by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters
The term cancer muggle is what many people living with a cancer diagnosis define as “a person who thinks they know anything and everything about cancer, although they have no clue.” (A muggle, by the way, is a term borrowed from Harry Potter, referring to humans who aren’t part of the wizarding world).
You’ll know them by the frightening tales they found on Facebook about people who died of exactly what you have now, or conversely by their eternally positive platitudes like: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” Messages can often pretend to be genuine optimism – but aren’t always interpreted by cancer patients as positive. They can instead feel more like what’s known as toxic positivity (also as dismissive positivity). The unintended implication is that if only you had a more positive attitude, you’d be able to “beat” this cancer.
And in cardiac circles, heart patients can also face our own muggles. . . Continue reading “Are you a cardiac muggle?”