Is it possible that using the word “Hope” in relation to a cancer experience might send a mixed message? Like our recent conversation about the word Support, hoping for the best for a patient is of course intended as a positive way to show our care and best wishes to anyone going through difficult circumstances. But is there also a suggestion that our hope shows us to be quite passive – that hoping means we cannot actively affect outcomes? While there is always a limit to what we can do, is hope something that merely emphasizes these limits to those we wish it on? Or is our hope, and the hope of a patient, actually essential to a positive outcome?

This month we’ll be discussing this word, and all these different ways it can be understood. There will be new perspectives posted every few days, so please check back often. Please join our conversation, with a comment on any perspective, or by suggesting other words we can discuss in the future, by clicking the “participate” button below.

Hope is rather false

William K | Patient |

Good topic.

Sorta like motherhood and apple pie. Gotta have hope, don’t we? Parents name their children “Hope”. Churches promise that we will have it if we will just believe.

But what is it, really? Continue…

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The Power of Hope

Beth H | Family Member |

When I think about the word hope as it relates to cancer I can’t help but think back to my dad when he had cancer. We didn’t expect the diagnosis and once we accepted it there was no question that we hoped for the best in that year that followed.

Hope was essential to my dad and Continue…

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