Dear fellow list servers,
I had a lumpectomy and radiation a year ago for DCIS and have recovered fully. But meanwhile I've become interested in this new label of "cancer survivor" that you and I and many others have been assigned; so interested in fact, that I'm doing a research paper on the subject for a graduate course in ethnomedicine at the University at Buffalo and will likely make it the topic of my master's
This label of "survivor" seems to be used only to describe persons who
have recovered from cancer. It isn't applied to people who have recovered
from potentially deadly heart attacks, for instance, or stroke, or any
other chronic disease. I'm intrigued by the origin and purpose of this
I'm interested in hearing the thoughts of other women on this subject,
and will keep your comments anonymous. For starters, do you describe
yourself to others as a "cancer survivor?" Were you embarrassed to
admit you had cancer? Do you think there is still a stigma attached to
a cancer diganosis? Do you ever feel at all exploited as a "cancer
survivor", by for profit or non-profit
organizations established to raise money for cancer?
I'd very much like to hear your thoughts on these and any other issues
surrounding the label "cancer survivor."
Thanks and best regards,