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Guilt: The Hidden Side Effect of Cancer

When asked what emotion a person feels most often when living with cancer as a patient or caregiver, a lot of words come to mind. Sorrow, anxiety, resolve, and desperation are some. Even if you have not faced cancer and were asked the question those words might come to mind. But there is an emotion that comes with the territory that nobody anticipates. It’s guilt .

After 36 years of marriage and the resolve along the way to become a good husband, guilt had not been a part of my life for a long time. yes…..I did some foolish things as a young man. But with my wife’s forgiveness and maturity, any guilt I felt was gone. So it was with a sound marriage and friendship that I entered the world of cancer with my wife.

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