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In the World of Cancer, Words Matter

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As was the case when my wife and I learned she had stage III breast cancer, a diagnosis is devastating to patients and their immediate family members.

Our mental health was pushed to the limit in handling the associated shock, fear, and grief. Journalist Alexandra Glorioso fittingly wrote about her own diagnosis, “…whatever cancer isn’t doing to [the] body, it’s definitely doing to [the] mind.” Friends and acquaintances of the afflicted naturally wish to provide words of hope and support during these dark times.

It’s important to understand that cancer families need to be heard, but not dismissed; helped, but not told what to do or how to feel; empathized with, but not defined by their cancer.

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