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Raven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:42 PM
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Some thoughts on Cancer.
A friend and co-worker (and DU poster) has been battling breast cancer. It is a battle and I have watched it. She's been through the awful diagnosis, the surgery and she's now doing chemo. She's being treated at Dana Farber in Boston and, when she's there, she see folks who are at every stage of the process. She had some very interesting observations today and I thought I would pass them on.

She doesn't like the use of the term "my cancer" because it seems to mean that one has accepted it or succumbed to it. She likes the term "the cancer" because, rather than personalizing it, she objectifies it and can fight it more effectively.

She hates the pink bows because pink is a baby color, a passive color, not a fighting color.

She hates the term "cancer survivor" bacause, to her, it means that someone else saved you. She likes the term "cancer veteran" because, to her, it means that you fought and came home from that war.

She thinks that the Docs at Dana Farber walk on water but she asserts that they can do only so much and that she must do the rest.

To say that she's an inspiration to me is an understatement.
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:40 PM
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1. as a survivor myself, I like her points!
In particular, I agree that at times you need to research and consult yourself in order to decide whether a treatment is right for you.

At LEAST half the healing comes through you, the rest is the doctors and medicine.
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seemunkee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:54 PM
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2. Good attitude
I was a victim, but now a survivor. I don't mind the term, but I understand her reasoning.

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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:56 PM
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3. Sorry she's going through that
Her take on the color pink is very similar to Barbara Ehrenreich's.

Welcome to Cancerland:

http://bcaction.org/index.php?page=welcome-to-cancerlan...
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:40 PM
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4. I have several friends battling cancer right now, including a five year old.


To me, whatever gets you through it, gets you through it. It's a horrible disease.

Best wishes to your friend.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:47 PM
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5. She sounds like a wise and strong woman...
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, but just recently ended her radiation therapy and all seems to be going well. It's amazing how much worry and struggling some people can take on and still stay strong. Best wishes to your friend. :hug:
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