• Would someone please define "survivor" .

    Asked by BoiseB on Monday, May 13, 2013

    Would someone please define "survivor" .

    I thought that after two years cancer free one could be called a survivor. The cancer. returned four months after my two year anniversary. The Doctors say it is 100% certain that it will return. Does that mean I am no longer a survivor? I want to participate in some events so I want to know how to list myself.

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN (Best Answer!)

      By the definition, anyone who has had or has cancer and is still alive, is a survivor. The American Cancer Society considers you a survivor from the moment you are told you have cancer. So yes, you are a survivor.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      From the minute you are dx you are a survivor..Do not rule out surgery to get the mets if its possible.. Demand a surgical consult.This is what the big name treatment centers do all the time. especially sinmce you went 2/1/2 year out..if they say NO get a second opinion at MSK , Mass General, M.D. Anderson, Stanford, USC at Berkley. One of them.
      There ar emany many people who have multiple surgeries and are then cancer free of any and every kind of cancer.

      over 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I say define yourself any way you want. Cancer rarely remains finite in its definition, so why should we.

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      You are a living human being and entitled to participate in anything you choose to participate in and have the qualifications to manage. As to how you "list yourself" it is entirely your choice.

      I choose "alive".

      From the dictionary: a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship, or setbacks


      over 7 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar

      BoiseB, you are not only a survivor, but a THRIVER. I have gotten so much from you and others on this site. Thanks a million, for just being you!

      over 7 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I am a survivor. I have had Thyroid cancer twice with 30 years between. Some cancers have a higher rate of returning thyroid cancer is one of them but I considered myself a survivor once I passed the age they thought I wouldn't (18). Back then it was 10 years before you were supposed to say you were cancer free and I didn't want to wait that long. Getting through treatment means you have survived. Celebrate that with all your heart and know you can go through the next fight. Tracy

      over 7 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar

      I agree with all the answers you have been given, it's simple, If you are alive, you are a survivor., and I'm sure you won't be kicked out of the celebration.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Absolutely, you are a survivor. You're still "surviving."

      over 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      I say whatever it means to you.... I think everyone survivor the day we were told!.... :)

      over 7 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Thank you all. You helped me get my title back. I like to refer to it as a title not a label. The event I want to participate in is 5K hike up the mountain. They don't have any catagories that say "Lost Cause" The event is August 3 about the time the Drs. think one or both the cancers will be back. I am going to prove him wrong.

      over 7 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Good for you on the 5K, you are more than a survivor! We all live with the worry that it will come back and some of us have to fight it more than once. You obviously have strength, you will be fine no matter what happens in the future. Enjoy the training and the hike, Tracy

      over 7 years ago

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