Cancer "survivor": How do you feel about this term?

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Cancer "survivor": How do you feel about this term?


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Cancer "survivor": How do you feel about this term?

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Hello everyone, 

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How do you feel about the term "cancer survivor"? Does it give you a sense of pride or courage? Or do you think it adds to the general stigma around cancer?
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Feel free to share your thoughts here, it's interesting to see what others think!

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Courtney

Cancer "survivor": How do you feel about this term?


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The term Cancer Survivor,  I guess that’s me!    I was Dx in June 2018. With stage4 B Figo 2 endometrial cancer had 6 carboplatin and taxol. Aug to nov 2018: had a break. Then finally the long awaited laproscopic  robotic hysterectomy! Jan 2019 Which had a good outcome ! I had 3 more chemo with Avastin. 2nd opinion at CTCA . I had ct scan and labs. They declared me NED April 18 of 2019 I will be NED 2 years on April,18 2021.  I feel I fought cancer and got NED. And returned to work. With MCSD AUG 2019.  Worked in person at school until outbreak of Covid in March 2020. I returned to work in person Aug 2021.  Still working now !  It’s been a challenge,  a fight, and a true survival ! !  I feel I fought cancer and survived it just in time to fight and survive  a pandemic , 

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Having recently found that I'm in remission after 6 mos. chemo and radiation afterwards, I have mixed feelings. Maybe confusion is a better word? Lisalinn above? I "get" how you feel, I pushed myself hard through chemo, (and often fell off my bike when I tried to exercise LOL), I didn't complain, I kept my chin up. This was easier for me than most for one reason I think... I moved to a different state for treatment and knew nobody. Every couple of weeks I'd talk to my brother Gary who was great, but otherwise isolation. Nobody saw how sick I was and as I had nobody to complain to I just didn't think of self-pity and strangely I wasn't bitter.  Now no cancer sites are visible after a PET scan (26 Jan) but now what to do? My thoughts seem like scrambled eggs some days, I'm planning on leaving MA in the spring for FLA. where I have family and this seems exciting. But I've become either worn out or depressed these last 2 months and this is not like me. Cancer survivor is something that I can't think about now, the port for infusion remains in my chest and I can't think in these terms for awhile. I'll straighten out eventually I'm certain, I'm no stranger to adversity. When I leave Springfield MA in the spring, I will never discuss lymphoma or any cancer with anybody...nobody gets it unless they've had it. If tests look good in a few years I won't think of it... There are plenty of other things that may take me out at 64 and I don't suppose I'll worry about these either. I can't be afraid constantly or I'll never sleep. Anyway, good luck to all here and thank God spring's coming....

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Diagnosis  with Uterine cancer in 2009 and then Breast  cancer  in 2018. The first  was relatively  easy just had  a  histeremcemy.  The  second  involved  surgery  to  remove  a  lump and radiation . And 5 to 10 years of hormone blocker therapy. 

So I am about  2 years  into  the  hormone blocker therapy 

I feel  that  I  have  been  blessed  and God allowed  me  to  be healed. 

But  survivor  I have  a  hard time with that term. Do  I belong  out there recognize  at a relay for life event along side  of people I know who had a  much more  difficult  time. 

Not even  crazy  about  having  to  go  to a cancer center  for treatment 

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I want to be a survivor this is year 6 with stage 4 colon cancer. I will never have surgery unless you count the surgery they want to do the glass beads for my liver but don't know yet. I have it on my lungs, liver, lymph nodes, between my sternum and my heart. I want to hear that I beat cancer this will someday take me and I'm only 42 diagnosed at the age of 36. I'm not negative been positive really through this whole ordeal.

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