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new name? was posted 01/01/2007 12:02 pm by jfriend
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well, we could call it what it is: 'cancer'. i agree with you about calling it the 'beast' and all the metaphors about 'fighting it', it implies (to me) that if you 'lose the battle' it is because you didn't fight hard enough or something. i understand that it ascribes control over something that in reality you have no control over--it's not like weight, which you can control with diet and exercise, or strep throat, which you can 'control' with antibiotics--cancer happens to us, it is not something we make happen (well, some forms of lung and skin cancer can be caused by smoking and sun exposure), it is not something we deserve or that 'god' gives us because we can handle it, it is not something we can fight and win and battle against. i believe that the reality is you get cancer and you do the best that you can to survive it or live with it or die as gracefully and painlessly as possible. i don't think that my mom 'gave up the fight' when she discontinued chemo, she just couldn't tolerate it any more and didn't want to put herself through it. i DO believe that people do the best that they can in ANY circumstance, especially those of adversity--we just do the best that we can, and we should try not to judge others for not choosing the same course that we would/do.

calling PC a 'beast', i think, infantalizes the cancer, makes it more than what it is. in our family, we just called it cancer. we didn't personify it or hate it or rage against it--it was sad, scary, tragic, unfair even--but it wasn't its own entity.

for those that like to call it 'the beast', whatever your reasons, i believe that you are doing the best you can and that if it works for you to call it something, then i'm glad you've found a way to make it work for yourselves.

blessings and namaste, amy

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