Be Your Own Advocate

November 21, 2014 10:23 PM

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These are the words my friend used to sum up a recent doctor's appointment she had. This friend was present for every minute of my fight against cancer, so when she found a lump in her own breast she went to have it examined. Her doctor said there was a lump, ordered an ultrasound and mammogram, and sent her home with a "don't worry about it."

Empty phrases like that, along with "I'm sure it's nothing," "God wouldn't give you more than you can handle," and various others are often shared to offer comfort. In reality they usually invite a daydream involving punches to the speaker's face. I understand why the average Joe says them -- it's w...

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