As you definitely already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But let’s be honest: Women who have survived or are living with breast cancer are aware. They’re aware of the pink ribbons, the support walks, the research–and they’re aware of the fact that most people just don’t know what to say to someone with breast cancer. So, in the spirit of raising awareness, we asked survivors of breast cancer what they wanted never to hear again.
Because even well-meaning people can sometimes be stumped when it comes to what’s appropriate, what’s comforting–and what’s just way too personal or kind of offensive. And when we asked around, we got a lot of responses. Some are from women you may have heard of (like Stef Woods, of City Girl’s Blog, documentarian Dee Dee Ricks, and interior designer Leslie Ezelle), while others are women just like you who are fighting the disease.
Here’s what they had to say.
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