I'm a Cancer woman (06/28/1972) who appreciates her sensistivity, MOST of the time. It does help me understand my kids. The crabbiness - well, yeah I could do without it , but it's part of the package. I try to just retreat, brood and when i feel a little better make a joke about it, I am pretty typical- I LOVE being a mom, and I totally spoil them both rotten with food and love. My hubby and I are not supposed to be that compatible- he's an Aries, and that can be rough at time, but we make it work. My Leo son is the center of my universe; my Scorpio son and I cuddle and hardly need to speak to him to understand what it is he wants. I was raised in an adoptive family where all the kids are water signs ( brother Scorpio/brother Cancer/ me Cancer) and my parents are air signs- Aquarius and Libra. Made for us siblings becoming very tight as adults.
I've seen some comments here on the boards about Cancers that say we are hard to understand, at times. Well, honestly half the time I don't understand myself! I'm ok with that... If you are here looking for advice on a cancer woman, ask away.
As for the sudden episodes of distance- we are somewhat protective of our inner selves, and when we withdraw sometimes it is just to re-group and gather our feelings and thought about things before we make up our minds. Or it's just a phase of the moon where we are protecting you from our darker side. Most of the time- not about anyone in particular, just "the world is too much with us" and we need an escape.