The war on cancer: Reflections from a conscientious objector


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Andrew Graystone1
1Media Futures


As a writer, my personal experience of cancer caused me to reflect on the language we use to talk about it. The vocabulary we choose (or are offered) to talk about illness expresses what we believe about our lives, and in particular our bodies. Metaphors from warfare serve to objectify cancer. But for those like me for whom it is a personal experience, they may create a paradigm of alienation and failure. So, between my frequent visits to the loo, I set out to explore and experiment with fresh imagery for life with cancer.