Bon Bon said:
Ha ha I am amazed at how many people tell me all about a friend or relative that had BC then go on to but she died oh and I made I toddler scream and run to his mummy when I went turbenless in the supermarket
I kept this one from when I was having chemo. I was lucky and had a relatively good run with chemo, but oh, how I hated the "brave battler" :
Having cancer treatment is
mostly a matter of doing what you're told when you're told to do it. There is
not much choice involved.
I, like most cancer
patients, fronted up and put on a gown, or fronted up and held my arm out for
an oncology nurse to find a viable vein when and where directed. I was often
terrified and there were times I was a blubbering mess. Constantly putting
cancer under the "brave" banner places undue pressure on people to
present a stoic face to the world, when they feel like screaming or crying.
Referring to it as a "battle" is upping the ante on people just
trying to do the best they can each day and getting on with the show. Fellow
journalists, please, please find a couple of new words to replace "brave
battle". You're creative, you can do it. While you're at it, think about
losing the cancer "sufferer" descriptor. It makes me feel like a
hopeless leper in Biblical times.
Mandy Squires, Geelong
Advertiser, May 17 2013