Why I’m boycotting the Cancer Survivor title

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noun: survivor; ‘a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died’

Yup, that’s me. So why am I boycotting the ‘cancer survivor’ title?

It comes down to two problems.

1 – It insinuates that other people weren’t strong enough to survive, as if it was a choice or a sign of weakness. We all know this isn’t true, but I feel like the continued use of this title can unintentionally offend bereaved individuals.

2 – It suggests the battle is over. You are a cancer survivor now, so it’s time to live everyday like it’s your last and become an even better, brighter version of yourself. Stress.

I want to expand on the latter problem. This affects me everyday. It affects my decisions, my self-esteem, and my mood. And it has for over a decade. When my treatment ended, there was…

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3 thoughts on “Why I’m boycotting the Cancer Survivor title

  1. blindzanygirl

    She does. It is what I have felt for a long time. Cancer patients and those in remission are expected to be and think a certain way. But we can only feel it our own way. I struggled with “being brave” and didnit my own way. Quietly.m

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  2. People do have their own expectations–we can only be and do what we can, and learn to feel good about ourselves because of how God sees us–beautiful.

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