Does Having Cancer Isolate You? Fortunately, not all people, when they are diagnosed with cancer, suffer from isolation. The sad fact is some do. We’ll get to what that means in a few moments. Most of us have our family around us and friends that show concern for our welfare. In fact, this is an important part of the recovery for a lot of patients.
Chemotherapy is sometimes quite debilitating and help and support is often needed for the simplest of tasks. Cancer in itself can leave you feeling very tired and unable to cope with everyday tasks, so that support is essential and is important in many ways. Physically, emotionally and maybe even financially. However, for some the isolation comes in a different way. Friends don’t seem to call. Relatives are not always around when you need them. Even spouses can find it hard to talk about cancer and what it involves. This is the kind of isolation I am talking about.
In one of my stories the woman writing it used to have lunch three or four times a week with the same group of friends. When she told one of them she was sick and had cancer the woman’s only reply was, ‘it was going to be a nuisance having to find someone to replace her at the lunch table to make up the numbers.’ Needless to say the lady with cancer was shocked at her so called friend’s attitude.