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Once You Are Diagnosed With Multiple Myeloma Are You A Cancer Patient Or Survivor?

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Once You Are Diagnosed With Multiple Myeloma Are You A Cancer Patient Or Survivor?

You probably have never noticed this, but I rarely refer to people (including myself) with multiple myeloma as survivors.  I use the term “patient.”  The universal definition of “cancer survivor” is anyone who has been diagnosed but is still alive!  So technically, we are survivors.  Yea!  But unlike those who have been treated for–and recovered from breast or skin cancer, for example–it just hasn’t ever felt right to call myself a cancer survivor.  Why?  After all, I refer to  my wife (cervical, uterine, ovarian cancer) as a survivor all of the time.  I guess it is because, in most cases, multiple myeloma isn’t curable.  To me, the term “survivor” has always implied cure–that this former cancer patient at least has a shot of being in the clear.  With multiple myeloma–except maybe a year or so after transplant–it seems we “myelomiacs” (the term my friend and fellow blogger Don Wright uses to avoid this discussion!) are always patients.

Just a rambling reflection from someone who has started to take his writing much too seriously!  We are alive!  We are survivors!  No matter what the weather–cold, snowy, windy, rainy or bright and sunny–wasn’t today a beautiful day!
Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat