When a person with cancer dies, people write things like, “Joe lost his long battle with liver cancer”, or “after many years of fighting Suzie finally succumbed to her brain cancer last Saturday, at home, with her family by her side.”
I’ve never read anything like, “John lost a thirteen step battle with gravity after falling down the stairs at work”, or “Janet lost a head-to-head fight with a semi-truck on I-5 over the weekend”.
The fight, the battle is only mentioned when it is cancer. Why? Or, am I only noticing this because I have cancer. Is it a battle I am having with my cancer if I’ve accepted that an unfortunate natural process is running amok in my body? We all perform actions everyday to get us through to tomorrow. Is that fighting or living?