My Personal Cancer Journey — A Stage of Mourning

I am still bothered by the article that appeared in the Johnston Sunrise on Thursday, April 11, 2013. In retrospect, I realize that I was simply going through one of the normal stages of mourning. The article crystallized the fact that another chapter of my life has ended, a part of my life which was extremely important to me. Thus, the loss of this piece of my persona is a form of death, and I am simply mourning the passing.

It makes me feel so much better to understand that what I was experiencing is normal and may happen again and again as I go through the remainder of my life. I am sure that there will be other occasions in which I will feel similar loss. I may be saying a “final” goodbye to a family member or a close friend; I know that events like these will affect me deeply. At least I know now that the feelings are okay, that they are typical and appropriate, and that I will recover.

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