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Thursday, June 02, 2016

The stranger in the mirror

I can't speak for the male cancer experience, but as a woman, when your hair begins to fall out in clumps due to chemo, there's nothing anyone can say that makes that OK. It's traumatic and you look in the mirror wondering who the sickly stranger is reflected back.

Like so many things with cancer treatment (for example, bone pain), it is something to be endured. So be gentle to those who are in the midst. They have lost something (albeit temporarily) that has been part of of their identity all of their lives. No matter what anyone says, it feels like a loss (of beauty, health, identity, etc.).

Big hugs to the cancer sisterhood. You will get through this.