There are really two ideas driving our “Everyday Amazing” theme. The first – that every single day is truly a gift and that even the seemingly mundane tasks of daily life can take on extra significance if we slow down and appreciate them. The second – that every single day here at the Mass General Cancer Center we all (from patients to healthcare professionals to staff) have the chance, together, to do something pretty amazing.
Sometimes that amazing thing is innovative technology like the proton beam or targeted therapies … but sometimes that amazing thing is as simple as a warm word or a helping hand. Ultimately, that’s why we are all here: to make sure that amazing happens every day.
This is a place where anyone who counts themselves as a member of the Mass General Cancer Center community --- patient, family member, physician, nurse, researcher, social worker, care giver, administrator --- can come to read, think, and write about the words we all use, but which we don’t always understand in the same way. Often we use words and phrases that are common, that we use every day. Yet, their very familiarity creates the illusion of common understanding where, the fact is, we are frequently using these words in radically different ways, with radically different meanings. In our small way, WWTA is meant to help us work toward a common language and make the conversations we have about cancer more meaningful.
Our New Monthly Topic is "Battling"From many different perspectives on cancer – as patient, family member, physician, care-giver or researcher – the language we often use evokes the image of cancer as a war. As we try to be resilient, determined and aggressive in the struggle with cancer, it is accurate to make this connection? More importantly, is it helpful to think in this way, or does it miss something important about understanding and coming to terms with this condition? Are there more useful or constructive analogies we can use to think about and talk about it? This time around we will be talking about the word “battling”. Please read our contributors, as they write about this word over the course of the next few weeks. Add your comments, and share any perspectives that you find interesting. More perspectives will be published every few days, so check back often!