Stop Telling People They’re Fighters Who Will ‘Beat’ Their Unsurvivable Disease – USA Today

Read article – An opinion piece by Kathryn Kirkland, professor of medicine and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which she discusses how metaphors invoking war, battle and the fighting spirit are commonly used in response to diagnoses of cancer, but that there is an unintended effect of assuming that fighters should battle against the disease: the missed opportunities to fight for things that are most important — and achievable. Those would include time with family, completion of estate planning, restoration of relationships, and even bucket lists.

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