Cancer is a social disease. It affects everyone in the patient's circle. In my experience, the mental and emotional pressures of cancer can be just as great or greater for family, friends and caregivers as they are for the patient. There are scars in many more places than my body.
It's a road I walk alone, until the cloud is either lifted or descends to envelop me permanently. But the shadow of my disease is long, and blocks many other people's roads. Their stories are their own to tell, or not, as they please.