• It is often said that when one person gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer. That's because it affects everyone around us.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, June 7, 2019

    It is often said that when one person gets cancer, the whole family gets cancer. That's because it affects everyone around us.

    I have had discussions with people when I've been advocating for cancer research funding and sometimes they say they haven't had any experience with cancer. But, if you look at your immediate and distant family, close friends, and coworkers, your cancer affects several people. Just as an exercise, count how many people that are in your life that your cancer has affected. I can count about 20 people that my diagnoses have affected in one way or another.

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    • BugsBunny's Avatar
      BugsBunny

      I can count 14 people in my immediate circle that it has directly affected. Others outside that circle may have done a favor for us, or dropped off a meal for the family. But as for directly affecting, which I take to mean change their life in some large or small way, I have 14.

      5 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      All of my friends, my family, even a few of my doctors that I have gotten close to, have all been affected in one way or another. For me it is well over 20 people who have been impacted by my illness.

      The only positive is that I can help my mom as she proceeds through the same diagnosis, and also answer questions in here sometimes.

      5 months ago
    • Created07's Avatar
      Created07

      My oncologist, who had already been through 2 cancers with me, cried when he told me about non-hodgkins. He called 3 or 4 nights a week on his way home just to see how I was. Many friends and family were impacted during the 4 cancers I had. With the first one, endometrial, 2 of the grandsons were 5 and would have been terrified if the 'C' word had been mentioned concerning their nana. I sincerely hope the Hope I lived has made an impact now that cancer is no longer a word we use daily. There are going to be mountains in their future. I hope when they come, (I pray not cancer.) they are able to draw from the strength they saw in me. I think sometimes we forget the opportunity we have as soldiers on this terrible journey to show the way.

      5 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      I would say well over 20. My family mainly. But there were several friends and co works effected too.

      5 months ago
    • VictorbutleAY's Avatar
      VictorbutleAY

      Including my immediate family, a few of my distant family that have been good enough to stop by and take an interest in our situation, and my work family that has definitely been affected, I will say 24 people. I might be missing a couple, but these have for sure been touched by my cancer.

      5 months ago
    • Bonecrusher's Avatar
      Bonecrusher

      32 including Grandkids, we have lots of grands. But they have been involved and affected by our diagnosis. I agree that everyone in the family gets a little taste of cancer, indirectly, but they do get it

      5 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar
      petieagnor

      I agree that cancer affects the whole family in some way whether it be directly or indirectly. So far, only my husband & daughter are effected. Others may be indirectly affected, but not really inconvenienced.

      4 months ago

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