When Telling Our Story is Inappropriate

If someone is telling you about…

  • their cancer diagnosis
    • They don’t want to hear about your diagnosis or someone else’s.
    • They are only asking you to care enough to listen.
  • their pain or challenges
    • They don’t want to hear about yours.
    • They are only asking you to show concern.
  • how you offended them
    • They don’t want your excuses.
    • They are only asking you to hear and understand first.

A friend recently shared his frustration since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer; “Everyone wants to tell their story. We only want people to care.”

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