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Survivor Guilt

RachelLozanoby 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?”

 

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Guilt: Caregiver to Survivor

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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.

 

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