To someone without cancer, it might be hard to imagine. The question rings in my ears, "How can you possibly feel guilty about surviving cancer? Especially when you were doing everything to avoid it when you got it in the first place?
But survivors guilt doesn't follow the rules. It's not rational. And though it might be easier to envision the survivor's guilt that survivors of 9/11 felt - wondering why they had been spared while friends and coworkers lost their lives - it's every bit as real.
Many of us in the lung cancer community came face to face with those feelings these past few weeks. We lost one of our dearest and most loved friends - somebody who was doing so much to make a difference for people living with cancer. Lori Hope breathed hope.
Have you experienced survivor's guilt as a cancer survivor? Have you had to face that bittersweet feeling that comes when you are thrilled to be alive yourself, but are mourning the death of a loved one who didn't survive? If so, check out this article that shares tips that have helped others cope: