Remission versus Survivorship
Just wanted to get a feel from you all about the above words. I was stopped in the street the other day by a lady I hadn't seen for a few years. She remarked that I had achieved a lot during this time of my remission.
REMISSION?? I thought " there is that 20th century negative word"- we don't hear it., we only seem to hear SURVIVE and all its conotations. Then I thought about the two words and think that I don't like survivor rates and statistsics especially as many near and dear ones are experiencing secondaries.
They are experiencing the end of a remission.
The word has value.
I have talked with a lot who tell me about the survivor stats for 5 years + etc etc., and a lot of people take it that we will live for eternity, or at least till we are 101 in a nursing home ! We all know we can't say the cancer is gone forever, so what is a word that is REALISTIC? eh girls?
I can't think of one.