As I mentioned before, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s when someone was sick, they stayed in the hospital for extended periods of time. It was the norm for the time we grew up in. My mother and father always came home from the hospital no matter how long they were in the hospital for! Extended hospital stays was a stable in our household growing up.
Were we naive for not thinking about our parent’s illness as being terminal? Or were we just children being children and not thinking of a young parent’s mortality? Was it the time we were living in that we were naïve? Maybe we were just innocent!
Times were very different then. The television shows from the 60’s and 70’s were quite different from the television shows our children watch today! Back then if I remember correctly happy endings were common.
The word “cancer” was not a word used much in the 60’s and 70’s as it is today. Cancer was a secret word. Even if we heard the word cancer, we, as children would not have known what it meant. We would not have associated it as being a disease our mother would or could die from; after all we were only children who had already lost one parent, our father.
The chances that a women of in the 60’s and 70’s getting breast cancer were 1 in 20! My mother did get breast cancer and it was a secret.