I have been around hospitals, doctors, and life-threatening illnesses for a large portion of my life, so I was recently taken aback to learn that something I had heard said over and over in those settings might actually be insulting.
People respond to serious illness in different ways. Some people dive deep into the internet or library and read everything they can. Others turn to family, or to a series of second opinions. Some simply put their trust in their doctor and say, “You know what is best, just tell me what to do.”