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Oh, my dear, I so feel with and for you. You are certainly NOT alone. I have interviewed and surveyed hundreds of people with cancer and their loved ones who echo the same feelings and experiences. (I wrote a book about what people with cancer want others to know, about to come out in a second edition, which includes the new statement, "I am still me: treat me kindly, not differently.")  

People can and do learn, usually once they take the time and effort to pay attention to why they are behaving the way they are and acknowledge the impact of their words and actions (or inactions).  

I have been working in this field for almost nine years - and have recently begun being more assertive with people about my wants and needs. I find that when I come from a place of love and compassion, my words are more easily accepted and usually welcomed. 

Good luck to you and to your mom. And by the way, I'm an almost nine-year lung cancer survivor and have seen many many people with small cell lung cancer do very well! (I hope you check out the Lung Cancer Alliance, an amazing organization!)

Alway hope,

Lori Hope

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Do you have a story about something someone said or did that was particularly helpful (or not) when you were diagnosed with cancer (or since)? I'm a cancer survivor myself who's conducting a survey to help guide our friends and loved ones through helping us through the treacherous waters of this disease. The survey is anonymous but results will be published in the second edition of my widely read book. Here's the link to the survey and you have until Dec. 13 to answer. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/367413/Help-Me-Live
Many thanks for your consideration and help!

Dana Jennings wrote a brilliant and inspiring piece in the NY Times today, "Life with a Pouch on the Side." I found it so moving, hopeful, and even humorous that I want to share it with you.


Always hope,


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About lorihope

Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell
Emotional Support, Lifestyle, Spiritual Support

I am a lung cancer survivor, author, and journalist who has devoted much of the past 8 years to sharing what I have learned about how to support people with cancer. My top-selling book, "Help Me Live: 20 things people with cancer want you to know" continues to be read, but more important, people are talking about these matters more openly, and for that I am deeply grateful!

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