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The dumbest things people have said to you/about you

Ok, I know, it might sound mean to make fun of people or call them "stupid" or "idiots". But I am sure that in your journey you had quite a bit of stupid/insensitive or plain dumb stuff told to you. And you wanted to just get those people by their collar and shake them real well (or maybe who knows, just give them a good back-hand, if you could - and you couldn't because of all the surgeries and stuff you were going through). So, venting thread.

I deal pretty well on the "hey, look at the positive part, you get free perky boobs out of this". I might even use the line myself, whenit comes to lift up the spirits of a friend who busts in tears for me and can't stop, so I am the one trying to comfort them.

But the dumbest thing I have heard lately: I have an absolutely great girlfriend, in my circle of friends. While I was in the hospital for the bilateral MX and immediate recon, she came and stayed over, switching with my beloved BF - he was in the hospital at night, she was during the days. And in the meantime she cleaned the house spotless from top to bottom.

She is in quite "between the rock and the hard spot" right now, was out of a job for a year,  living with her parents, and her Mom sems to be quite the bitch and trying to 'get at her" with every occasion she has. My GF finally landed a good job - she starts next week so she hopes in at most two months to be able to be out of there.

To make a long story short, this last week-end, she came to spend the week-end with us.Her Mom (who was always jealous of the closeness of our friendship), when my GF told her she will be gone for two days, said "so, I probably need to get my boobs cut off too to get the same attention from you?". Now, guys, that really hit the spot. I felt the need to call her and tell her that I will be praying every night that we can switch places, as it seems that she is so willing to pay the price.

Ugh! 

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  • hollyann
    hollyann Member Posts: 279
    edited November 2009

    OUCH!.....Yeah, that's pretty mean........I have had people who hear of my illness tell me oh you'll be fine!.....NO!....I won't be.....I iwll always have the shadow of cancer and recurrence hanging over me.......I also have had people tell me I don't LOOK sick so I must not BE sick......Such idiots.......Big SIGH.......Thank God I have learned tolerance.......Otherwise a few people would be missing teeth!....LOL.....

  • Shrek4
    Shrek4 Member Posts: 519
    edited March 2013

    I know so well the "hanging over me" feeling. I had no symptoms whatsoever and was living a happy life. Now, everything, from the slightest headache to the mildest stomach upset is "what if it's from mets?". They have ran my so-called "shared decision making" program at my oncologist. When it says for the 10 years prediction "81% alive, 69% alive and with no evidence of disease", it kind of makes you want to knock off some of their teeth, doesn't it?

  • sueinfl
    sueinfl Member Posts: 105
    edited December 2009

    I just had to add to this thread.

    I went for a second opinion on my chemo treatment plan because it has so many serious SE's down the road (leukemia, bladder cancer, congestive heart disease- TAC). The second onc was highly recommended and patient's raved about his kindly manner. 

    When I mentioned I hoped to be able to exercise enough to actually lose weight on chemo in order to reduce some of the estroge-producing fat I am carrying around, he looked at me, smiled, shook his head kindly and said, "No, no. Don't go changing yourself. Life is too short." 

  • barbe1958
    barbe1958 Member Posts: 7,605
    edited December 2009

    I wasn't given chemo or rads or hormones or any treatment but surgery. My surgeon told me to "save the big guns for next time"! Doi! Yell

  • bf2009
    bf2009 Member Posts: 7
    edited December 2009

    The stupidest thing I have heard so far is from my husband, who says I should feel sorry for him, that he has a wife with breast cancer.

    I guess he overwelmed by all the laundry he creates and now has to wash. he also complains he is not eating well..... guess he has gotten so used to home cooked meals, clean clothing and a clean house, he is not going to adjust well to having chores.

    I am now commited to taking care of me and my 2 wonderful dogs. He can learn to microwave and get used to frozen food and just learn to deal with it as I'm having a really hard time trying to feel sorry for him, which he wants me to say and tell him.

    its just pathetic.

  • barbe1958
    barbe1958 Member Posts: 7,605
    edited December 2009

    You should just tell him you're sorry he's so ill-equipped for survival!

