A-Z of Blogging: A is for Anger #AtoZChallenge

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26 posts. 26 days. 26 letters of the alphabet, one blog post beginning with each letter.

As I mentioned in my weekly round-up, thanks to JoAnn for alerting me to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I’m jumping into things a week late, but I’m excited to join in and that’s what counts.

A is for Anger

Feelings of anger are difficult to avoid on the cancer path. It’s a perfectly normal response to the crap you are going through.

Anger at the diagnosis and how it has interrupted your life.

Anger at how your body will never look the same again.

Anger at the pain in your body, nausea from chemo, the neuropathy in your fingers and toes… the list goes on and on.

My greatest anger is focused on the fact that we’ve lost so many beautiful women in this community. I’m so angry at this disease for taking them from their friends and families and leaving a huge hole in the world.

I’m angry at the brain tumor that stole my Mum away from me like a thief in the night; and the medical team that misdiagnosed that tumor stealing precious time from her family.

I’m angry that my oncologist never told me about chemo-induced fertility; that I had a brief window of time in which to preserve fertility before treatment begins. And because he never told me, I live with the pain of infertility every day.

So much anger.

And yet underneath all this anger, I know there is grief and an ocean of sadness.

How do you cope with cancer anger?

I wanted to be able to finish this post by sharing some wisdom about how to handle cancer anger, but honestly, I don’t have anything wise to say beyond knowing that anger is a perfectly valid response and the first step is to acknowledge this. So I’m turning it over to you. How do you cope with cancer anger?

Can you share any advice with readers today?