|This is just not true all the time, OK?|
But here's a wonderful post from another blogger, who expresses it much more eloquently than I did. Reblogged here with her permission.
Thank you Woman In The Hat!
Anger surfaces in everyone at some point. It’s not that we like being angry, but anger is a human emotion that has its place. To deny it because it doesn’t feel good, or doesn’t make us fun to be with or live with or even to live with ourselves is to suppress a valid human emotion.
I’ve noticed on a couple other blogs some “correction” in the comments of the poster’s anger. I haven’t experienced such comments personally, although when I started this blog, I had in mind that my blog would be a positive, healing, fun place to be. Imagine my surprise when I saw my own anger surface in a few of my posts. Yet, I didn’t censor myself because it felt like it needed to be said.
Certainly there is an inappropriate expression of anger. Anyone who’s been the recipient of the wrath of a rage-o-holic knows this. But cancer gives one plenty to be angry about, and justifiably so. To tell a person her anger doesn’t serve her, that she’d be better off choosing to be happy, doesn’t help. Perhaps that’s true, but jumping from A to Z doesn’t mean B and C aren’t there, even if they’re swept beneath the carpet.
No one will experience every reason why cancer patients feel angry, but I’m fairly certain if you identify with one, you’ll likely identify with a few.
A Few Good Reasons for Cancer Patients to be Angry:
- Your body has been mutilated and deformed by surgery
- You’ve lost some level of function as a result of surgery or other treatment
- Loss of attractiveness, even if just for a time, even if just perceived
- Loss of energy and stamina
- Your life has been disrupted, interrupted, put on hold, losing time and years you may never get back
- Forced alteration of lifestyle due to debilitating symptoms
- Inability to work
- Inability to perform at work at pre-cancer levels due to residual effects of treatment, both physical and cognitive
- Inability to work during treatment but working anyhow due to finances
- Diminished quality of life and inability to enjoy life due to all of the above, i.e., too sick and/or fatigued to socialize and therefore being shut in
- Diminished libido and low concept of self as a sexual being
- Loss of fertility
- Strained relationships
- Broken relationships, including estrangement from friends and divorce from spouses
- Strained and broken finances, even bankruptcy due to high cost of medical expenses
- Foreclosed houses resulting from an inability to work or the high cost of medical treatment
And you sometimes feel like:
- A medical experiment gone wrong
- Your body is as an old, worn-out junk car
- You’ll never be your former self
- Your emotions and psyche are scarred and you don’t know how to heal
- Your experience is trivialized, downplayed or discounted by others
- You’re judged for not bouncing back quickly enough
- Your day-to-day existence has been reduced to the struggle to survive
- Too many of your peers are dying from the disease
- Your days are numbered
- Even though you’re 20, 30, 40 or however many years old, you feel you’ve prematurely entered old age.
As children, our parents forbid us to talk back “in that tone of voice.” As adults, we silently fume at employers, swallowing what we really want to spew back at the boss. It’s that or risk the loss of your job. We surround ourselves with religious or spiritual beliefs that tell us that anger is sinful, negative, poison to the soul. We constantly filter ourselves. Is it any wonder some people erupt inappropriately? Talk about a buildup of pressure.
“Righteous anger” is often depicted in sacred texts, such as the wrath of God in the Torah or Jesus turning over the money tables in the Temple in the New Testament. Can you imagine if Jesus’s friends said to him, “Hey, man, whoa, whoa, whoa! Whaddya doing? You really need to put a lid on that, maybe take some anger management classes. And really, what good are those childish displays? Trust me, you’ll be a lot happier if you just accept what you can’t change and choose to be happy.”
Angry people effect change in this imperfect world. Do you think even in his passive resistance that Gandhi didn’t feel incensed about the injustices in his day? We often hold up as models civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks. You think they weren’t angry?
Angry people are in pain. Pain needs to be expressed through healthy outlets; otherwise, it’s bound to come out in any number of inappropriate ways such as venting on undeserving people. I can’t think of any better way to express anger or pain than through the arts. That includes painting, dancing, music, writing, poetry, and more. I would not stifle those expressions. If they make you uncomfortable, you don’t need to subject yourself..........
.....Those who express their honest feelings publicly, such as in a blogging platform, give expression and voice to others. There are few things as satisfying as knowing that someone else knows how you feel, that someone else gets it and it’s not just you. We feel affirmed.
And really, if you can’t express yourself freely and honestly in your own blog, why bother?"
My blog is therapy for me. Also I hope to help those who are newly diagnosed as well as those who, like me, are having big time issues with the whole hair loss thing & all who read the blog. And it's also a way to keep those who care to know about the what's what with the bc, & with me & mine, informed & in the loop. And, as mentioned in my previous post today, as my Oncology appointments loom ever closer, this is important for some.
Thanks so much Woman In The Hat for letting me reblog ya! =)