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Found out my close childhood nextdoor neighbor has the big C and my mom called me for support, but my siblings don't know yet :( glad she told me, but sad and wish I could talk with my siblings. It's not my place to share - I shouldn't even know - but woof it's a lot to process solo

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The first thing I would so is call my sister and tell her not to tell anyone but....siblings are like spouses. You can tell them secrets and it doesn't count.

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You’re a good friend for caring. I’m recovering from cancer now. It’s not necessarily the death sentence it once was, but certainly she will go through a lot. Having supportive friends message me online was comforting. There is a lot of downtime during cancer treatments.

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Cancer? How bad?

That’s so hard. I hope things go well for her!

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One childhood friend died of colon cancer in early 2019, another is in very bad shape with rare bone cancer, and the sister of another close childhood friend died within 4 months of diagnosis of bone cancer in late 2019. I am only 32. It has been very hard to process. I hadn’t been close with any of them in adulthood, but it really shook me. Take time for yourself. For a while I felt silly for being so torn up about it since we weren’t close in adulthood. Your feelings are valid and I hope you can talk with your siblings about it soon.

Thank you - also I lost my cousin to bone cancer in high school so I know how ugly and hopeless that diagnosis feels. Hang in there

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