  • bkc
    bkc Member Posts: 31
    edited December 2009

    I've had some pretty crazy things said to me but the most resent occurred last night at my husband's company Christmas party. As we were standing in the serving line a lady in front of me turned and smiled at me and said rather loudly, "SO I GUESS YOU ARE OVER YOUR LITTLE MEDICAL HUMP NOW?" I just looked at her blankly for a moment and before I could think of anything to say my DH put his arm around me leaned close to her and in an equally loud voice said," YEAH, IF WE COULD EVER FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO QUIT ASKING DUMB QUESTIONS WE'D BE DOING OK!  She left in a huff.

    I was mortified . Later I apologized to our hosts and learned that this same person had told one of the other ladies who had recently lost a child, "Thank God you have 3 more."

    Glad my Husband ran her off before she could have said anything else to anyone.

  • cindoe
    cindoe Member Posts: 17
    edited December 2009

    I lost my partner to BC in sept., I was talking to a so called friend about me working alot of overtime, and that It was ok because I could use the money. She said, you might as well, you don't have anything to come home for. Yeah, that sure made me feel good.

  • GramE
    GramE Member Posts: 2,234
    edited December 2009

    Couple of things:   You are so strong.   What does that mean?   Like we/you/I had a choice.

    I liked you bald -  and your cute hats and scarves.   you have a lot of hair (now) and I wish mine was as thick and full...   

    When I married my husband, he decided I could do his white, oxford cloth shirts and not send them to the laundry (which he had done for years).   I immediately told  him if he married me to do his shirts, then he was out of luck.  

    BF, next time he says you should feel sorry for him, tell him he is right.  After all, if he was a bachelor, he would have to do it ALL himself, alone and no one to "bi*ch" to....     I watched this program on PBS about the brain.  The speaker says if  you want a 2 yr old to kiss you, for example,  tell him/her you DO NOT want any kisses and see what happens.   Some people have to be told the opposite to get them to do something.   Try this one -- since it so hard for you (and me) to get laundry and meals done, why don't we hire someone - maybe once a week.   Give him an option, an opportunity to rethink his way of handling things.    

  • leaf
    leaf Member Posts: 1,821
    edited December 2009

    Good grief, cindoe!  What a comment!   I'd sure call that a 'so-called friend'.

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Member Posts: 61
    edited December 2009

    The stupidest thing I have heard so far is from my husband, who says I should feel sorry for him, that he has a wife with breast cancer.

    What an idiot...

  • Welga
    Welga Member Posts: 88
    edited December 2009

    like he lost at the lottery, dum dum

  • KAC
    KAC Member Posts: 43
    edited December 2009

    Have to chime in here.  I actually started writing things down because I couldn't believe what people say.  Yep, had the you're strong, you'll be Ok, you'll get boob job from it.  Here's some more: you'll be fine since they caught it early; do you think it's from the estrogen you've been taking; sugar congests the body and I've noticed that you eat a lot of mints; did you ever smoke; who's your Dr. because I know so and so if you need a 2nd opinion; I was wondering how you could still be working; hang in there; someone else I know was just diagnosed; are you going to have bilat mast. so you don't have to worry about the other breast; have you considered stem cell replacement.

    This was all I wrote down a while ago and I'm sure there are others but I just cannot remember them at this moment.  All this was before I had anything done.   I don't know if people are just uncomfortable and say the first thing that pops in their mind or what.  I hope I have more sense than that. 

  • cookiegal
    cookiegal Member Posts: 527
    edited December 2009

    why do you think you got it?

    I hate it when they ask

    or "but you were always so healthy"

    ok or

    "but you look great"

    I also hate hearing about someone else who is ok, when they have no info about the persons condition.

    If the are stage 1 or node negative, hearing they are fine doesn't make me less scared.

    If they have detailed info, it's a different story...ie at a party someone said , my ex-girlfriend had 11 nodes and she is doing well...ok that's fine.

