• Have you dealt with survivor's guilt?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Thursday, October 24, 2019

    Have you dealt with survivor's guilt?

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    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Chiefjal's Avatar
      Chiefjal

      Yes, and still do. I attend Support Group meetings. As a survivor of 911 related cancer, it's disturbing hearing and seeing my fellow first Responders dying every day from 911 related cancer.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      I don't feel guilt. I feel anger, at times rage, that a fine , good, necessary person has been taken for no other reason than "luck of the draw". Cancer is completely indiscriminate and it thoroughly sucks. As for 9/11 responders, their altruism and the price many of them have and will continue to pay, deserves every American's deepest respect and gratitude and empathy.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Coloman's Avatar
      Coloman

      I didn't know what it was, I've not been diagnosed for very long so I didn't know what was happening to me. I have felt sad when I've seen some that were diagnosed after me and died almost right away. UUgggh, maybe this won't stay with me all my life.

      almost 2 years ago
    • DanielD's Avatar
      DanielD

      Off topic, Greg, but thoughts are with you for tomorrow's dental appointment.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I’ve never felt survivors’ guilt. I’ve felt sadness, but no guilt.

      @Chiefjal, Bengal said what I, too, feel about the 9/11 First Responders.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      I felt it when I was between bouts of active cancer. It happened mostly when I went for regular check ups, bloodwork or yearly scan at the cancer center. When I walked in and saw people who were so sick and I felt great gave me pause. I thought to myself that I didn’t belong there, but I had to remind myself that I actually did belong there to keep feeling well and being grateful for that every day.

      almost 2 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I feel really sad for all of those we lose to cancer. We say good bye to so many in the lung cancer community. There have only been a few times when I felt survivors guilt. Once was after a good friend died only a month or so after being diagnosed. I told his family about my guilt feelings and they impressed on me that i should never, ever feel that way just because God has chosen to keep me here on earth longer than some others.

      almost 2 years ago

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