The Cancer Book: Dear Man

Rochelle taking cues from Destiny’s Child.

Rochelle taking her cues from Destiny’s Child.

Dear man who offered to help me in the Barnes & Noble parking lot on Saturday:

I’m sorry I was kind of bitchy. You were doing this nice thing and I was frustrated and angry and didn’t even turn around to acknowledge your offer.

You see it would have been so easy to let you lift my husband’s wheel chair and put it in my car for me but what about getting it back out when I got home? What about the next time and the next time after that? I was thinking of all that as I cursed under my breath, gritted my teeth and said, “No, got this” at you. Surely you thought I was an ungrateful bitch but you didn’t realize that I was determined to win this battle. I have to learn how to do these things because this is my new life. Our new life.

My husband painfully watches me struggle and I have to figure things out. Every time I get help is one more time I don’t adapt to the new tasks. There are many and we are learning.

Where’s the wheelchair ramp at?

Where’s the wheelchair ramp at?

I try to stay positive and upbeat but sometimes I get so damn annoyed at myself and feel like I am failing miserably. If I fail then my husband and I are quite literally stuck. I can’t have that so I need to succeed. I won’t if I let others take over every time I stumble. When you offered to help I was trying and your offer was an unintentional irritant. I was battling a wheelchair and I had to win.

So while a bit late I want to apologize. You had no way of knowing the drama that was playing out in my car and in my brain.

You were being a gentleman, a kind human being.

I was learning how to be a survivor.

Click here to read part 1: “The Cancer Book
Click here to read part 2: “Chemotherapy, Round Two”



  1. dawnhosking says:

    I recognise so much in what you say as mum experienced such and you are right it is bloomin’ difficult to adapt and yes you have to win. Stay strong x

  2. Check this out. I think you should punk some strangers and use a few of these!


  1. […] Click here to read part 2: “Chemotherapy, Round Two” Click here to read part 3: “Dear Man“ […]

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