I'm very excited to hear that you 've put in a request and soon,
you will have an option. Sometimes, we have to go to more than one
studio to find the 'fit'.
Yes, it is 'normal', but normal does not mean that it feels good, or that others reactions are healthy! There's a difference between healthy and normal. Like divorce is fairly 'normal' for our society; does that mean its healthy? You know what I mean. It might be healthy. And, it might not be healthy. My point is, that though it is normal for people to have strong reactions (fear, anxiety, surprise, pity), it isn't healthy (for us or for them).
No, you are not alone in this experience. One of the reasons I continue to advocate, speak up at most any opportunity, is to bring more awareness that there are millions of survivors (about 2M I believe) and you can't know who or where they might be.
One member of a colon cancer listserv, who is newly diagnosed, wrote that he was afraid to tell his employer. He doesn't even have his whole
diagnosis or treatment plan! Unfortunately, this is fairly normal as well, but totally not a healthy social interaction. He was given many opinions on how to handle the situation. I don't know what he'll do, but this is another topic.
Okay...time to make a meditation for my friend, Brian, who is having trouble sleeping. Another common experience....
Yes, it's all common to have unusual reactions to the telling people
that 'you have cancer'. I wanted to put it in writing and am glad you
added a comment. Hopefully, many more will identify and understand
they are not alone in this aspect of 'the cancer experience'.
Natural Solutions magazine had a cover story of breast cancer and
complementary/alternative treatments (many newstands have this
Thanks for reading and commenting.
My sister is a nine year, stage II breast cancer survivor, she is on the site"Linda Di Carlo" and "Andra Young" is a YB member now in radiation therapy. It helps to have contacts!
Have you found yoga in Chicago? YB has some studios there!