On Wednesday, I told you I would get the results of my latest CT scan yesterday, Thursday. Wrong.
Right here on the desk in the notebook where I keep important information from meetings with doctors and nurses, in big, black letters, it says:
“Dr. will call Friday with scan results.”
I would like to blame chemo brain for my mistake but it had been two weeks since my last treatment so that is probably not the cause. Chemo brain can make you stupid for a few days but it had subsided by the time I was screwing up the Wednesday post.
So, assuming I do hear the results sometime today and to spare you, kind and gentle readers, any test-results-wait-anxiety I may have infected you with on Wednesday, I will slip in the salient information on the Interesting Stuff post tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I ran across a recent BBC story about “cancer cliches” - words and phrases that many cancer patients reject.
We discussed this a bit last August when I explained why I dislike phrases like “battling cancer” and “fighting cancer”. BBC cites a survey of 2000 people who have or have had cancer, reporting that I'm not alone.
”Calling a person's cancer diagnosis a 'war' or a 'battle' and saying they had 'lost their battle' or 'lost their fight' when they died, were other unpopular descriptions, according to the poll carried out by YouGov.
“Articles in the media and posts on social networks were found to be the worst offenders for using such language.
“Mandy Mahoney, 47, has incurable metastatic breast cancer...Mandy said it was not necessary for people to 'swallow a textbook and come up with all of the key phrases' to talk to someone with cancer, and it is fine to not always know what to say.
"'If you tell me it's awkward and you don't know what to say I will find a way to make that right for you, and actually on some occasions I might say 'we don't have to talk about it'.
"'But just be real.'"
There is more detail and a different opinion from a body builder at the BBC site.
I know there are a number of TGB readers who have or have had cancer. How you do you feel about these words and phrases?