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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Breast Cancer Makes Us Thankful

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Having breast cancer is an experience that changes you. It can strip away pretense and artifice, leaving only honesty and integrity in relationships. It can focus your fears. Betty Ford noted that cancer strikes not only the body, but also the spirit. When we are faced with our mortality, our true self is revealed. And we may become grateful for things which we previously took for granted. Here are some things for which breast cancer makes us grateful.

Relationships Valued, Tested and Proven

A Swedish study of breast cancer patients reported that their "relationships became more valuable" during and after treatment. Any life-threatening illness can affect your family members, coworkers, and friends. Breast cancer tests the strength of your relationships, shattering those with hidden cracks, and cementing others with shared adversities. Women have lost connections with spouses, partners, and friends during a round with breast cancer. They may have trouble facing mortality or dealing with loss. Fortunate indeed are those of us who find that tough times bring us closer to family and friends. Like survivors of a war, we find out whom we can lean on in the battle and in peace.