Linking you to resources and support in the lung cancer community!
I found that after my diagnosis, I noticed some friends beginning to distance themselves from me, as if I were contagious. I felt alot of guilt and shame, feeling I caused my own cancer because I was a smoker, and then believing that people felt that way about me too. For awhile, my hurt and anger resulted in my cutting these folks off from any contact w/me. Once I was able to process my own grief and shame, I was better able to understand my friends' anxieties about illness, death etc and was much more forgiving and welcoming.
Cancer is truly a "systems" disease. Everyone in our life is affected for many different reasons, some of which are hard to sift out during a complicated and vulnerable time. Am wondering about your own experiences with your relationships...tonie