A matter of life and death

Renée Tanner

Tim and me

We found out my husband had cancer several years ago, back when the kids were very small.

It didn’t bother him all of the time. But there were days he suffered. Mostly in silence. We had jobs and kids and dreams to chase. Cancer was an uninvited distraction.

Finally, I persuaded him to go to a doctor. The doctor confirmed the cancer diagnosis — mild, at the time — and prescribed treatment: medicine and therapy. The medicine cost us quite a bit each month. My husband didn’t like how it made him feel. Also, he didn’t want anyone to know he went to therapy. A strong man going to therapy would reveal a crack in the foundation. He assured me he could push through without treatment. I believed him.

Years passed, and the cancer progressed. Slowly. Quietly. We lived our lives and raised our children as best we could. Sometimes…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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