Let’s stop fighting cancer.

The language of how we talk about cancer is unhelpful to the mental health burden of undergoing treatment of the same illness.

Battle metaphors and cancer are a disingenuous mix. I’d like to invite us all to give that side of things a rest.

Today, I woke up to a deeply sad message from Alex Trebek, delivered in his trademark calm and classy fashion, where he announces he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer:

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Haje Jan Kamps

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Writer, startup pitch coach, enthusiastic dabbler in photography.

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