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The Bubble – Life Comes to a Screeching Halt Because of Cancer.

by Angie Giallourakis, PhDCaregiver, Founder of Steven G. Cancer FoundationMarch 2, 2020View more posts from Angie Giallourakis, PhD

Can I keep working?

What do you mean I might be too weak?

What do you mean my immune system will be susceptible to germs?

Will I have to leave school?

What about my athletic scholarship?

I have to stop playing tennis.

Now what?

This really sucks.

Good thing I am still under my parent’s medical insurance.

What would happen if I didn’t have insurance?

I need to move out of my apartment?

What do you mean I should move in with my parents?

Not my parents.

Maybe my friends will let me stay with them.

My friends have a dog, and I am allergic to dogs.

Oh my God I really have to move in with my parents.

I feel like a little kid back at home.

Mom keeps asking “are you okay?”

Dad doesn’t say much.

I wonder what he’s thinking.

My boyfriend broke up with me.

Everything is falling apart.

I feel so alone.

My friend Jules is having a baby.

Will I ever have children?

Who would love me now?

My life has come to a screeching halt.

I feel like I am going to loose my mind.

What is going to happen to me now.

I need to get through these freaking chemo treatments.

I am stuck in this hospital.

I hate this.

I wish everyone would let me chill.

I need to act strong for my family and friends.

Of course I am fine, why wouldn’t I be?

I need help but don’t know how to ask for it.

I want to live.

Is anyone listening to me?

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