Judy Segal, a UBC English professor, spoke to the Globe and Mail for a story on the idea that sickness should be met with positivity.
Segal said people in poor health may find it more difficult to express their negative thoughts and instead feel responsible for their loved ones.
“When I told somebody that I had cancer or I was with someone who knew that I did, I felt like I had to look after them. I didn’t want them to be too sad,” she said. “I felt responsible for how bad they felt because they felt bad for me.”