Sunday, August 03, 2014

Holding your head high in the face of adversity

Bush Babe, aka Amanda, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. You may be able to read her latest post without tearing up. I could not. So many, too many, women face this so often. While thinking of Amanda, there are many going through the same treatment without the marvellous support she has.

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  1. That was beautiful. And yes, my eyes leaked too. I love that she has the love and support of many - and wish it was universal.

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    1. EC, I think the support services are quite good, but it may be a case of knowing about them and asking, rather than them just happening.

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  2. Andrew, great post. What an amazing and supportive village is. I think that small communities are better than bigger ones. They much more suppportive than anonymous bigger ones.
    But sometimes to live in a small community is too dificult because people are so nosy. Each community has its own pluses and minuses but in seriuos illnesses smaller are better.

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    1. Gosia, people handle such things in different ways. Some want to be left alone, as our Hair Dresser Friend did when she had breast cancer. She stopped contact with friends and dealt with it on her own, and reappeared once she was ok again.

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    2. Gosia - you are right. I have no hope of 'disappearing' here... LOL. You just have to wear that and I DO miss that about the city. A little anonymity is a lovely thing sometimes. But the upside is a tsunami of help. :-)

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  3. Oh Andrew - now YOU are making MY face leak!! Thankyou so much - and yes, there are many support services, most of which I have yet to reach out for. That's my weakness really - reaching out. I really need to learn how to do it... luckily my village gave me no choice these past few weeks. And know that I am very well - I started this race WELL ahead of the game. Not all are so fortunate. Much love. BB xx

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    1. I, and I am sure many, are very pleased to hear that BB.

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  4. I haven't read Bush Babe's story yet, but when I hear about these things I'm always astonished that people have to find out for themselves all the supports they may be able to access. Why aren't they told by their doctors and hospitals? it doesn't seem fair. If a person doesn't know about any help available they will just suffer more, needlessly.

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    1. I agree River. There should be people in hospitals to direct patients to whatever support services are available. It happens all too often that people say, 'I didn't know there was support group', and similar.

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  5. I imagine many hospitals are like the one I volunteer at which has a dedicated Breast Care Manager who sees and assists every breast care patient in addition to all the care and treatment they receive from the medical and nursing staff. These patients receive wonderful attention and support.

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    1. Clearly though Victor, some fall through the cracks, but I suspect it is not at large public hospitals. Just another reason to support our large public hospitals.

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