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Perhaps the best we can do for people who are dying isn't a pep talk - it's just to listen

Sarah Carey


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Hurt: ‘The guilt some women suffer, that their sadness, anger and terror in the face of their diagnosis might make their cancer worse, isn’t fair’

Hurt: ‘The guilt some women suffer, that their sadness, anger and terror in the face of their diagnosis might make their cancer worse, isn’t fair’

Hurt: ‘The guilt some women suffer, that their sadness, anger and terror in the face of their diagnosis might make their cancer worse, isn’t fair’

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Thankfully, I have not been directly touched by this disease.

But I've often observed breast cancer culture and wondered how helpful it is for everyone. Breast cancer culture is dominated by two p's: pink and positivity, as well as the usual war metaphors of battles, fights and survivors.

Many women and their families gain strength from this approach but others resent it. So the Marie Keating Foundation and Europa Donna Ireland asked me if I'd speak to an online gathering of its metastatic breast cancer group this week.