What should we call them?
So many former cancer patients, who are living as close to their B.C. (before cancer) life as possible no longer want to be called “survivor.”
Is there a better label? Maybe that’s the problem, they don’t want to be labeled at all.
Survivor says you have endured. You have pulled through, out lived, even weathered a terrible storm. If these explanations don’t team with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, what does?
Survivor is not a negative. In cancer world, it teams with courage and bravery and a lot of luck too.
For those who have been through the hard times cancer serves up and can get back to a full life with family and friends, I say “Way to go.”
I also say, “I’m so glad you survived.”