According to breast cancer support groups and patients themselves, these 10 questions are best avoided. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's how to avoid putting your foot in your mouth-and for cancer patients, how respond to inappropriate questions. From The 10 Best Questions for Surviving Breast Cancer: The Script You Need to Take Control of Your Health, by Dede Bonner, Ph.D.
1. Did I tell you about my Aunt Sally who got breast cancer last year and who dropped dead less than two months later?
One of the most universally despised and most common Worst Questions involves telling a long shaggy-dog story about someone else's cancer, especially one with a tragic ending. Aunt Sally has nothing to do with anything except maybe it's the only way the listener can relate to breast cancer at all.
But in essence, an Aunt Sally story allows the listener to hijack your right to talk about your personal experience and feelings. So just when the listener is trying toRead More »from 10 Questions Not to Ask a Breast Cancer Patient