A great piece about survivor guilt was recently written by an acquaintance of mine, Rachel, for the Cancer Knowledge Network. I saw her speak at a conference in St. Louis and then was fortunate to meet her in person a few years later at CancerCon. She is a somewhat shy and soft spoken person, with a heart of gold. Being a young adult cancer survivor who has gone through cancer since she was a teenager, Rachel has seen friends come and go in her life. Many of us can connect deeply with the complicated feelings of loss when a young adult cancer friend dies. We start to question why we remain while our friend has gone. Rachel, in her wisdom, has a powerful outlook on survivor guilt.
“I keep persevering and surviving because that is what they would want.”