Cancer Survivor? Don’t Love the Term

Now that I have completed my radiation therapy I can start saying that I am a ‘cancer survivor”.  But I choke on the term.  Survivor?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines survive: to remain alive or in existence : live on.  That’s OK but it feels so passive.

So, rather than Cancer Survivor I plan to call myself a Cancer Veteran (with absolutely no disrespect to military veterans, some of whom are my family).

I feel like I have been at war with a very formidable enemy.  I am recovering from some serious wounds and I am still in the battle for my health.  Already I am sharing Cancer War stories with other veterans.

I did more than simply survive.

I fought.

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