This afternoon we were taking Buddy to "Dog Park" and one of my former yoga students, Janie, was there with her dog, Angel. We started talking about how others react
when you tell them that you have cancer. Some people actually look frightened, and it takes every bit of calm to stay centered. We agreed that it may be best to
chose who we tell, especially in the beginning. Janie said it took her two weeks to say the word "cancer".
There were times during treatment where I didn't want to hear the word cancer and I took "cancer vacations". I simply said, "I'm on vacation," and my family and friends knew not to ask me any more questions about how I was feeling. It helped me have some control over my emotional space.
If you have a furry friend, tell them first that you have cancer. They will understand.