  • desdemona222b
    desdemona222b Member Posts: 90
    edited December 2009

    When I was recovering from my surgery, I walked outside one morning to find the neighbor walking up to me like I had one foot in the grave.  She said, "I know exactly what you're going through.  My mother died of breast cancer.  She was doing okay at first then it spread to her spine and she was in a wheelchair the last five years of her life."  I had been in a pretty good mood until then. 

  • Mai605
    Mai605 Member Posts: 23
    edited December 2009

    Like many of you, I could write a book with the stupid comments people have made, Hollyann, I agree with you, most don't nearly p#ss me off as much as, "wow you look so great", cuz naturally then, we can't be feeling like sh#t now can we....hmmmmm????

    But today really topped all of them for me.  I had my exchange surgery.  As excited as I've been for this, I've also been a little nervous, it's STILL surgery for God sake!  It's funny how many people I know seem to think of this like a boob job, instead of reconstruction due to BC!  Stupid Person of the Day was a nurse.... as she was trying to find a vein she was blabbing about how busy the hospital is right now... you know so many people trying to have their surgeries before the end of the year, blah, blah, blah, then she smiles and says, "job security I guess".... OMG, I looked at her and said....  "Ummm, you're welcome???"  WTF??  She realized what she said and said, "Oh, yea, I guess not good for you".  

    Here's your sign.... (sigh).

  • chainsawz
    chainsawz Member Posts: 113
    edited December 2009

    I was at a party talking with a large group of people - someone asked a question about my cancer and why I would be in treatment for the rest of my life (stage IV).  Some guy who was successfully treated for prostate cancer 15 years ago piped in and said "I have prostate cancer and it's terminal.  It could hit my bones anytime and kill me."   My eyes welled up and I did my best to hold it together until I got in the car with my partner...then I burst into tears....breast cancer has spread to my lungs and brain....thanks alot a-hole.....

    I also had a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction.  A co-worker said "gee, you are halfway to becoming a man" 

    The fact that these two people are still sucking air is a testament to my incredible patience :>

  • Shrek4
    Shrek4 Member Posts: 519
    edited March 2013

    OMG, chainsawz, I don't think I could have stopped myself from breaking some china on their heads. Honestly.

  • joanneasiata
    joanneasiata Member Posts: 305
    edited December 2009

    My favorite is oh my mum( or who ever ) had breast cancer and she died .

    Nice, thanks for that!

  • SandyAust
    SandyAust Member Posts: 82
    edited December 2009

    Mum..or whoever?

    My mother died of cancer...I guess I have mentioned it at inappropriate times like tonight when I we left the hospital where my mother-in-law in currently in ICU after surgery for a complete fracture of her neck.  It reminded me of walking out of hospital when my mother died and leavng her behind.  It was hard then and it was hard tonight.

    But hey I guess I am insensitive, but grief can be like that.  Nice, thanks for that.

  • txstardust
    txstardust Member Posts: 178
    edited December 2009

    Mum (or friend, or neighbor) is probably what she meant.  I'm sorry that your mother-in-law was hurt, I'm sure it's an awful experience for your family.

    I've had several people tell me that same thing, about someone they know who had breast cancer and had a long, painful death.  Then there are those who are clueless about BC and say, so once you're done with chemo you're cured, right?  Um, no, this is going to be hanging over my head forever!  Then there are the people with all the great advice, like the lady at a restaurant I ate at the other day who saw me with my scarf on, came over and asked what kind of cancer I had, and asked if I was changing my eating habits - that I should be eating more vegetables.  What?

  • SandyAust
    SandyAust Member Posts: 82
    edited December 2009

    I appreciate that "someone they know stories" are annoying.  I am here because I have had breast cancer and so has my mum.  People have said some very dumb and hurtful things to me too.  I get it. 

    However the "mum or whoever" comment really offended me, especially tonight.  A mother is an immediate family member not just 'someone I know".  It HURTS.

    The loss of a parent is extremely painful.  People mention it because certain things in life bring up the painful memories.  They are not trying to be hurtful.  They are hurting themselves and it is the grief talking.  I think those people deserve to be given some slack.  I know I didn't take those stories as being "about me" or being insensitive to me.  I realised that my situation raised those memories and I let it slide.

