7 Tips for Coping with The Fear of Cancer

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“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”  – Gilda Radner

Earlier this year, I was talking with my dear friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer and one of her biggest fears was not knowing what would happen next. Although I haven’t had cancer, I’ve had family members who’ve had it and other illnesses and truthfully other life situations where we didn’t know what would happen next.

I remember telling my friend what I tell many of my coaching clients when they’re struggling with the unknown. There are no guarantees in any of our lives. Anything can change for the better (or obviously otherwise) in a moment. But, there is a perception that we somehow have control over our lives when we’re perfectly healthy or employed or married. As we all know, that is not the case.