Just weeks after being asked to create a program to help patients become more confident when first diagnosed with cancer, someone very close to me was told he had the dreaded disease.
His cancer had been caused by Barrett’s esophagus, a serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Now, here’s the sad thing: It’s not only hereditary, but some of his siblings knew about the disease (they already suffered from it), but yet, never warned the rest of the family.
Meaning: This cancer could have been prevented.
It amazes me that the tendency is not to share this type of information. What’s that about?
Stupidity? Procrastination? Anxiety? Not thinking? Privacy? Don’t like talking about it? What???
So here’s the first step in handling cancer with confidence:
Don’t be avoidant—Share information!
You actually gain strength when you focus not only on how you can help yourself, but others as well.
After seeing what this man has gone through, stop the avoidance.
Whatever your excuses, I don’t care—Share!!!
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan