Originally Posted by FOPA
It would be interesting to hear from more women on this site.
I'm here to help
I think today women are more open with one another and have more of a support system than they did back then.
I think it depends what kind of friends you have -- I do think it's still easy for women to be competitive and not supportive of each other when they aren't truly friends, but acquaintances forced together by social circumstances (soccer or classroom moms). Those aren't the kind of friends I'd confide in, or tell about a difficult medical condition, but I do have a separate circles of social friends, some of whom I've known since college, that I would and do tell just about everything.
I do think that there is, these days, more pressure for women, especially single women like me, to be self-sufficient emotionally, and that can make asking for help difficult, even at times when we really need it. I really have no idea where this comes from.
The Big "C" was kept a secret and women or probably men for that matter, didn't question their doctors to get more information. Not sure how many do now...
I'm not a cancer patient, and IDK how different things are these days for men and women, but I certainly do question my doctors. If I didn't get the information that I needed, I'd find another doctor.
I'm a certified Betty Hater (mostly for how she treats Sally) but I did feel sorry for her in this episode. Having an undiagnosed medical condition really sucks.