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In early July, I wrote The Ride as a guest for the blog Bizarre as it sounds, I had fun writing my story of cancer in a creative way. Since I am currently on vacation, I thought I’d post it on The Cancerian. It’s quite a ride …

The Ride

by Linda Zercoe

July 5, 2013

I live in beautiful California about 35 miles east of the great city of San Francisco. About two and one-half hours from my home is the famous coastal community of Santa Cruz. It is here where people go to the beach from my town and many have summer ‘cottages’. While still being cold for my taste, there are the familiar landmarks: put-put golf, burger stands, soft ice cream stops, boogie boards, bike rental shops and even kites in flight.

What makes Santa Cruz almost seem like the good old days for me is that they have a boardwalk. In NJ were I spent my childhood, in the summers we went to the Atlantic City, Ocean City, and Seaside boardwalks. Instead of having the salt water taffy that I love, Santa Cruz has a large, long and incredible roller coaster that dates all the way back to 1924. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is constructed of white wood with red tracks. Having survived the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, it still sits on the Santa Cruz boardwalk and loops with a beautiful and infinite view of the ocean and the western horizon.

Our family went to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for the first time and rode the infamous roller coaster shortly after moving to California in August of 1993. I was just 36, married and our daughter was 12 and son, 3. My husband took our son to the kiddie rides and Kim and I decided to ride the roller coaster.

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I was prompted to write this post after a friend shared a blog post on Facebook.

In his post the author and blogger Kevin Lankes writes “Cancer is not a fight.  It’s an illness.” Further on he says “And so there are those who have the propensity to create a mythology to cover up the realities of the disease, in order to apply an idealized version of it to mesh with our moral code or cultural viewpoints.”

He also tackles the concepts of courage and heroes and concludes that these terms should not apply to having cancer. He concludes his piece with “If you think someone is a hero for surviving cancer, or courageous, or inspiring, then you’re part of the problem. You’re doing it wrong. Anyone can survive cancer.  And anyone can die from it.  You want to sell your book, or promote your movie with a heavy sugar coating of mythology wrapped around the serious, ugly core of a terrible disease; that’s fine.  Leave me out of it.”

Like me he believes everyone is a hero, with or without cancer. As someone who has been living (fortunately) with cancer for 20 years and after I just finished writing a book, I was really struck by his viewpoint. I interpreted from his message that cancer just ‘is’ and having it doesn’t attribute any qualities on the person with cancer. So I decided to question the history and notion of why we use the War Metaphor.

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