“Welcome to the Conversation”

Welcome to JUSTin Time: The Power Behind a Red Door! The primary topics this blog will explore are bereavement and grief as related to the cancer community.

Bereavement, for the purpose of this blog, is directly related to death. However, it’s important to note that grief does not only occur after a death, though that’s how most people associate the word. Grief is more generally “a cause of deep sadness, ” according to www.merriam-webster.com.

Therefore, for someone with cancer grief can be experienced:

  • At diagnosis;
  • As side effects due to treatments take away independence;
  • When others see you not for who you are, but for what kind of cancer you have;
  • When allowing family and friends to become your caregiver;
  • And more.

For caregivers, grief can be experienced:

  • At diagnosis;
  • If a poor prognosis is relayed;
  • When you see others doing things in their daily lives that you can not longer do with your spouse, parent or child;
  • And more.

So why am I the author of this particular blog?

I’ve been a member of Gilda’s Club since 2008 as a family member, bereaved, intern, group facilitator and president of the Associate Board. I’m committed to the mission of Gilda’s Club and wish to provide “support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer.”

Think of this blog as an extension of the various groups you may belong to at Gilda’s Club, or the workshops you’ve attended. It’s meant to engage anyone reading it in conversations on topics that are scary and difficult to talk about – bereavement and grief. So give me your feedback and ask questions. In turn I’ll be asking questions as well, and hope you’ll have the courage to answer.

Welcome to the conversation.

– Kelly Hendershot