Moving past the grief helps heal

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By Kay Kerbyson

It was only when I was unpacking my hundredth box that it occurred to me that moving house is similar to having cancer.

It’s a major upheaval in your life: a time when there are new challenges, new people and new environments to deal with.

For instance, when I heard the word cancer come out of my doctor’s mouth I burst into tears, and then cried for another two months every time I thought about it. The same thing happened when my husband told me he wanted us to leave Los Alamos.

Both were life-changing events.

I wished both, at the time, weren’t happening. And both were the start of a long grieving process.

With a cancer diagnosis, you are thrust into a totally unfamiliar world, new clinics, doctors you didn’t even know existed and a world of chemicals you can’t even pronounce.

 In the same way, a new town has meant new people, new physicians and yes, even new chemicals. Trichloro-s-triazinetrione, and Hydroxyethylidane-1 to name but a few - just to keep my pool running!

With cancer I became an expert in blood chemistry, now I’m becoming an expert in water chemistry. So in the same way that I’m experiencing a new life in a different town, someone diagnosed with cancer is thrust into unfamiliar territory too.

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