Why don't I feel comfortable being called a survivor? It's not that I have a problem with the word survivor being associated with cancer. It’s really just a matter of personal preference. I guess it's a mixture of emotions that makes the word uncomfortable for me. Maybe it's just too soon. Have I survived? My cancer has been in remission for seven months. I go every three months for blood work. And, every time I have an ailment, cancer pops in my head. I realize it’s irrational, but cancer surprised me the first time. I don't want to be surprised again.
Personally, I prefer to be called a cancer fighter. For some reason, I equate survivor with a finalization. Fighter, makes me feel more like a boxer on my toes ready to knock out anything that comes at me.
It could also be the empathy that I have for those who will not survive cancer. Maybe even a little guilt, that my prognosis is better than most. In all honesty, it’s out of respect, that I refer to all of us who have battled and are battling cancer as fighters, because that’s what we are. True bad asses!