I’ve written before about the metaphors we use to describe our relationship to cancer. This recent LA Times op-ed also makes a good argument for questioning the way we talk about having cancer and why.
When she became dizzy and passed out in the hospital, she’d wanted to ask her oncologist if she was dying, but she couldn’t bring herself to project anything other than a positive outlook. “I’m not a quitter,” she told me, “but I think fighting this is killing me.”
This video is a vivid explanation of living with Lupus. But it applies also to people with incurable cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or other debilitating illnesses. Thanks to my friend Knitting Beth for bringing this to my attention. It’s worth the 13-1/2 minutes. Watch it!