People say some pretty strange things to me. Lately, as I've been talking to people about going through radiation, and complaining a bit about it, I've received this comment more than once: "well, it's better than the alternative."
Meaning...what? It's better than being dead? It's better than chemotherapy? It's better than having both your breasts cut off? Yes, I guess radiation is "better" than those things. But I'd rather not have cancer at all, thank you very much. And I'd rather not be reminded of it every day. And I'd rather not have ANY treatment, no matter how innocuous.
Even my oncologist, when I was wondering aloud about some of the possibly yucky side effects of the hormone-suppressing medications, said: "well, it's better than chemo."
So I guess if you have cancer, you aren't supposed to complain too much. Good to know. And if you are actually having something terrible done to you, people will respond that it's not as bad as something else. Either to make themselves feel better, or to try to make you feel better.