Thursday, March 25, 2010

With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate

We’re all familiar with sentences like this one: Mr. Smith died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. We think we know what it means, but we read it and hear it so often that it carries little weight, bears no meaning. It’s one of the clich├ęs of cancer.

It is easy shorthand. But it says more about the writer or speaker than it does about the deceased. We like to say that people “fight” cancer because we wrestle fearfully with the notion of ever having the disease. We have turned cancer into one of our modern devils.

But after staggering through prostate cancer and its treatment — surgery, radiation and hormone therapy — the words “fight” and “battle” make me cringe and bristle.

I sometimes think of cancer as a long and difficult journey, a quest out of Tolkien, or a dark waltz — but never a battle. How can it be a battle when we patients are the actual battleground? We are caught in the middle, between our doctors and their potential tools of healing and the cell-devouring horde.

Click here to read more from this post by Dana Jennings from the New York Times Well Blog.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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WELCOME to The Wellness Community-West Los Angeles' blog, Cancer Support, Education, & Hope!

This blog is for all people affected by cancer who are looking to share and connect with others dealing with cancer. If you are up in the middle of the night or just looking for something to occupy your time during a chemo session and want a safe place to share feelings -- reading and responding to this blog might help you in your fight for recovery. Explore the power of the written word and its impact on your well being.