Stop telling the lie that cancer is a ‘battle’ 

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Stop telling the lie that cancer is a ‘battle’ 

Not every patient appreciates the analogy of cancer as a “battle.”

It didn’t look like the theater of warfare. There were no sounds of artillery fire in the distance. There was no rubble in our path. It was instead simply a beautiful spring day and an intimate conversation between two old pals.

On a bright April afternoon two years ago, I sat with my friend Debbie, having a conversation about the future. Debbie and I had known each other for more than 20 years. We had been college roommates and bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. We were both now working mothers of two.

And we had shared, more recently, the experience of late-stage cancer.

But thanks to an innovative immunotherapy clinical trial, I was now free of the metastatic melanoma that had threatened to kill me. She, on the other hand, had just heard her doctor say there was nothing more they could do for her ovarian cancer. That was the day she asked to promise her that no matter what happened next, I’d never let anyone say that she’d lost a battle.

Six months later, as I delivered her eulogy, I vowed again to keep my word. I have kept that vow ever since.

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