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I’ve never liked this terminology. 10 years ago I was polite and patient with it for the most part with my breast cancer adveture 1.0, but now I’m just fed up as I navigate this adventure 2.0. Wait, is navigate a war term!?
Here’s a well-put email from a friend who is a martial arts instructor, I loved this one:
The attitude you’re taking toward this cancer is typical of you; but that doesn’t mean that I don’t respect you all the more for it. Courageous, open, and positive, I cannot begin to tell you how admirable I find the way you’re going forward: it is perhaps inevitable that people will compare you to a warrior, but in the post-Millman world, people say that about any Way of dedication and power. When I say you’re behaving like a warrior, I mean something a little more specific: I mean you’re confronting the situation openly and honestly, and engaging it instead of retreating. You’re not only out of the closet, you’ve blown the closet to splinters that will take a while to settle out of the stratosphere.
More power to you!
Blessings and good faring,
So tell me what you all think of this war talk, and any alternatives you can come up with!
ps: Both photos taken by me at my son’s sword fighting class 3 years ago.
pps: Please do be honest with me in the comments: tell me also if I’m over-reacting and need to get over it, maybe there is a place in the war on cancer for these terms. Really, I can take it! Remember: I’m now a 10 year survivor, I must be stronger somehow.