Article written by tambre

I help cancer survivors and caregivers to move from surviving to thriving.

10 responses to ““I have cancer” ~ Turning 3 Words Into 3 Actions”

  1. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA

    Tambre:
    Great post. I know your specialty is cancer, but I would extend your statements for almost any of the major diseases.
    One of my business associates (41 y) just had a stroke. He needs help and affirmation.
    Another friend is about to begin a lifetime of dialysis (unless a transplant develops).
    Another had a ureter failure- which led to the determination that three masses posterior to the kidney’s exist.
    We need to be there for our friends and relatives. Hugs and listening are one thing; helping with transport is another; discussion of alternatives… the list goes on.
    As Tambre said- turn your thoughts into actions…You may be among the next on the list.

  2. Roberta Budvietas

    The hardest words to hear too are you have cancer. Cancer is scary. Some diseases are scary than others and one challenge many of us have is we don’t know what to do when we hear those words. Action works. Learning more helps. And probably more important with any disease is to help the person keep faith and hope alive.
    Oh and when the doctor’s told me I may have cancer and I told them they were wrong – I was right. Thank God.

  3. Diana Simon

    Hi Tambre,

    When I was told the news, I honestly felt the floor underneath me disappeared and broke down. Slowly I was able to digest the news but the effects I believe were even more traumatic for my husband. Even though it was challenging for him, he supported me and stood strong for me. I am so appreciative of him!

    I also got support from family and friends, all of which helped me through this period!

    Support makes a world of difference :)

  4. Hajra

    I have a little cousin who was diagnosed with cancer at a very young age and his parents never told him because of the trauma it would hit him with. The sudden thought of “death” was too much they decided. But then after lot of persistence they told him and the courage shown by a 11 year old was admirable and very brave. Though he has been treated and is well now; there is a lack of trust the young man carries on; he feels people are not telling him the right diagnosis.

    So, the first step is to tell the truth. Every one is hit by the trauma; even a heart surgery brings a lot of mental strain but the right way to cope with it should also be suggested.

  5. Jen Puckett

    Wow, I did not know those statistics. Thanks for being a great resource for those in need of support and information.

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