WE ALL NEED TO FIND OUR TRIBE—EVEN WE LONERS!
We’ve all heard the saying “it takes a village” when applied to child-rearing. I would submit that this same idea applies to life and, particularly, dealing with a terminal illness. Now, as an introvert, I subscribe to the onion theory of relationships, i.e., the closer anyone gets in a relationship to me, the smaller the circle. When I was diagnosed, I had that onion pretty well established, but I realized very quickly that I needed to create a new category. Reaching out for support to strangers creates a great deal of anxiety internally for me, so that was not easy.
One thing I’ve learned over and over in the two years I’ve been living with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer is that having a group of supportive metastatic men and women to turn to is not just a helpful thing, it’s a necessity. When I encountered issues with women diagnosed…
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