Esther reflects on being strong for others and how at times that means letting them help you.
ESTHER STRONG FOR OTHERS
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ESTHER: I’m a mother, I’m a grandmother. I’m a daughter. I’m a sister. I’m a friend and I am a 10-year metastatic breast cancer survivor. Cancer affects entire families and it, it’s not just about the patient. It’s their whole family. And it changes people. It’s changed me. I have been able to let go a lot of resentments… that I have been holding onto and it’s, it’s been freeing actually.
ESTHER: I think both my boys, or at least one of them, mentioned that maybe I had not been, not that I wasn’t being honest with them, but that I wasn’t, I didn’t, didn’t portray the situation as grave as it was. And I think as a mother we tend to do that. We tend to want to protect our kids and not worry them. We want to be strong and show them that, you know, we are strong … we can handle it. As a daughter, I think, I also didn’t want my parents to worry about me. And… it’s, it’s kind of, it’s complicated when you have all these relationships, you want to, don’t want to… you don’t want to let them down and you don’t want them to worry about you. You want them to know that you are strong and you want to be strong for them.
ESTHER: But now in looking back, I know that sometimes being strong is letting them know that you need help and that you can’t do it all by yourself. And I hope when I, when my granddaughter gets older, I hope I can convey that message to her and show her that being strong sometimes means also letting people help you.
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