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    Question: Survivor's Guilt

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    19keightyfour asked a questionHodgkin Disease

    Survivor's Guilt

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      MelRobelo

      Yes. I often feel...not necessarily "guilt", but definitely a sense of questioning WHY I survived when so many others do not. I know people die every day. I am grateful that I survived. BUT...that doesn't stop me from feeling confused, overwhelmed, a little guilty at times, because the picking and choosing of who lives and dies seems so random and unfair. I was "lucky" enough to get a cancer with a high survival rate. The odds for me were always 90% or greater. I was in chemo with people who knew their odds of DYING were 75% or more. I mean....why is life so unfair? And why me? It's hard to comprehend.

      about 4 years ago
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      WonderKitty

      I have to say that I mostly feel greatful that I was "blessed" with a type of cancer that was, for all intents and purposes, cureable. I know it has a chance of coming back, but for the most part I can live my life cancer free. I feel greatful that I was not as sick as most, and that I have recovered faster than some.

      about 4 years ago
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      DaveWaz

      19keightyfour,

      Hope all is well. It reminded me that we posted an article this week on Survivor's guilt and how WhatNexters themselves have learned to cope with it. Perhaps you will find it helpful if you are still struggling with those emotions.

      http://www.whatnext.com/blog/posts/feelings-of-survivor-s-guilt-and-15-ways-to-cope#disqus_thread

      Best wishes,
      David

      almost 3 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Port removal!): I took a gamble by having my port removed so soon after treatment, but I hated the way it felt and wanted it OUT!

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      FreeBird

      congratulations, and hello. I like your Orwellian name.

      about 4 years ago
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    Celebration (Finished treatment)