Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Breaking The Silence

Being diagnosed with cancer has never been easy for anyone. In fact, the mere mention of the word is enough to make people want to turn their eyes away. What more if you are the one who is left with no choice but to live with it.

The initial revelation would be really shocking. Then, soon after, the enveloping despair sets in. As with the variation in people's personalities, we cannot expect all cancer patients to react in the same way despite having to live with the same dismal reality. Some of them may be vocal about it. Others, however, would just let silence pervade as they try to hide their pain from the rest of the world. But apart from the physical perils of having cancer, the other big risk patients have to consider is the threat of depression.

Silence has its merits. But in the case of cancer patients, choosing to bottle their feelings becomes a serious threat. When emotions run high, keeping it in would only weaken a person even more. Although cancer patients might find it hard to resist the compulsion to keep their hurt to themselves, this is not the best time to be solitary.

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