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The other side of a diagnosis

Susan Cornett

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When I was diagnosed with cancer, my friends/family were by my side every step of the way. They offered help, went with me to chemo, listened when I cried, brought us meals. In short, they were awesome. I had so much on my mind that I didn't think too much about what they were thinking. I wasn't tuned in to their fear for me. 

Two weeks ago, my oldest friend called to tell me she has stage 3 kidney cancer. We discussed her treatment and I asked the practical questions that cancer survivors think to ask. But once we got off the phone, my jaw hit the floor. I just sat there dumbfounded, not knowing what to do. It was odd being on that side of the diagnosis. I'm still in shock but know that she'll be okay. She has a treatment plan and a great support system. 

I'm tired of this cancer nonsense.







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