In considering the labels that people use to describe anyone with cancer, it occurs to me that I hope my friends don’t think of me as the cancer patient or, worse, victim. I hope they still consider me just me, for better or worse, and that the cancer that I have is a condition that I have and not one that makes me who I am.
One of the oncologists from the American Society of Clinical Oncology discusses this very issue in this article. I surely hope that when I visit the emergency room, the staff are not yet looking to execute a DNR (do not resuscitate) order when they see that I have metastatic cancer. After all, I think I will know when it’s time for end-of-life decisions, and I don’t want anyone else to be confused about this before that time. I am Donna Peach first, and I happen to have MBC. Whether the second part of that is even relevant to an introduction depends on the situation, but it should always be our choice.
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