The importance of support and community. I can't get a conversation I had with my dad out of my head. When my maternal grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer (far too young), being that he was in the medical field, he did research and knew there was no treatment. He read he had months to live. He told his wife, my mom and dad and he never spoke about it again. No one in my mom's family mentioned the word cancer until his death 3 months later. He just went on as if he wasn't sick and kept working, treating his beloved patients until his body wouldn't allow him.
In addition to the earlier tragedies in his life of losing his parents at a young age and devastatingly, his oldest daughter, I can't imagine the burden and trauma of not talking about being diagnosed with a deadly cancer.
Fortunately, we have come a long way from hiding cancer diagnoses. It's why support groups, advocacy, education, friends, community and loved ones are so crucial for anyone diagnosed (and their families).
No one should have to go through cancer alone! It takes a village of support, advocacy and love!