BCAM: October 14th

Red shoes kicking again in support OF Abigail Johnston and BCAM .

No Half Measures

Language matters.

Let me say that again, language matters.

Here’s how Adiba describes how MBC patients look at the “battle” terminology:

As a person who loves control and wants to have control, losing control over so many things as a forever patient has been a rough transition for me personally. One thing no one has control over (except, of course, God) is how our bodies respond biologically to the treatments. No two people are exactly alike and no treatment results in the exact same result.

We don’t have any control over how our bodies respond or the cancer cells, so we have no way to “fight,” and the end of that metaphor is we “lose” when we die. Once we are diagnosed, we have lost. We have lost the ability to make a difference by anything under our control. Don’t rub it in by using this language, don’t minimize our…

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Oct 14, 2020 @ 19:05:06

    It’s supposed to make us all feel better about it, I think. Like dead soldiers fell heroically on the field of battle or gave their lives, sacrifice etc etc when they really just died, were killed, had their lives taken. If there’s a battle, as the article says, it makes it seem as though this was a wonderful heroic person and if they died, they are a hero. Language. What sick people need is help and soldiers want to come home.

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  2. lssattitudeofgratitude
    Oct 14, 2020 @ 19:41:22

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. Maggie
    Oct 14, 2020 @ 21:35:44

    Such wonderful points. It has always bothered me when people somehow assume that if one does not survive, they are somehow to weak to fight effectively. That is a lot of B.S. The strongest people I have known fought valiantly.

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  4. Hobbo
    Oct 15, 2020 @ 10:02:26

    Thought provoking

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