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What’s with the Good Cancer?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, I’m sure you’ve heard the term “good cancer.” How does it make you feel? Personally, I’m not the biggest fan. When someone uses that term, I do my best to educate people about why it’s probably not the best thing to say.

After watching my video, do you understand why this term could be offensive? Have you been told that you have the “good cancer” before? Sound off in the comments! 🙂

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  • Ann Harper moderator
    2 months ago

    @radiant-racheli I too have been told that and it definitely minimizes what I have gone through so far. In addition, I’m in watch and wait mode. I have no visible outward signs of cancer presently, but inside, the cancer is growing and spreading. I don’t make a big deal out of it but when I go for my scans it would be nice to hear some words of encouragement. I absolutely feel blessed with the gift of time, but no cancer is a good cancer. Some are just more treatable than others. I thank God for that because my daughter, like you had Hodgkins and she’s well now. Good advice, and as always – thank you for sharing.

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    2 months ago

    @radiant-racheli The only good cancer is the one that comes with a horoscope, and even that’s not so great all the time (reserved and introverted? Yeah, don’t think so BuzzFeed quiz). It’s always the second question they ask though. Great vid as usual. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

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