    I appreciate some people may not agree with me or understand where I am coming from.  However this is how I feel tonight so I am expressing it here in the interest of broader understanding.

    Take care,

    Sandy

  • Sailorgirl
    Sailorgirl Member Posts: 1
    edited December 2009

    Some one sent me an email with a link to a health newsletter that said things like:

    "Nearly everything we've been told about breast cancer by the medical establishment is a lie."

    "Most breast cancer centers have a financial incentive to recruit patients by "finding" evidence of breast cancer."

    "Many of the largest breast cancer non-profits are little more than Big Pharma front groups operating a massive patient recruitment scam."

  • leaf
    leaf Member Posts: 1,821
    edited December 2009

    That's not only dumb and obviously hurtful, it seems nuts to me.

    What do you think this kind of fallacy comes from?  Since breast cancer, like any other cancer, is normally diagnosed by a pathologist, do these people think all the pathologists are in ca-houts (spelling) with Big Pharma?  I remember in the book that Jerri Nielsen wrote (who got breast cancer when she was over-wintering in Antarctica), her husband  (who was also a doctor if I remember right) who abused the family, claimed she was making up her diagnosis of breast cancer.  (She had to biopsy her breast herself, and they transmitted her slide images to the states, as no transportation was possible at  that time in the Antarctic winter.)

    Do  they think that  breast cancer patients are making up their diagnosis and are just looking for sympathy or something?  And they choose breast cancer because it would be more likely to be emotionally charged because sexually related (unlike, say, leukemia)?

  • PNWgal
    PNWgal Member Posts: 1
    edited December 2009

    Thank you all for sharing. I got such a laugh today out of these posts.  I had equally stupid things said to me but the most painful came from my best friend of 45 years who, when I shared I was afraid I had cancer (this after my mom and sister had been diagnosed the previous 2 years, and I had a suspicious mass on MRI), and she told me that "I didn't know that", no concern, no worry, sympathy, and then she bought my BF a Christmas gift and nothing for me.  We haven't talked for almost 3 years now. 

    I have been looking for a support group and I have to say reading these posts is very helpful.  BTW, my BF was wonderful to me throughout, even though he is a self-confessed 'boob' man.  Funny, I always thought my legs were my best quality (I'm tall, 5'11") and never thought my boobs were all that, now they are gone and I have implants, but I'd give anything to have them back and not have cancer.

  • bf2009
    bf2009 Member Posts: 7
    edited December 2009

    The dumbest thing anyone ever said to me had nothing to do with my current problem of cancer but back in my 20's, when a girl who was a friend in high school, a single mother of 3 kids, all from different fathers who turned jesus freak... told me that I was nothing but a drug addict.

    I found that strange as I didn't do drugs. I guess she was just trying to hurt me. I did not mention to her, her situation and choices... what it made her look like, lol

    but I should have.

    I just got the hell away from her.

  • zoegr
    zoegr Member Posts: 6
    edited December 2009

    I was told the dumbest thing today by a friend (because my surgery is a little bit delayed)

    She told me:

    I don't understand why you are so calm, haven't you understand how serious your illness is?

    (So, what should i do? Go and operate myself?)

  • barbe1958
    barbe1958 Member Posts: 7,605
    edited December 2009

    I had a manager from work come up to me at our lunch Christmas party last year just 4 days before my double mast. She said "We all can't believe how well you're taking this!" I told her I have a very strong God holding me up. SHE started to cry and left!

  • GramE
    GramE Member Posts: 2,234
    edited December 2009

    A big, gentle HUG for everyone.   I recall the saying: "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me."   HA, wrong, NOT....   

  • desdemona222b
    desdemona222b Member Posts: 90
    edited December 2009

    SandyAust -

    I don't think I understand why you would find it offensive that others find it offensive when people tell them their mother died of breast cancer?  I mean, I understand bringing it up on occasion, but surely you don't see it as a necessity to tell someone who has breast cancer that your mother died of it do you?  It's a terribly disheartening thing to hear when you're trying to get on with your life.