Many people refer to cancer as a "battle", implying that it is something that can be won or lost. But according to Uzma, cancer can never win. Read more.
I read an obituary of a friend's sister who wrote the most commonly used sentence to describe death caused by cancer, "she finally lost her battle to cancer."
I have a problem with that sentence. A big problem. It implies that cancer has won. If that were true, her cancer, as an entity, would be alive, thriving and sustaining, but it is not.
So if this were to be appraised as a win or lose situation, at the most it is a draw—a situation where both parties played each other well, matched each other equally and there was no result. A "game" where both parties ran out of play time, both spent and exhausted. For someone to win, the victor has to be able...