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Posts by Elizabeth Papautsky

Survivor, Breast Cancer

Words Have Power

by Elizabeth Papautsky September 20, 2023

Research shows that the statement “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is untrue. Words not only influence how we feel but how we experience the world around us—our reality. They can lift us up or bring us down and even cause harm (e.g. bullying).

Thus, they can be a source of great power, but also, of incredible disempowerment.


We Don’t Just Have Cancer. We Have a Whole Life to Live.

by Elizabeth Papautsky January 13, 2020

When asking about a potentially overwhelming side-effect of an impending new medication, my nurse told me, “Don’t worry until you get there.” OK, I get it. I just didn’t die from breast cancer. I’ve had worse. But come on. Let’s do better. Let’s have a conversation.