Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Rhetoric on Cancer

Rhetoric of Cancer is a BBC podcast about cancer. It talks about the perspective of Andrew Graystone regarding cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer three years ago, Andrew’s perspective of cancer as a disease is something I personally consider new and interesting.

With cancer as one of the deadliest diseases in the world, a person diagnosed with it, is without any doubt, bound to face a lot of challenges, without knowing up to what extent. For those who have been diagnosed with it, and those who have loved ones experience such challenges, I believe that no words will ever be enough to describe what they are going through, similar with the words of Andrew Graystone who stated that he is, just like each one of us, “struggling to find a good language to describe what is going on.” Not knowing when things are going to be okay, or whether when will such challenges and happenings end, or if things will be okay in the end. Just thinking about these things can be very depressing. Yet, someone who actually was diagnosed with cancer see things in a very different angle. His positive outlook in life, despite his condition, was very inspiring. Seeing these cancer cells as parts of him and living alongside with his disease, and not against it, he was able to accept his condition and see things on the different side which, I actually admired about him.

Treating the experience with cancer not as a battle against the disease but, as an experience living alongside with them does not necessarily mean giving up. Personally, I think it is just a way of seeing things in a different perspective. Having cancer is bad enough, what will all the challenges one is bound to face, which is why seeing things in a lighter view can make you see things better and make things a little better. After all, as the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side. .   

Erika Joyce de Luna

2010 – 06190 

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