In relation to the discussion of the term survivor, I wonder whether we need to redefine or, at least, clarify the word in cancer land so that the world at large understands that anyone who has or has had cancer is recognized as a survivor. If we talk about it generally to be inclusive instead of pertaining only to those who are in remission, we can continue using the term and reject the idea that we need yet another label that misinforms anyone outside the group. Personally, I don’t like labels because they are either too general to be descriptive or too exclusive to apply to mos
As far as being survivors, from a general point of view, I think we are all part of the same group. We may have differences, but like other groups that bear a common name, like student, the generalization does not need to mean that our experiences are the same. As I think about the issue, I am inclined to think that many people simply do not know that survivor encompasses everyone who is treating, whether for primary, locally advanced or metastasis. For those who are interested, we may need to do a little education as to what metastatic breast cancer is. Let’s face it, we’re not out celebrating the fact that we are trying to stay alive every day through treatments and coping with side effects and other debilitating results of the cancer or its treatment, so many people identify survivor with those who are in remission because they are the ones celebrating their “last day of” chemo or radiation.
Where do you think we should start to help people understand what they need to know about cancer survivors? About metastatic breast cancer?
Do we need to shake up the misunderstanding that remission does not mean a cure? Do you think that a lot of people assume that the “last day of” chemo or radiation means the person is cured?
If you have mets, do you think we should have a different label? What label would that be?
Let’s start thinking about it. As always, your comments are welcome either here or by e-mail to dancingsoles at gmail dot com. I want to hear from you.5 6 7 8 © 2004–2012 Donna Peach. All rights reserved.