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October 02, 2018

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Hello Hines! I stumbled on this blog as I was searching for a way to describe “new normal” and why it sets me on edge. I hate it. Perhaps because as you say, I did not consider myself normal before I had cancer. Coming out of that period was hard enough without people telling me to be normal, but accepting of the radical changes that happened to me.
So what people are trying to tell me is that I need to settle for how things are after cancer. Settle into accepting that my body, mind, and work are vastly different from before cancer. It’s like you say, no one uses a happy accomplishment to say welcome to your “new” normal. As if they are still in the old normal. Or more likely that people don’t think these life accomplishments stick around and change a person forever. It is all worth thinking about. Thank you for giving me some substance for my thoughts.

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