Has anyone ever introduced you as ”my friend with breast cancer?” What? How did everything about you crumble into a two-word description? No longer are you a teacher or an engineer. You’re not a chef, stay-at-home mom, student, or banker. You’re a cancer patient. Of course, you are still a mom, dad, or a teenager playing your music too loud. But now there’s a tag line: with cancer. It’s not just annoying, the way labels limit you. It can start to shift how you see yourself. And that makes it as unhealthy as junk food. (More so.) A therapist can help you work out these feelings, but here are some tips to make you feel more like your WHOLE self.
So the next time you hear someone refer to you as”the one with cancer” remember who you REALLY are.