“I Am Much More Interesting Than My Cancer”


by Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C

hands-ms-webThis is what one group member recently shared in a face-to-face advanced cancer support group.

I was struck by the way she shared this, self-assured and determined to let everyone know that her cancer was not going to define her. I admired her inner strength and her need to focus on what else she has going on in her life, which is a lot! There is so much more to us than having cancer, yet cancer can be all-consuming, as you well know…doctor appointments, treatment(s), recuperating from treatment(s), managing side effects, not to mention all the other things that come from having cancer. In many cases, cancer is a full-time job.

I would love to hear what makes you interesting…what are you interested in? What do you like to do? What makes you laugh and/or cry? What’s your favorite movie or book? What would you like us to know about you?

I hope this blog post will inspire you to think about you, and all the interesting things that make you special and interesting.

I look forward to hearing your experiences and thoughts.


Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C is an oncology social worker and the moderator of The MetaCancer Foundation’s Mosaic Online Support Community.

The MetaCancer Foundation provides information and resources focused on the unique psychological and emotional aspects of living with metastatic cancer. Mosaic is a free online support service for people living with metastatic cancer and their loved ones.

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