Friday, October 24, 2008

cancer metaphors

Journalists use military metaphors when they talk about cancer. You read it on the news all the time. There is a war on cancer going on, at least since Nixon declared it. In this war, cancer is the enemy. Tumors are targets. Doctors generals. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are the weapons. I guess nurses are the soldiers and the war strategists are the scientists who develop the new drugs. Our care givers are our allies.

We, the cancer patients, are often described as (war) heroes, victims or survivors. I would say that we are more like Prisoners of War. At least that is what I feel like sometimes.

Even though I have also used these war metaphors, I am not sure they fit.

Often my friends describe me as a hero, a warrior or a fortress. With such kind words, they give me strength, that's true. How can I disappoint them?

But I am not a hero. And I certainly don't feel like one.

4 comments:

tapioca said...

minha querida, "vitima, heroína, sobrevivente ou prisioneira de guerra" tu és a NOSSA Elsa, minha amiga do coração, sempre presente no nosso pensamento. Esperamos que regresses depressa a casa, bem disposta e que o teu voto tenha sido decisivo. Mil beijinhos

CLARINHA said...

Heroína sim, e muito mais..

Miguel S. said...

Não podes realmente saber como se sente um herói. Talvez penses que tem sempre certezas, que nunca tem medo... Tretas! Quem não tem medo é maluco, a coragem está em conhecer o medo e saber ultrapassá-lo.

Ah... e super-heróis, sabes... esses não existem mesmo... ;-)

Isabel said...

Great post, adorei.
love you

Isabel