Mar 28, 2013 - 3:43 pm
Sometimes one might feel as Andrew stated in a previous post ... "I feel my poor prognosis does not help those who are still battling with this disease"...
I have thought about this as well. I also sometimes wonder about the term survivor and the the other war-like military terms associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. One "battles" cancer, is "at war" with cancer, they need to "kill" cancer, one is encouraged to "keep fighting" etc. My husband and I have personally never liked or used the war metaphors, but that preference lies within each person and obviously whatever gives strength and courage works.
But back to my original thought ...
I think that even newcomers do not in their heart shield themselves from the possibility of death from their diagnosis. It seems, at least to me, possible to have both hope that one will live and also accept the possibility of death. Since we all ultimately share the same journey of physical demise, being allowed to witness the courage and transformation of those for whom treatment has ceased to be effective seems an honor. I listen and try to learn from them.
If anyone is ever hesitant to post to this forum once treatment is ineffective and they know that their disease will ultimately result in their death ... consider the simplest definition of a cancer "survivor" that I could find:
A cancer survivor is a person with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living.
Best to one and all. -- C