‘Don’t Socially Distance Yourself’ While Going Through Cancer, Says A Survivor

Although “social distancing” has become a common term used to describe the safe distance people keep from others to avoid contracting COVID-19, stage 1 ovarian cancer survivor and teacher Brenda Kowalski reminds patients who may be starting out on their cancer journey that it’s important to not “socially distance” yourself from friends when you need support.

While “social distancing” may be the term used to describe the safe distance people keep from others to avoid contracting COVID-19, stage 1 ovarian cancer survivor and teacher Brenda Kowalski reminds patients who may be starting out on their cancer journey that it’s important to not “socially distance” yourself from friends when you need support.

In an interview with CURE®, Kowalski shared her advice for newly diagnosed patients who don’t know where to turn after receiving such life-changing news. In addition to finding comfort in funny movies, Kowalski explained that it’s important to know when to reach out to friends when you need them most.

“Even though I like to say that we're physically distancing ourselves, don't socially distance yourself,” Kowalski said. “Do not do this alone. Reach out in any ways possible so you can feel the love and they can lift you up on those dark days where you're feeling sad.”

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Again, you know, I hate to say (it, but) with me, I kept thinking (that) this is only temporary, but for some people it's not. You know, unfortunately a lot of people lose this battle, but you have to be willing to fight.

Listen to your doctors. I get through things with humor, so try to find things. I listen to the comedy station anytime I'm running around doing errands, (or) I'm watching funny movies. It's OK to call and text your friends saying, hey, I'm having a rough day, I need a pick me up and they're right there, you know, sending funny memes and stuff.

(Also) you're not alone. You're not alone. Don't go through this alone. Reach out. Even though I like to say that we're physically distancing ourselves, don't socially distance yourself. Do not do this alone. Reach out in any ways possible so you can feel the love and they can lift you up on those dark days where you're feeling sad.

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