Cancer is not contagious. It is not a communicable disease. Yet when I was battling through a year’s aggressive cancer treatment, some folk who came to see me treated me like a leper. They often stood at the door, reluctant to come in. If they did come into the room, they would sit as far from me as possible.
I’m talking about people who would have greeted me with a hug and possibly a kiss before my cancer diagnosis. When my minister husband and I used to visit people in hospital with cancer or any serious disease, provided they were not infectious, we always made a point of holding their hands or touching their shoulders when we prayed with them. But a number of people can’t seem to touch the cancer victim.