Recently, I was talking with someone undergoing cancer treatment and got the impression they were down in the dumps although they professed NO! The problem had to do with a cancelled appointment for the treatment because her blood level was not at the place the Oncologist wanted it. Consequently, they had to wait a week or so. If it didn't work, there was some shot they could take. It sounded pretty ominous to the person and brought the suspicion, which in my experience is normal, "Is there something they are not telling me"
I immediately thought of Rose. I can not tell you the times that Rose would discuss tereatment with someone. She would ask them, "What are you taking?" They would relay it and more than likely her comment was something like, "Oh, I've done that. " And, then she would go on to say how she did with it." In fact, I was often amazed at how easily breast cancer patients talked about their treatment, helping one another understand. What effect it would have, what to possibly expect. And, coming from Rose, who had suffered for so long, her comments carried weight. Toward the end when Rose felt so bad, I simply couldn't get over how she still continued to be there for those who needed to hear it from Rosey.