"I’m the kind of person who might keep themselves bottled up, but now, I’m opening my bottle, slowly."
Male friends don’t really sit down and have long conversations about what they’re going through. We don’t talk about the issue, we just make jokes and have a laugh about it. On the trip, there’s more to it, you get to talk to someone and open up.
Spending four days on a boat with people that have similar experiences allowed us to really bond. I find other people that haven’t had cancer can treat you differently, but everyone here understands what it’s like and the barriers it can have. The people here don’t judge. You can let your emotions out.
People think once you finish your treatment you’re fine. You’re not fine. You’re not mentally there. You don’t know if your cancer could come back during remission. We need support.