The Semantics of Survivor

How we came to be called “cancer survivors”

Array of multi-colored ribbon-shaped cancer survivor pins.

On August 23, 2012, Lance Armstrong stated he would no longer contest the doping charges levied against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

I remember the date because one day earlier, on August 22, I was officially diagnosed with cancer for the second time. And I took note because my first cancer experience, not…