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Diversity Board Written Assignment
Living with Terminal Cancer
Texas State University- San Marcos
COMM 1310: Fundamentals of Human Communication
Daphane Mitlo
Living with Terminal Cancer

I’ve always been the active type and kept my body in shape throughout my youth. Healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle allowed me to feel confident for my future quality of life as an older woman. I never thought being diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer would be the determining factor of how the last days of my life would be. Stage IV, is the later or advanced stage, refers to breast cancer that has already spread to other parts of the body when it is first diagnosed (Bellenir 2009). This means I am no longer getting treated because a cure is no longer possible in my case. Although being diagnosed with cancer has cut my life short, my outlook and attitude towards life has never been more positive and fulfilling. A typical day for me is spent depending on how I’m feeling. If I am feeling well I will go for a walk either around the neighborhood or at a nearby lake. If not, I will spend the day resting at home and spend time with my family and friends. (Question 2). I no longer have a job because my health does not permit it. (Question 3). I have lost most of my hair and I am quite thin due to the cancer treatments I have undergone (Balducci 2003). In my trying to stay active I find myself out in the public eye frequently. Most people around me display other-oriented communication. Because cancer is a subject that people either know someone who suffered from it, or suffered from it themselves, it enables people to display empathy in it’s highest form. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in this country (Bellenir 2009). It is a subject that people think about and are conscious of it being a possibility in their own future. See others display empathy and other-oriented communication is a big part of my everyday life. The most difficult part of my day...
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