Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Check Your Language

The language of cancer: victim, survivor, thriver, patient. What do you call yourself and what do others call you? Below is a link from New York Times Health Pages and author Susan Gubar, who wrote the terrific book called, "Memoir of a Debulked Woman" about her ovarian cancer experience.

In the article below she writes about cancer's language and how we identify ourselves. She raises the tricky linguistics versus timing question: if you are not at the five year mark can you claim "survivor? If your cancer was 20 years ago can you still play that card? I live with these questions . I'm a cancer caregiver and a cancer...what? survivor? patient? person?

Gubar is simply a great writer. So click on the link below and take a look. And share this one with your friends.

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