Let's Talk About It: Breast Cancer (Survivor’s Guilt)

Jun 5, 2024

The question of “Why me?” often exemplifies the experience of survivor’s guilt. Feeling survivor’s guilt is more common than you may think and can be triggered in different ways. Your positive news at a follow-up visit, regaining strength when treatment ends and manageable side effects are all events that may counter-intuitively lead to stress or even shame. Feeling the sting of hurt when others share good news and you feel the anguish of your losses, by comparison, can be hard to acknowledge and know how to manage. The loss of a fellow survivor naturally gives rise to grief which can be compounded by guilt. Let’s Talk About It.

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