Identities—How We See Ourselves
From Melissa, Moderator of Lung Cancer Patient Group
Often times, a serious, chronic and/or debilitating illness has a way of taking over our lives, or at a minimum, our thoughts. While it is something the group members have in common, there are many, many other aspects to who we are, certainly before lung cancer, and since the diagnosis. We may have wonderful families and friends, but still feel isolated. We may have many blessings in our lives, but still feel depressed. We may have had other troubles in life, with family, work or within ourselves, and still have to find ways to deal with those issues in addition to Lung Cancer.
How do these issues ring true for you, or not? My hope is for our group members to be able to get to know each other as entire people. What would you like us to know about you so that we may know you better and understand your point of reference? Perhaps we have other things in common besides a cancer diagnosis. It might help to know some of those things to feel better understood here, or to be able to use this forum to share and vent!
Please let me know how I can be helpful or if there is a topic you would like to present to the group for further exploration.