Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Battle That Must End

Joezelle Jairah M dela Cruz
2013-19749

"It doesn't help anyone to hate hate their own body."

After listening to the pod-cast, I realized that the militaristic view on cancer isn't necessary. We've been so accustomed to the perspective that cancer is something the patient should fight to the point that we actually forget that the cancer cells are part of the his body.

Personally I think that the picture of battling with cancer must be removed from our society. It is too negative, too destructive, and too demanding. As far as my understanding goes, when we say that a patient is battling with cancer, it is the same as saying we expect him to win this battle. We leave no room for understanding that sometimes there are battles that cannot be won. We leave no room for understanding that battle is not the only way to get rid of the enemy.

We also forget that the when we say that a patient is battling with cancer, we also say that he is battling himself. Cancer cells are still part of his body no matter what doctors, surgeries, and treatments do. We have to stop making cancer patients think that they are in a battle against their own body. There are different ways to view cancer and we must not let a militaristic view on cancer prevail and create disproportional fear among patients.

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