• Are you a "cancer sufferer"? Patient, victim, ? What are we?

    Asked by BobbyZ on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Are you a "cancer sufferer"? Patient, victim, ? What are we?

    Someone recently said to me, "I'm sorry you are a "cancer sufferer". I almost yelled at him and said I'm not a sufferer! Then he asked me, then what do you call yourself? I don't know, what do we call ourselves? I think just a patient.

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I have always been very particular about semantics. I was adopted as an infant, yet I don't consider myself an adoptee. It was something that happened to me, an action. It doesn't define who I am. I always get offended when people wouldn't refer to my parents as my "real" parents. They are about as real as it gets. So, I have always thought before I've spoken because using words incorrectly can be hurtful.

      Cancer...I was a cancer patient. It described what I was going through, just like the action of adoption that I went through as an infant. I was a cancer patient who was struggling, fighting and I guess suffering, but it again didn't define who I was rather than what I was going through.

      Now, however, I do proudly call myself a cancer survivor because I think we can all agree that what we went through as cancer patients certainly has defined who we are today.

      almost 2 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      Yes. Whether we want it to or not it has a big impact on us and our lives. Having cancer doesn't define us. It does cause us a lot of issues though while we fight it!

      almost 2 years ago
    • martyp's Avatar

      Well I am still a Dad and a Husband but to tell the real truth I am also a dead man walking trying to create as many nice memories among the regular everyday things of life.

      almost 2 years ago

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