence anxiety. If she can take away the peaceful and calm moments of your journey by focusing your attention on the possibility of your cancer returning, she's got you exactly where she wants you. Debbie Downer: If you were dying of thirst in a desert and you stumbled upon a life-saving oasis, Debbie Downer would appear and say that your experience in the oasis was miserable because of a lack of ice. No matter how successful your treatment is, if you have any unpleasant side effects, Debbie Downer will focus all of your attention on the negative aspects of coping with cancer. There is nothing positive that can or will happen to you that she can't ruin with her n
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