This is actually precisely what I was writing against. As patients, we provide the pathology for researchers and doctors to treat. That says nothing about who we are as people. Some of us are strong or smart or brave or whatever good adjective. Some of us aren’t. Having a disease (or not) does not necessarily make you one or the other. I don’t believe that people who die do so because they were not strong enough, and to imply so strikes me as insensitive. I watched some pretty amazing kids die in the hospital. It had nothing to do with who they were as people and everything to do with how aggressive their cancer was.