Birthday

Laura’s 51st. Her first as a cancer—what? survivor, I guess (better than “victim” or “patient” or “battler” …). Postlumpectomy, prechemotherapy. At the threshold of a long ordeal.

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  1. Posted November 18, 2005 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Something in the back of my head says:

    “Cancer survivor” sounds so victimlike. Can’t you do better, Mr. Wordsmith?

    So, how about “cancer mama”? Let’s try it out:

    “… Laura’s first as a cancer mama.”

    I think I like it better.

  2. Posted January 4, 2006 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    No chemo, as it turns out. But she has started on tamoxifen. So sometimes I call her Tammy.

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