Words Matter

Words of support and encouragement from friends and family mean so much and I’ve been blessed with so much support from family and friends and even casual acquaintances.  Emails, cards, phone calls, message board posts and Facebook messages that seem to come just when you need a lift.

But the words from your health care providers are the ones you hang onto and I have been as blessed with my medical team as I am with family and friends. Being referred to as healthy when you are being treated for cancer, being told you did nothing to cause this, reminded of your (relative) youth, not being talked down to, feeling like  you are in control of your own healthcare all help you to feel like a person with cancer instead of a cancer patient.  That might seem like a small distinction, but to me it’s huge. And it matters.



  1. The martini effect · February 19, 2012

    Discovered your blog after you started following mine. Thanks for finding me. You are right about the power of words. I remember feeling as though I was wrapped up in a bubble of goodwill when I first got diagnosed – and it continued – and it saw me through all my treatment and now I am well on the road to recovery.
    Wishing you well. Clarex


  2. friendforlifecancersupport · July 10, 2013

    It’s amazing how small, simple actions can make a great impact. You’ve really hit the nail on the head here, I think – and feeling like a person with cancer instead of a cancer patient can maybe make all the difference in the world for someone. I’m so sorry for the losses and hardships you’ve experienced since your journey here began, but I greatly admire your strength. Ever remain mainelyhopeful.


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