by Rachel Lozano, Living with Cancer
Survivor Guilt: condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves to have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not… -Livestrong.com
A couple of close friends, that I met through cancer circumstances, have passed away in the past year, and it reminded me of a topic that I have been asked about fairly often. People ask me “Do you have ‘survivor guilt’ and how do you deal with it?”
by Mikala Edwards, Cancer Survivor, Caregiver
Cancer was something I identified with only when involved in various charity walks and fundraisers. Until I was faced with my brother’s cancer diagnosis I had no idea what it all really meant, including caregiving. In September 2009 I became a long distance caregiver for my big brother. He was 25 – a newlywed, and most importantly, a new dad – when diagnosed with testicular cancer. Watching a sibling go through the diagnosis and treatment process of cancer was devastating. I was the 23 year old little sister attending college and only worrying about my next weekend adventure. It was difficult for me to fully understand and grasp exactly what a cancer diagnosis meant and the role that I would play as a caregiver.